Teacher Professional Development
Golden Apple Foundation provides opportunities for teacher professional development periodically throughout the year. The annual Math Institute occurring over a series of weeks each fall has provided innovative ways at looking at how teachers teach and what students need to know. Each summer, the Fellows gather for a Summer Conference, inviting schools and school teams to join. Keynote speakers and presenters from across the United States have been invited to present and share their expertise, helping to broaden the perspectives for educators in New Mexico. During COVID, Golden Apple shifted gears and began offering virtual professional development. The result has been the opportunity to better support educators in every part of the state. Our most recent series on social and emotional well-being provided support for teachers, their students, and how to best meet the needs of our communities.
Free Virtual Teaching Course
Let’s Do Science!
Bringing Hands-on lessons to Online Learning
Join us for a four-part series in March that will provide participants with ready to do science explorations that can be done virtually and easily transition to in-person classroom lessons. Each week, participants will explore the wonders of science including the weather, animals, the human body, and robots. This professional development is geared for students in the early grades of elementary school. Lessons may be contextualized and expanded to upper elementary students.
Participants will have the opportunity to apply for a grant to bring all the lessons to life in their own classrooms.
Presenter: Stephanie Walstrom – Golden Apple Fellow
Stephanie Walstrom is a 2019 Golden Apple Fellow who has been teaching Kindergarten most of her 15-year career. She is board certified in Early Childhood and believes that children learn best by doing. She adheres to a belief that joy IS the most important learning standard and that children who are having fun and love their teacher are learning at maximum capacity. Stephanie is from Ohio but New Mexico is her home. Though Stephanie wasn’t entirely sure how online learning could be done well, she has found that sending home learning kits every two weeks has opened a world of possibilities to bringing hands-on to her online class! She is excited to share with you some of her successful experiences from her virtual class.
What: Let’s Do Science! Bringing Hands-on lessons to Online Learning
For: Elementary School Educators
Date: Every Thursday in March 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th
Time: 4:15pm – 5:15pm MT
Location: Virtual – Zoom link will be sent to registrants
Registration: Register Online Here
Deadline: Extended! – Space is Limited
Workshops & Classes
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Teacher Professional Development
2019: Emotional Poverty in All Demographics
Ruben Perez, a consultant for Aha!Process Inc. discussed the underlying causes of anger, anxiety, and violence; how they develop; and tools that can be used to change these responses. Perez also shared with educational professionals ways to motivate good behavior in the classroom.
2018: Cognitive Connections
Sarah Ward, an internationally recognized Speech/Language Pathologist, helped teachers and other educational professionals learn hands-on, practical strategies she has developed with her co-director, Kristen Jacobsen, to improve cognitive skills in students. Teachers learned powerful strategies that could be implemented in classrooms easily.
2017: Trauma-Informed Practice in Schools
Dr. Craig Pierce, LMFT, LPCC, of the Southwest Family Guidance Center and Institute, presented specific new techniques to address the effects of trauma in classrooms and how to build a trauma-informed practice at the school level.
Check out the Facebook Live video here:
Part 1: https://www.facebook.com/GoldenAppleNM/videos/1328323810619774/
Part 2: https://www.facebook.com/GoldenAppleNM/videos/1328531150599040/
2016: Beyond Measure
2016’s conference grew into a 2-day event complete with renowned keynote speaker Robert Ahdoot of YayMath! and breakout sessions to fit more uniquely fit all grade levels and subjects.
2015: Differentiated Learning
2015’s first Golden Apple Conference was all about “Differentiated Learning,” led by Kathleen Kryza