Educational Resources

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.  

 Free Professional Development

Fostering Mathematical Thinking in the Early Years

Presented in Partnership with Sandia National Laboratories

This virtual series will help early childhood educators gather ideas for building math sense in the early years. Resources and activities shared will help young children in authentic, child centered ways. This workshop is geared for teachers of children 3-7 years of age. 

Presenter: Stephanie Walstrom, Golden Apple Fellow, Whittier Elementary School

Who should attend? Educators teaching children ages 3-7 years 



Tuesday, November 28th                    

Tuesday December 5th                   

Tuesday December 12th

TIME: 4:30PM-6:00PM 




What: Fostering Mathematical Thinking in the Early Years

For: Educators teaching children ages 3-7 years.

Date: Tuesdays: November 28th, December 5th, December 12th

Time: 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm MT

Location: Zoom (Link will be sent following registration)

Cost: Free 

Registration: Register Online Here 



Workshops & Classes

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Teacher Professional Development

2021: Let’s Do Science!

Golden Apple Fellow, Stephanie Walstrom, presented ready to do science explorations that can be done virtually and easily transition to in-person classroom lessons. Participants explored the wonders of science including the weather, animals, the human body, and robots. This professional development was geared for students in the early grades of elementary school.

See Entire Course and Materials Here

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:
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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


Thank You to our Professional Development Partners

These sponsors generously provide funding for our special programs of professional development for teachers.

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