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.  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 Professional Development

Grant Writing Workshop

Learn How to Get Grants

In this workshop, you will learn how to translate your innovative ideas into successful grants. Chris will share what’s worked for him in grants submitted to education foundations, Donors Choose, corporations, and community non-profits. This includes what to do and what to avoid. You will also learn how to best structure project-based learning (PBL) to engage all learners and how this translates to a fully-funded grant. Two participants will receive mini-grants following the workshop!

Participants will have the opportunity to apply for a Golden Apple mini-grant.

Presenter: Chris Speck, Golden Apple Fellow 2018

Chris Speck is a 2018 Golden Apple Fellow who has been a teacher in Albuquerque for 19 years. After 10 years in elementary schools, he switched to middle school-first math, now science, and has loved every minute of it. He was fortunate and grateful to participate in the Research Experiences for Teachers Program (RET) for two years at the Advanced Materials Lab at Sandia National Labs under Dr. Tim Boyle. He also worked as a visiting teacher in July of 2018 at the Hawai’i Institute of Marine Biology’s Gates Coral Lab. Principal classroom projects have included high altitude ballooning, Sphero robotics, coral reef ecosystem, dual aquaponics ecosystems, organism metabolism labs, underwater robotics, computer science (app development), and biotechnology.

What: Grant Writing Workshop

For: All Educators

Date: Thursday, September 16th, 2021

Time: 4:00 pm – 5:00 m MT

Location: Virtual – Zoom link will be sent to registrants 

Cost: Free 

Registration: Register Online Here 

Deadline: September 13th, Register ASAP Space is Limited

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Workshops & Classes

When we have future teacher professional development workshops and classes we will announce them here, on our social media and our e-newsleteer. Sign-up to be the first to know about future opportunities.  

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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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