Let's walk through this together..
In-person Learning Taking a Fall
Extended Learning Pays off
A daunting figure — 1,048 openings — reflects the challenge faced by school administrators and lawmakers as the Jan. 18 start of the legislative session nears.
It represents the number of unfilled teaching positions statewide that were identified by researchers at New Mexico State University in September, a month into the school year.
As COVID-19 cases continue to swell statewide and in Santa Fe with the swift spread of the omicron variant, including in local schools, a teachers union Monday urged Santa Fe Public Schools to consider shifting to a four-day week on campus, reserving Fridays for remote, “asynchronous” learning.
The teaching method differs from other types of instruction by allowing students to view materials independently online, with no real-time lessons.
In Santa Fe, many children struggle with poverty, which affects their learning. More than 71 percent of students in Santa Fe qualify for free and reduced lunch, and come from families and/or cultural and linguistic backgrounds that have historically been marginalized. These programs add days to the school calendar to help recover the in-person instructional time lost to the pandemic.
The focus of the additional time should be used to support structured literacy, evidence-based mathematics and/or professional development.