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Educators to attend conference at NMSU to establish state organization

New Mexico State University’s College of Education will host a three-day conference later this month to establish a statewide organization.

Nearly 40 high school teachers from across the state are expected to attend the New Mexico Educators Rising Conference June 24 to 26 at NMSU’s O’Donnell Hall, 1220 Stewart St.

Karen Trujillo, director of K-12 Outreach for the College of Education’s Alliance for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning and one of the conference’s organizers, said the college’s goal is to establish a state chapter of Educators Rising, a national organization focused on connecting educators with high school students who aspire to become teachers.

“There’s always a need for teachers. It’s a rewarding job,” Trujillo said. “The idea is to have teachers build it (the state organization) from the ground up. My hope is that they walk away (from the conference) with a five-year plan.”

The conference will feature presentations by Dan Brown, the executive director of Educators Rising, along with EdRising co-director Ashley Kincaid. Rachel Mann, the Arizona state director of Arizona EdRising, will also speak.

Trujillo said the purpose of the conference is to increase the number of education majors across the state, and to support retention in the field.

“It is important that high school students who want to teach have a chance to explore education careers, and it is important for us to help teachers provide opportunities for these students to get the appropriate information and experiences,” Trujillo said.

The conference is sponsored by Cooperative Education Services, NMSU Alliance and the NMSU College of Education. Michael Morehead, the dean of the College of Education, will welcome attendees at 1 p.m. June 24 and host a reception from 5 to 6:30 p.m. for participants, superintendents, legislators and deans and directors of education programs in New Mexico.

For more information, contact Trujillo at 575-646-1500 or ktrujill@nmsu.edu.