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Professional Development

Professional Development Opportunities for Northern New Mexico Educators!

2021-2022 Winter
ISEC Teachers’ Institute
K-5 In Person
Curriculum Kit Make-Up Training

January 10 - January 14 
(Each grade will be a one day, ONLINE training:12 pm to 3:20 pm) 

Please join us for this important & exciting ONLINE professional development offered to all ISEC Regional Teachers!

The 2021-2022 Winter ISEC Make-Up Training  is REQUIRED for:

  • Newly hired ISEC K-5 teachers
  • Teachers who have changed grade levels 
  • Kindergarten Teachers this year due to a new Earth and Physical Science Kits

This will be a one-day, IN-PERSON training. A Zoom Link will be provided with your registration follow-up details.

ISEC teachers new to school or new to grade NEED TO ATTEND ONE DAY OF MAKE UP TRAINING in order to receive an inquiry science kit curriculum for the semester. 


Teachers are the fundamental change agents in schools. By providing on-going opportunities for teachers to grow, reflect, feel validated, and develop their practice, ISEC makes an impact with a systemic approach.

Equity is as much about our children as the adults who serve them.

ISEC Professional Development includes an annual four-day summer Teachers Institute, condensed kit training, and site-based student-centered coaching and support with a scope and sequence of topics in effective inquiry STEM instruction and high-yield best practices. The Northern New Mexico Conference on Education is another LANL Foundation offering that translates current best practices into learning tools for local teachers, schools, and nonprofit professionals.

Summer Teachers’ Institute

Each summer, ISEC teachers attend the Teachers' Institute for a deep dive into the investigative teaching and learning process and guidance on individual lessons specific to their grade's curriculum module. Next Generation Science Standards and current state standards are built into K–6 grade level kits and curriculum. Teachers are paid a stipend for this professional development that also includes a focus on notebooking, argumentation, classroom management strategies, and overall pedagogy.

The Teachers' Institute is REQUIRED of and only available for newly hired teachers or those who have changed grade levels in ISEC schools. 

2022 Dates TBD

For additional information, please contact Doris Rivera at

Teacher Leader Cadre

Out of its strong commitment to offer ongoing learning opportunities for teachers, ISEC formed a Teacher Leader Cadre (TLC) to cultivate program sustainability and build capacity for our districts.

This group of 45 exemplary teachers, selected from across the districts, meets five times a school year on Saturdays and receives a stipend. They engage in advanced professional development to provide additional leadership and support for their ISEC peers. Members of the TLC serve as trainers during the summer Teachers’ Institute and offer valuable ongoing support to their colleagues throughout the year.

Want to know more? Interested in supporting ISEC or partnering with us?  Please contact Doris Rivera at

Ongoing Support for Schools

All participating ISEC schools are supported by members of the ISEC instructional team who work with teachers to model instruction, coach, support classroom management, co-teach, and co-plan. ISEC staff meet with principals three to four times a year to keep them informed of the project and offer them professional development in key areas of inquiry pedagogy, formative assessment, and supporting staff with change in practice.

Teachers and principals are encouraged to contact their instructional team member with any questions, need for assistance, or desire for additional training.


Chama Valley Independent School District

  • Chama Elementary School
  • Tierra Amarilla Elementary School

Dulce Independent School District

  • Dulce Elementary School

Española Public School District

  • Abiquiu Elementary School
  • Alcalde Elementary School
  • Chimayó Elementary School
  • Dixon Elementary School
  • Eutimio Tim Salazar /Fairview Elementary School
  • Hernandez Elementary School
  • James H Rodriguez Elementary School
  • Los Niños Kindergarten Center
  • San Juan Elementary School
  • Tony E. Quintana Elementary School
  • Velarde Elementary School

Jemez Mountain School District

  • Gallina Elementary School
  • Lybrook Elementary School

Mesa Vista Consolidated School District

  • El Rito Elementary School
  • Ojo Caliente Elementary School

Peñasco Independent School District

  • Peñasco Elementary School

Pojoaque Valley Public School District

  • Pojoaque Intermediate School
  • Pojoaque 6th Grade Academy

Santa Clara Pueblo

  • Kha'p'o Community School

Santa Fe Public School District

  • Acequia Madre Elementary School
  • Amy Biehl Community School
  • Aspen Community Magnet School
  • Atalaya Elementary School
  • Carlos Gilbert Elementary School
  • César Chávez Elementary School
  • Chaparral Elementary School
  • EJ Martinez Elementary School
  • El Camino Real Academy
  • El Dorado Community School
  • Gonzales Community School
  • Kearny Elementary School
  • Nava Elementary School
  • Nina Otero Community School
  • Piñon Elementary School
  • Ramirez Thomas Elementary School
  • Salazar Elementary School
  • Tesuque Elementary School
  • Sweeney Elementary School
  • Wood Gormley Elementary School

Materials Assistance

Teachers may also contact the Science Resource Center (SRC) for assistance with any materials.

Bryan Maestas, ISEC Program Manager, or Monica Herrera, ISEC SRC Manager