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Professional Development

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.” – Gwen Warniment

ISEC Professional Development includes an annual four-day summer Teachers Institute, condensed kit training, and site-based coaching and support with a scope and sequence of topics in effective inquiry STEM instruction and high-yield best practices.


2017 ISEC Teachers’ Institute 

Please join us for the 2017 ISEC Teachers’ Institute!
August 1–4, 2017, 7:30am–3:30pm each day

El Camino Real Academy: 2500 South Meadows Rd., Santa Fe, NM

All elementary teachers who teach science in an ISEC school are required to be trained on the Next Generation Science Standards modules. This training is ONLY for newly hired teachers or those who have changed grade levels. Each teacher will receive a daily stipend of $145 for attendance. Breakfast will be provided, half-hour lunch is on your own.


In-Depth Professional Development

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 David Call at or Danielle Gothie 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.

View In-Depth Professional Development Offerings

Chama Valley Independent School District

  • Chama Elementary School (DR)
  • Tierra Amarilla Elementary School (DR)

Dulce Independent School District

  • Dulce Elementary School (DR)

Española Public School District

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

Jemez Pueblo

  • Jemez Day School (DG)

Jemez Mountain School District

  • Gallina Elementary School (DR)
  • Lybrook Elementary School (DR)

Mesa Vista Consolidated School District

  • El Rito Elementary School (DR)
  • Ojo Caliente Elementary School (DR)

Peñasco Independent School District

  • Peñasco Elementary School (DR)

Pojoaque Valley Public School District

  • Pablo Roybal Elementary School (DG)
  • Pojoaque Intermediate School (DG)
  • Pojoaque 6th Grade Academy (DG)

Santa Fe Public School District

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

Materials Assistance

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

Bryan Maestas, ISEC SRC Coordinator

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