During the 2020-2021 school year, Thoma Foundation’s grant to HPREC covered the cost of a virtual, three-part series for counselors, teachers, and Early College High School leaders on Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) as well as professional development to effectively implement NS4ed’s innovative career-integrated math curricula.
Services and Programming:
The High Plains Regional Education Cooperative (HPREC) serves eight rural school districts in northeastern New Mexico by providing innovative and research-based support and services. As the public education landscape evolves, HPREC provides expertise, powerful tools, and systematic approaches to assist school districts in meeting educational goals. NS4ed is an educational technology company based in Tennessee. They provide quality leadership, research, and guidance to educators that promote best practices leading to improvement in teaching and learning. NS4ed focuses on action-based research that leads to practice and is beneficial to policy makers and practitioners. Their model emphasizes local issues that educators face allowing systemic change from within. HPREC partnered with NS4ed to bring high-quality training, professional development, and math curricula to the teachers, counselors, and students within its member districts.
Covering the northeastern corner of New Mexico, HPREC serves Cimarron Municipal Schools, Clayton Municipal Schools, Des Moines Municipal Schools, Maxwell Municipal Schools, Mosquero Municipal Schools, Raton Public Schools, Roy Municipal Schools, and Springer Municipal Schools. NS4ed partners with state and local entities to provide research, policy and practice deliverables that yield high value and actionable resources. In addition to HPREC, their current partners include the New Mexico Public Education Department, the Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative, Universidad Metropolitana, Measured Progress, and Digital Promise.
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Why We Partnered with HPREC and NS4ed:
- Interviews with administrators and educational stakeholders in northeastern New Mexico revealed the need for stronger career/college pipelines and the value of SEL training, especially under the unique challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.
- NS4ed’s career-integrated math curricula for algebra and geometry employ evidence-based practice based on research on effect of purpose, choice, and contextualization in student learning and motivation.
- NS4ed’s CASEL-approved SEL curriculum combines concrete, age-specific classroom and digital strategies for teachers and counselors with customized follow-ups so that participating schools and regions can address their communities’ specific needs.