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Posted: June 11, 2021

State "Inspire" Conference Open to Educators, Families, & Students

The four-day, virtual event hosted by the New Mexico Public Education Department begins at 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 16, with a welcome speech by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham.

Keynotes and workshops throughout the event will develop the 2021 conference theme:  “AIR: Advocate, Innovate, Renew,”  with a focus on wellness, special education and advocacy, and opportunities for educator celebration and professional learning.

“This is a time just after the end of the school year for everyone to take a deep breath and think about how we’ve grown and learned in this pandemic year and how we can use those lessons to better serve every New Mexico student going forward,” said Public Education Secretary Ryan Stewart, who will give a keynote Thursday afternoon.

Educators, parents, and other family members are especially encouraged to enroll in the virtual conference, which is free and open to all. Registration is requiredRegister for the Inspire Conference.

Each day’s programming has a unique focus, beginning with Wellness Wednesday, which features sessions promoting physical and mental well-being.

Thursday’s programming is built around a Special Education Summit, during which educators, parents and advocates will discuss issues affecting students with disabilities and learn skills for working with those students.

On Friday morning, 2020 New Mexico Teacher of the Year Mandi Torrez, now the department’s teacher liaison, will moderate a packed panel discussion on the future of education in New Mexico. Panelists are Secretary Stewart, state Sen. William Soules, Tracey Cordero of the Indigenous Montessori Institute and vice-chair of the Indian Education Advisory Council, Patricia Jimenez-Latham of Transform Education New Mexico and Hope Morales of Teach Plus New Mexico.

A family engagement leader salon Friday afternoon will bring together stakeholders who are committed to maintaining momentum in their schools and districts to build and strengthen school-home partnerships that promote student success.

Saturday kicks off with a keynote by 2021 New Mexico Teacher of the Year Alisa Cooper de Uribe as the conference winds down to a 1 p.m. closing.

The conference will offer opportunities for stakeholders to cultivate advocacy skills, innovate on existing and best practices, and renew their own spirits with celebrations of the diversity of our communities.

Workshops will cover both adaptive and technical change in the classroom and provide opportunities for educators and key stakeholders to network, share stories of success, and push one another’s thinking and practice in service of all children in New Mexico, with a particular emphasis on students and families most impacted by inequity.