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August 9, 2017 – Professional Development Schedule


The Las Cruces Public Schools Professional Development Center is committed to cultivating high quality, effective teaching and learning.

Our Work

The Las Cruces Professional Development Center provides teachers, administrators, and other district personnel with instructional resources, professional development and support. Funded with district operational funds and Federal Title II funds, the Professional Development Center offers the following opportunities:

  • Coordination of district-wide training for curriculum, technology integration and school improvement implementation
  • Teacher training in literacy, numeracy, science, technology integration and Common Core State Standards (CCSS)
  • An Induction Program for Level I and alternative licensure teachers, providing training, site-based mentors, resources and individual support
  • A professional development component for administrators
  • Coordinate placement of university pre-service teachers
  • A store with current learning materials and classroom resources
  • Staff assistance in materials and resources location and production
  • Support for the Professional Development Dossier, Levels II & III
  • Support for National Board for Professional Teaching Standards candidates
  • Coordination of the district Professional Development calendar
  • Coordination of the training and role of the Instructional Specialists assigned to each school
  • Coordination of services provided by the Science Education Alliance, an educational non-profit dedicated to supporting STEM instruction.
Teacher of the Year

David-Morales_miniMayfield’s David Morales has been selected as the 2015-2016 LCPS Teacher of the Year. Morales was selected from among 45 teacher applications and received a $1,000 check from FirstLight Federal Credit Union. Morales teaches social studies at Mayfield High School and has been with LCPS since 2005. Morales was honored at the The Celebration of Excellence in Education Awards Dinner, sponsored by the LCPS Foundation, Century Bank and the school district.  Read the full article here.  Interested in nominating next years Teacher of the Year?  Click here to see how.

National Board Teacher Certification


Natl-Brd-Certified_group150resThe 2015-16 Celebration of Excellence in Education Awards Dinner honored teachers who have earned a certificate from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, the most respected professional certification available in education, said Dr. Thea Hand, coordinator of LCPS professional development.

The teachers are Martha (Erin) Barela, B.T. Washington Elementary; Sheryl Barham, Sonoma Elementary; Emily Gonzales, Arrowhead Park Early College High School; Maura Kochevar, Valley View Elementary; Clara Lopez, Conlee Elementary; Natalie Peterson, César Chávez Elementary; Minerva Sandoval, Hillrise Elementary; and Melissa Selters, Desert Hills Elementary.  Pictured with the National Board certified teachers are Superintendent Stan Rounds (back) and Dr. Thea Hand, Professional Development Coordinator (far right).

Nakamura Professional Development Award

Honored were (left to right) Jana Ward, Hillrise; Dusty Dowell, Centennial High; and Dr. Marcy Oxford, Arrowhead Park Medical Academy.The 2015-16 Celebration of Excellence in Education Awards Dinner also honored three educators earned this year’s Dr. Sandra K. Nakamura Professional Development Excellence Award. They are teacher Dusty Dowell, of Centennial High School; Dr. Marcy Oxford, coordinator of the LCPS Virtual Learning Academy and the Dean of Students at Arrowhead Park Medical Academy; and Jana Ward, a teacher at Hillrise Elementary.  Honored were (left to right) Jana Ward, Hillrise; Dusty Dowell, Centennial High; and Dr. Marcy Oxford, Arrowhead Park Medical Academy.

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