Updated dates

Adult Education Conference (May 25-27)

Due to the COVID surge and the fact that many institutions have again prohibited staff travel for safety reasons, NMHED AE, NMAEA, and NMTESOL have decided to postpone the conference.  The new dates are: Wednesday, May 25th (preconference) and Thursday-Friday, May 26th-27th for the main event.  All other details remain the same.  Please see the attached NEW Save the Date. If you made hotel reservations using the reservation link provided, they will be canceled by the hotel. We will send additional details next week regarding hotel. 

Here is the link for registration: 

Registration Link

We have extended the deadline to propose a presentation to February 28. Details are below.

NMAEA, NMHED, and NM TESOL invite you to showcase your talents! Please consider tapping into your creativity and proposing a session either individually or with colleagues.

This is an in-person conference from May 25-27 at the Albuquerque Marriott at 2101 Louisiana Blvd.

𝗖𝗢𝗩𝗜𝗗-𝟭𝟵 𝗥𝗲𝘀𝘁𝗿𝗶𝗰𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻𝘀: Vaccination card or proof of a negative test taken within 48 hours prior to attendance will be required to attend and must be provided at conference check in.

Session are 1 hour or 2 hours long.

Proposals should be best or promising practices in one of these tracks:

𝗖𝗼𝗹𝗹𝗲𝗴𝗲 𝗮𝗻𝗱/𝗼𝗿 𝗖𝗮𝗿𝗲𝗲𝗿 𝗣𝗮𝘁𝗵𝘄𝗮𝘆𝘀

This track focuses on incorporating higher education transitions and workforce preparation into adult education. This may include 1) development of career pathways to provide access to employment and training services; 2) workforce development and training, particularly Integrated Education and Training; or 3) soft skills instruction, such as accountability, teamwork, and flexibility.


This track focuses on serving justice-involved adults. This may include but is not limited to corrections education activities under Section 225 of WIOA. Topics may include best practices for serving learners in this context, addressing justice-involved individuals’ specific barriers, promoting equity and justice in corrections education, and translating policy and recent educational research to practice.


This track focuses on English language instruction and tutoring for adults. Presentation may encompass (but is not limited to) methodology, classroom techniques and activities, testing and assessment, student engagement, and working with specific populations such as low literacy students or refugees.

𝗚𝗲𝗻𝗲𝗿𝗮𝗹 𝗜𝗻𝘁𝗲𝗿𝗲𝘀𝘁

This track will include any subject not listed here.

𝗛𝗶𝗴𝗵 𝗦𝗰𝗵𝗼𝗼𝗹 𝗘𝗾𝘂𝗶𝘃𝗮𝗹𝗲𝗻𝗰𝘆

This track focuses on adults preparing for high school equivalency testing, such as contextualized math instruction, reading and writing for the workplace, testing and assessment, and computer education.


This track has two emphases. The first emphasis is on supporting practitioners to provide high quality services in online and hybrid modalities. The second emphasis involves promoting digital literacy among adult learners. Topics may include, but are not limited to, best practices and recent research in online learning and teaching; techniques and tools for online teaching and learning; and demonstrations of technology with suggestions or models of how to use it effectively for teaching and learning.

With warm regards,


With warm regards,


NM TESOL Board of Directors Nominations

Dear NM TESOL family,
The following NM Board positions are up for election this year: President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Web Coordinator, Membership Coordinator, and Newsletter Editor.  Please send in nominations by January 14. Elections will be held online from January 17-24. You DO NOT have to debate, create campaign advertisements, or attend any state fairs to schmooze with the people to be a candidate in this election! The term of service for these Board members will be the years 2022 and 2023. Please take a moment to consider whether you or someone you know would be able and willing to serve in one of these capacities. 

  • The President’s primary job is to lead the association, for example, by conducting meetings, representing the association to other professional associations and government offices, and taking a major role in organizing conferences.
  • Vice President: performs all of the duties and responsibilities of the President in the absence of, or as directed by, the President. In addition, this person takes responsibility for professional development activities and chairs the annual conference. May be assigned special projects by the President.
  • Secretary: records minutes of board meetings and other special meetings needed for organizational activities; submits a copy of minutes for approval at each board meeting.
  • The Treasurer has responsibility for maintaining the association’s financial records and serves as liaison with the association’s accountant, and other duties. (Knowledge of QuickBooks is preferred but not required. Our current Treasurer can help in the transition if needed.)
  • Web Coordinator has responsibility for the association’s email, online presence, social media, and other duties.
  • Membership Coordinator has responsibility for maintaining the membership database including sending the welcome email. In addition, the Membership Coordinator works on publicizing NM TESOL to attract more members.
  • Newsletter Editor: The Newsletter Editor has responsibility for creating the association’s newsletter as well as soliciting content.

 In addition to being willing to fulfill the basic duties outlined above, the candidates must meet these criteria:

  • They must be willing to become a member of NMTESOL (if not already a member).
  • If elected, they must be willing to serve in the position for the duration of their two-year term.
  • If elected, they must be willing to take part in monthly NMTESOL Board of Directors meetings, which are generally conducted online using Zoom. The meetings are generally for 45-minutes monthly with a break in the summer.

Anyone can recommend a person for the NMTESOL Board. If you wish to recommend yourself or someone else, please send recommendations to this e-mail address (nmtesol@gmail.com) along with a short introduction of the candidate.  Send your candidate recommendations by January 14, 2022
Voting will be conducted online. Results will be announced via email and on our website. nmtesol.org

Thank you in advance for considering volunteering for this non-profit professional organization. We need your support. 



Call for proposals!

Due to evolving circumstances related to the pandemic, the previously-scheduled 4 regional in-person Institutes are being merged into 2 virtual Institutes

We are now seeking virtual presentations for the two new dates:  Friday, October 1st and Thursday, October 21st.

Proposals are due no later than September 10, 2021

For more info and to submit your proposals:


Perks to presenters include:

·  1 year free membership in NMAEA, NMTESOL, MPAEA and COABE

·  Presenter gift

Proposals are due no later than September 10, 2021


Posted: June 21, 2021
Please reply by: July 9, 2021

ENCUENTRO is seeking experienced online instructors to teach ESL/ESOL (English-as-a-Second-Language/English for Speakers of Other Languages) & Citizenship to adults,
July 2021 – May 2022, with the possibility of continued employment beyond 2022.

Organizational Mission:
Encuentro’s mission is to engage with the Latino immigrant community through educational opportunities that build skills necessary for individual and community transformation as well as economic and social justice. Through our classes, Encuentro strives to provide adult learners not only a gateway to personal advancement, but also to citizen engagement and social action.

Encuentro seeks experienced adult education instructors with a proven history of effective teaching both in person and virtually, and a strong commitment to immigrant and social justice. Requirements include:
• Strong skills in teaching speaking, listening, reading and writing to adults who speak other languages;
• Minimum of two years’ experience teaching ESL/ESOL to adults;
• Ability and willingness to integrate civics education and community engagement opportunities into ES(O)L instructional plans;
• Ability to integrate workforce development skills into ES(O)L instructional plans;
• Familiarity with Latino/a immigrant population;
• Experience or familiarity with liberation pedagogies of concientización, participatory education and social analysis;
• Ability to adapt and respond to changing program and adult learners’ needs;
• Ability to work with other instructors, facilitators and local organization partners as needed for effective programmatic integration;
• Ability and willingness to keep accurate electronic records as needed for effective goal-setting and evaluation with adult students as well as for reporting to funders;
• Willingness to participate in occasional virtual trainings, workshops and meetings;
• Comfortable communicating in Spanish.

Technology skills:
• Ability to use video conferencing platforms and communication systems such as Google Meet, Zoom and WhatsApp.
• Ability to use Google Apps such as: google classroom, google sheets, google slides, google docs.
• Access to reliable internet, lap top or desktop and smart phone.

• Formal education in teaching (BA/BS/MA/MEd);
• Flexible schedule;
• Passionate about social justice and willingness to engage in Encuentro-sponsored community events;
• Excited by the challenges and opportunities of a grassroots organization integrating adult learning with community organizing.
• Excited by the opportunities of virtual and hybrid teaching models in adult education.

Class description, teaching schedule and pay:

ENCUENTRO classes are currently online and meet for 1 hour and 15 minutes on Google Meet, twice-weekly. In addition, teachers are expected to plan for 2 hours of student’s asynchronous work using Google Classroom, email and/or WhatsApp. We plan to transition to a hybrid model in the Spring semester.

This post is for one ESL/ESOL class and two CITIZENSHIP classes, with the following ESL levels and schedule:
1. ESL BEGGINER LEVEL: Monday & Wednesday 9:00-10:15 am
2. CITIZENSHIP BEGGINER ESL LEVEL: Monday & Wednesday 6:00-7:15 pm
3. CITIZENSHIP INTERMEDIATE-ADVANCED ESL LEVEL: Wednesday 6:00-7:15 pm & Saturday 9:00-10:15 am
The employment contract runs from July 18, 2021- May 28th, 2022 (except holidays & break 12/17/2021- 01/10/2022), with the possibility of extending beyond 2022. The academic year comprises 40 weeks of instruction with 21 weeks in the fall and 19 in the spring. This post requires 29-hour commitment per week for the three classes (for 1 class it’s 12-hour weekly commitment). ENCUENTRO offers a competitive hourly rate of $21.50/ hour. Teacher weekly activities include facilitation of the synchronous classes; curriculum development and planning; asynchronous student communication and feedback; occasional meetings and professional development activities.


• Brief cover letter highlighting relevant experience and education
• Resume, and
• 1 Sample lesson plan appropriate for an online ESL beginner level class for adults
• 1 sample lesson plan appropriate for an online Citizenship class for adults
to: Teresa Guevara, Director of Educational Programs
Cel: 505-508-6472

*** Candidates will be contacted on the week of July 12 to set up an interview; interviews will be scheduled from July 12-16. Candidates MUST submit sample lesson plan to be considered for an interview. Contact Teresa Guevara via email (above) with any questions about sample lesson plan, interview scheduling, or other concerns.

Hats Off to New Mexico Teachers!

Online Fall Conference – September 18, 2020

It’s an online conference, it’s on FlipGrid, so it’s a Flip-erence!

Dear NM TESOL family,

In the article “Zoom Fatigue Is Taxing the Brain” Andrew Franklin who is a professor in cyber-psychology believes people are surprised by how difficult they are finding video classes given that the medium seems neatly confined to a small screen and presents few obvious distractions.

At our last Board Meeting, NM TESOL decided to change the format of our fall workshop because we believe many teachers are suffering from “Zoom Gloom” right now. It is not such a surprise to us how difficult it can be to watch hours and hours of webinars and Zoom meetings.  We have only received one submission for our conference which we think may be related to the fact that so many of us are indeed suffering from Zoom fatigue!

Thus, we have decided to organize a different kind of online conference format for our fall event.

We are inviting our members to contribute teaching ideas in the form of a FlipGrid video. If you are not familiar with FlipGrid, we encourage you to watch the short video below for students. To access our Flip-erence, you will use the Join Code of nmtesol2020 at flipgrid.com, or just click here to go directly to our Flip-erence board. When you get into the FlipGrid, you can access all the topics with the blue menu below the main photo where it says “View 6 topics.” We have posted several topics to help us focus our discussions, but if you feel strongly that another separate topic would be helpful, email us at nmtesol@gmail.com and we will set that up!

You can also watch the teacher video about how to use FlipGrid in your classroom. This free software has been popular with our students, and we hope you can use it with yours. Watch it here.

On September 18, 2020, at 9:00 am MST, we will have just a one-hour Zoom meeting where we will highlight the different features on our NM TESOL website and then publicly release the FlipGrid videos that have been produced. You can submit your FlipGrid video at any time. We are going to keep it open for this fall semester. You may want to share a favorite app, or icebreaker, or activity to do during a synchronous meeting, etc.
We want to encourage everyone to wear a wacky or not so wacky hat to the Zoom meeting, so that we can ceremoniously take them off to honor the commitment we have to our students and to professional development.

Hats off to teachers everywhere!

Amy, Claire, David, Laura, Judy, Judith, and Julie

‘New Decade, New Ideas’ Spring Workshop

Spring Workshop 2020

Our theme this year is “New Decade, New Ideas”.  The workshop will be held at CNM’s Montoya Campus in Albuquerque on March 6th from 8-12.

Register here by March 3rd

Here you can download an outline of the program and session descriptions.

Here is a preview of our program:

8:00-8:30: Sign in and breakfast in H 128. 

8:30-9:30 (60 min sessions)

  • Nathan Farmer: Communicative Language Teaching: Using Tasks to Teach Grammar with the Focus on Form Approach
  • Amy Christensen, Laura McIndoo, David Williams: Best Practices in ESL Orientations

8:30-10:00 (90 min sessions)

  • Linda Koran: Hands-on Grammar with English on a Roll: Fun and Effective!
  • Miriam Corneli, Maxine Swiza: Learning and Lesson Planning with the Brain in Mind: From Synapses and Serotonin to Safety, Satisfaction, and Success

9:45-10:45 (60 min sessions)

  • Amy Zhupikov: Interactive Activities to Facilitate in Context Vocabulary Learning
  • Rebecca Sherry: Using Blackboard (or your LMS) to Organize Your ESL Classroom.

10:30-12:00 (90 min sessions)

  • David Williams: Reflect it Back: Using Mentor Observations to Examine Pedagogical Practices

11:00-12:00 (60 min sessions)

  • Christina Trujillo: Effective Reading Comprehension Strategies for English Learners
  • Radi Abouelhassan: Project-Based Learning: Insights to Build ESL Students’ Cognition


9:30-11: Networking session

8:30-12: Open PERC (Professional ESL Resource Center) time





Spring Workshop “New Decade, New Ideas” March 6th

Spring Workshop 2020


Our theme this year is “New Decade, New Ideas”.  The workshop will be held at CNM’s Montoya Campus in Albuquerque, and will be a half-day workshop. We are looking for presentations that are either 60 minutes or 90 minutes and that highlight fresh ways or strategies to teach English as a second language.

Call for presenters!

Click here to download the submission form. Please complete and email it to us by February 7th. Send it to nmtesol@gmail.com.


PERC Darker

New Mexico has a professional and comprehensive ESL (English as a Second Language) Resource Center available for New Mexico educators and learning communities statewide. In a unique cooperative venture, private donors Catherine and Mac Lewis, NM TESOL (New Mexico Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages) and CNM (Central New Mexico Community College) have come together to establish the new Professional ESL Resource Center (PERC) on CNM’s Montoya Campus. The PERC houses an extensive array of commercial and custom-developed ESL teaching materials, accumulated and created by the Lewises over more than a decade in support of Catherine’s highly successful ESL work with English language learners. The materials range from pre-K to adult and off er a broad variety of resources to help students learn, practice and improve their English skills.

Currently, the PERC is closed due to the Pandemic and the Delta variant.  We will reopen as soon as we can do if safely.