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  • The PED Professional Licensure Bureau is making waivers available to help ensure educators are available to support remote instruction. Districts/charters may request remote instruction waivers for educators to teach outside the area in which they are licensed. These waivers will be in place through the end of the 2020-2021 school year.
  • Renewal applications should be completed before April 30 to avoid a backlog on June 30. HR directors should develop a plan for getting currently licensed staff renewed.
  • For individual district or charter school licensure questions, please contact your designated Licensure Liaison.


The PED Language & Culture Division (LCD) is offering a two-day eWorkshop on the English Language Development (ELD) Standards Framework 2020 edition on May 5 and May 12 from 3:30-5p.m. District school leaders and educators will learn how various components of the ELD standards work together to support equitable access to high quality learning opportunities for multilingual learners. Access to online resources to support implementation will be available following the workshop, which has a participant limit of 40. Use this link to register. In addition, please see the LCD updates for April, which include a webinar on the new WIDA Kindergarten Screener.


New Mexico high school students are invited to participate in this essay contest sponsored by New Mexico Ethics Watch. The essay question is: How have ethical principles influenced your behavior and actions during the pandemic? All entries must be received by 11:59p.m. (MST) on May 21. All entries must be the original work of the entrant. Cash prizes will be awarded for the top essays in the following amounts: 1st place $500; 2nd place $250; 3rd place $150; Honorable Mention (2) $50. Click here for more information.

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