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The Albuquerque Teachers Federation is a professional, progressive union that believes it is our role to provide licensed teachers and Essential and Related Service Educators with the support they need to advance in their profession. 

ATF offers a variety of professional development and support opportunities designed to help you progress from the day you get hired until the day you retire. 

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Dossier Support

The Albuquerque Teachers Federation provides support for teachers and librarians writing the Professional Development Dossier (PDD) from start to finish. Programs include:

The PDD overview session explains the various parts of the PDD in detail. It is recommended for all PDD candidates and is a prerequisite for the Dossier Writing Workshop. Overview sessions are scheduled from 4:30 pm-6:30 pm

PDD Overview Dates (4:30 – 6:30PM)

  • Wednesday, August 9 – 4:30-6:30pm
  • Thursday, September 7 – 4:30-6:30pm (Online)
  • Wednesday, October 5 4:30-6:30pm
  • Thursday, November 2 4:30-6:30pm (Online)
  • Wednesday, January 10 4:30-6:30pm

Cost: Members $10; Nonmembers $65

Teachers request a reader to read their completed dossier before submission. Written feedback is received within 7 days after your dossier reader has been scheduled. All work is online. Individual reading requests must be received no later than February 28, 2024. Cost: Members $100; Nonmembers $200

Submitted your dossier and had one or more strands that didn’t pass? Take advantage of our PDD Resubmission Reading service and have your dossier strands read and reviewed before resubmitting. You’ll receive written feedback 7 days after your scheduled reading date, and your PDD will be read a second time. All work is online. Resubmission reading requests must be received no later than April 30, 2024.

Cost: Members $100; Nonmembers $200

Spring Series Dates

Saturdays 1:00 pm–3:00 pm (in person)

    • January 13, 2024
    • February 10, 2024
    • February 24, 2024
 

Cost: Members $90/series; Non Members $180/series

Eligibility

Most teachers and librarians will need to successfully complete the dossier to advance in the New Mexico 3-Tiered licensure system.
Level 1 teachers must successfully complete their dossier between their third and fifth year of teaching in order to receive their Level 2 license.

Failure to pass the dossier by the end of the fifth year on Level 1 will result in a non-renewal of license.

Teachers who have a Master’s degree and have held a Level 2 license for at least 3 years can opt to complete a second Professional Development Dossier to move to Level 3. Level 2 teachers can also choose to pursue National Board Certification, with or without a Master’s, to move to Level 3.

The submission window is from July 15 – March 29 for initial submissions, and April 1 – May 31 for resubmissions. Reading requests must be received no later than February 28 for initial submissions, and May 12 for resubmissions. This is the final year teachers are able to Level up through the dossier.

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National Board Certification Support

Thanks to our support program, APS is one of the top districts in the nation for the number of Board-Certified teachers. Since 2001, our program has supported hundreds of teachers by providing seminars to assist in passing the rigorous national boards certification process. The Albuquerque Teachers Federation provides support for educators wishing to become Nationally Board Certified. Programs include:

Informational Meeting

Learn general information about National Board Certification including submission timeline, component details and cost. Information about the support offered by the Union will also be shared.

Informational Meeting Dates (online)

  • Thursday, August 24 — 4:30-6:30 pm
  • Thursday, August 31 — 4:30-6:30 pm

Cost: Free

Provides support for first time and retake candidates. Class will delve into the underlying principles and beliefs of accomplished teaching and how this is reflected in the National Board required components. Class is recommended as a prerequisite for all other Component classes.

  • Saturday, October 7 — 8:30am-12 pm


Cost: Members $75;  Nonmembers $100

Focuses on a deep dive of the specific requirements for understanding and writing Component 2 of initial certification. Recommended prerequisite: Foundations Class

Component Classes Dates

  • Component 2 — Saturday, October 14 — 8:30-12 pm


Cost: Members $75; Non-Members $100

Focuses on a deep dive of the specific requirements for understanding and writing Component 3 of initial certification. Recommended prerequisite: Foundations Class

Component Classes Dates

  • Component 3 — Saturday, October 28 — 8:30-12 pm

Cost: Members $75; Non-Members $100

Focuses on a deep dive of the specific requirements for understanding and writing Component 4 of initial certification. Recommended prerequisite: Foundations Class

Component Classes Dates

  • Component 4 — Saturday, November 18 — 8:30-12 pm

Cost: Members $75; Non-Members $100

Sessions provides a deep dive into specific content standards in order to prepare candidates for the digital testing experience. Class topics will help prepare candidates for completion of three constructed response exercises and approximately 45 selected response items.

Component 1 Boot Camp Dates (in person)

  • Friday, April 20 — 8:30-12 pm


Cost: Members $75; Non-Members $100

This class focuses on the requirements and planning for the Maintenance of Certification, which candidates must complete every 5 years in order to maintain their certification.

MOC Class Dates (in person)

  • Saturday, December 2 — 8:30-12 pm

 

Cost: Member $75; Non-Members $100

3 part series for anyone completing Component 2, 3, 4 or MOC. Each session will start with Mini Lesson focused on writing for National Boards. The remainder of the 2 hour block is spent writing, with the instructor available to provide support, suggestions and feedback.

Writer’s Workshop (3 classes)

Saturdays 9:00am-11:00am

  • February 3, 2024
  • March 2, 2024
  • April 13, 2024
 

Cost: Members $125 for all three sessions

Non-Members $150 for all three session

Candidates for initial certification and MOC can request individual readings of components 2, 3, 4 or MOC. Fee includes 2 readings, once with feedback and then again after corrections are made.

Cost: Member $75 per component

Non-Members $100 per component

Direct National Board questions to nationalboard@atfunion.org

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Educator Focused Conversations

Are you feeling checked out? Psychological and physiological safety is necessary for learning to occur. Come check in with and learn from your fellow educators on how they are navigating the chaos, fostering relationships in their schools/classrooms, and maintaining their own sense of safety and wellbeing.

Our sessions this year are entitled, “If You Don’t Feel Safe, How Can You Teach? An Educator Focused Conversation.”

Educator Focused Conversations Dates (online)

  • Wednesday, September 13 — 5:00-6:00 pm
  • Tuesday, October 17 — 5:00-6:00 pm
  • Wednesday, November 15 — 5:00-6:00 pm
  • Monday, December 4 — 5:00-6:00 pm
  • Spring Meetings TBD

Cost: Free

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Educator Focused Conversations

Intro to Restorative Practices: From COVID to Calm

Have you noticed a change in students’ behaviors since Covid? Do your students struggle with their relationships with peers and staff? Come to this introduction to Restorative Practices and find out WHAT Restorative Practices is, WHY it is important , and HOW it is different from a punitive approach to discipline.

Intro to Restorative Practices: From COVID to Calm Dates

  • Saturday, January 20 — 9:00am-12:00pm
  • Saturday, February 24 — 9:00am-12:00pm
  • Saturday, March 16 – 9:00am-12:00pm
  • Saturday, April 27 – 9:00am-12:00pm

Cost: Free

Have Questions?

Intro to Restorative Practices: From COVID to Calm

H.E.L.P. – Handling Emotional Learning Problems

 

H.E.L.P. classes offer research-based classroom management practices based on social-emotional learning, building routines, and developing a positive classroom environment. We incorporate restorative practices to build a stronger classroom community that will foster an environment and increase student academic growth. Additionally, we discuss ways to better develop family partnerships that promote student success and learn how to support students as they navigate through stressful life situations and the characteristics of the most supportive and effective mindset teachers develop to help students identify, understand, process, and overcome trauma.

Cost: Free

 

Creating a SEL Supported Classroom

Thursday, September 28 – 5:00-6:30 pm

Understand and identify the acting out cyles how to address those behaviors according to the student’s place in the cycle. Learn how to use SEL stratgies and lesson planning to influence behaviors in order to increase student engagement and success while fostering a positive and safe classroom culture.

Engaging Families

Thursday, October, 26 – 5:00-6:30 pm

Learn how to better develop family partnerships to promote student success.

Thursday, February 22 – 5:00-6:30 pm

Learn how to support students as they navigate through stressful life situations and the characteristics of the most supportive and effective mindset teachers develop to help students identify, understand, process, and overcome trauma.

Putting It into Practice

Thursday, March 21 – 5:00-6:30 pm

Identify and use behavior intervention and SEL resources during the most stressful part of the school year.

Have Questions?

H.E.L.P. – Handling Emotional Learning Problems