December 1, 2022


The Education People

New Mexico Schooling Departments Thank Outgoing Secretary Stewart, Welcome Secretary Designate Steinhaus

Secretary Designate Ryan Stewart


SANTA FE — New Mexico’s three education departments thank outgoing General public Training Secretary Ryan Stewart for his partnership more than the earlier two decades in serving students and educators and look forward to continuing this perform with Secretary Designate Kurt Steinhaus.

While the Early Childhood Schooling, General public Education and learning (PED) and Higher Training departments emphasis on specific areas of the education and learning system, collaboration has enhanced in new decades underneath Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham towards increasing trainer pipelines, enhancing college readiness, supporting parents heading back to college, and rising fairness and inclusion in the classroom to name a several.

Secretary Designate Kurt Steinhaus

“I’d like to thank Secretary Stewart for his steady management and advice during these earlier two many years. I’m among the the quite a few who will miss out on him. I’d also like to thank my colleagues at the Larger Instruction and Early Childhood Education and learning and Treatment departments for their heat welcome and expressions of support,” PED Secretary Designate Steinhaus stated.  “I appear ahead to collaborating with them routinely as we perform jointly to make the nation’s greatest cradle to vocation education program. We are united in that determination.”

Secretary Designate Steinhaus is a longtime New Mexico educator who commenced his profession as a music trainer and has worked 2 times previously at the Community Instruction Section. He retired in May possibly as superintendent of Los Alamos Public Educational institutions.

“Secretary Stewart has been a steadfast advocate for academic excellence in our condition and a significant part of why I came to New Mexico in the to start with spot right after he was form more than enough to share my resume with the governor’s administration for the duration of the lookup for another person to lead the new Early Childhood Training and Treatment Section,” said Early Childhood Education and learning and Treatment Division Secretary Elizabeth Groginsky. “We are immensely grateful for Secretary Stewart’s guidance in acquiring the new division off the ground, particularly as we collaborated to changeover community PreK from the General public Education Department to its new house at ECECD. We want him all the most effective in his future endeavors and give a heat welcome to Secretary Designate Steinhaus. We search ahead to continuing the near partnership between our two departments less than his leadership.” 

“Secretary Stewart and I began our work jointly to advance K-12 schooling on his incredibly very first working day of the job when I greeted him at the Jerry Apodaca Education and learning Creating. Quite a few factors in my profession route have adjusted considering that then, but his help of me was unwavering through our company collaborations, these types of as the New Mexico Longitudinal Details Program and twin credit score to name a number of. I thank Secretary Stewart for his partnership, and wish him the finest,” Increased Training Secretary Stephanie Rodriguez explained. “The Early Childhood Training and Treatment and Better Training departments will continue our determination and assure to collaborate with the Public Education Section to foster a cradle to job instruction process for our state, and I appear ahead to doing the job with my new colleague, Secretary Designate Kurt Steinhaus.”

In the two a long time Secretary Stewart led the PED, some leading achievements incorporate: 

  • Changing the present, punitive instructor evaluation method with a person that supports educator growth and development 
  • Launching an on line educator licensure platform and appreciably lowering licensure processing times 
  • Teaching PED staff members, district, constitution and Tribal education departments in culturally and linguistically responsive instructional practices 
  • Replacing the A-F faculty grading method and the PARCC evaluation technique with new, a lot more strong devices of assessments 
  • Launching the New Mexico Vistas accountability platform 
  • Initiating screening for all first-quality learners for dyslexia 
  • Building a biliteracy framework for the state 
  • Launching the Governor’s STEM Problem in which over 500 college students have participated in more than two years 
  • Setting up a statewide studying administration system (Canvas) that makes it possible for for virtual training and discovering for all college students and educators across the entire condition with in excess of 140,000 courses produced on the platform to date 
  • Developing a citizen-led fairness council in every school district and constitution university to elevate traditionally underserved populations in the decision-creating process 
  • Launching a particular instruction functioning group 
  • Developing – with enable from extra than 200 educators —  the New Mexico Instructional Scope to assistance all educators across the condition align and boost demanding instruction 
  • Initiating the overdue revision of social scientific studies expectations for the state 
  • Growing participation in K-5 In addition and Extended Understanding time from 83,000 in 2019-20 to 150,000 in 2021-22 
  • Increasing the number of local community faculties from 32 to 54 and the range of pupils served from 10,000 to 18,500 
  • Serving 42 million foods to college students in the course of the pandemic 
  • Launching the Relatives Money Index to supply $30 million for added assets to educational institutions most impacted by concentrated poverty 
  • Acquiring a statewide Social and Psychological Mastering Framework for all district and constitution schools 
  • Rising graduation rates by 2 percentage points 
  • Producing a statewide vocation and technical education system (Subsequent Gen CTE) and elevated the proportion of schools funded for CTE systems from 30 per cent to 80 percent 
  • Launching a statewide computer science strategic system, using the services of a state pc science expert, and awarding $1 million in grants to create computer science systems throughout the state 
  • Closing the digital divide for the wide greater part of New Mexico students and 
  • Mitigating the impact of COVID-19 in educational facilities.