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DEADLINE AUG 1: Teachers that owe student loans could receive up to $6,000 a year to help pay them off, thanks to the Teacher Loan Repayment Program at the New Mexico Higher Education Department.

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The Taos International School recently announced its charter was extended for another five years by the New Mexico Public Education Department, and it has been authorized as an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School.

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Taos Middle School teacher Oclides Amanda Martinez is getting her students to love math through the use of an innovative program called Teach to One (TTO). The individualized instruction model empowers teachers to meet students where they are in their math studies, and provides a bridge to where they need to be.

Martinez spoke about the Teach to One program, and its benefits to underserved students, during an online forum...

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SAT JUNE 19, 2-8PM >There is a free summer festival happening in Taos on Saturday afternoon (June 19) from 2 to 8 p.m., sponsored by Native Roots Ancestral Folk and Herbal Medicine School. The title of the festival is The Medicine Collective Gratitude Festival, and the lineup includes belly dancing with Sara Sloan and Company, a flamenco performance by Julia Fernandez de Maez of the Body Shop in Taos, and herbal consults and medicine-making with Morgaine Witriol, Jaide of The Groovy Doula, and Victoria Zito.

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The national data are grim. The CDC reports that the percentage of 12 to 17-year-olds visiting the ER for mental health crises increased by 31 percent in 2020 over 2019. A national research poll of parents reported that 45 percent of their teens' mental health had worsened in 2021. But the data needs even further review.

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Jim Morrison, the iconic singer, songwriter and poet once said, "The most important kind of freedom is to be what you really are." He didn't explain how to make that happen, however, which is the tricky part. It's not easy to be true to oneself - especially when society has its preformed templates and expectations.

Fortunately for Asia Golden, she was raised by parents who not only had global perspectives, but also represented worldwide DNA. If there were preformed templates and expectations, she was not made aware of them. Born to a Russian-Jewish father and a French Basque-Italian mother - Golden enjoyed a rare blend of cultural mixology.

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Jim William Wagner was born on May 4, 1940 in Wauseon, Ohio. His mother was a music teacher and his father was a high school principal.

In 1951 the Wagner family moved to Monmouth, Oregon, and it was in Oregon where Wagner first discovered his lifelong love of art.

Jim described a third grade experience in an interview with the late Stephen Parks for ARTlines: “I’ll always remember this – I had a teacher who would come in on Fridays and teach art. One day, I was drawing a ballerina, and I got down to the bottom of the paper, and I had to bend her legs across. I asked the teacher about that, if it was all right to do that, and she said, “You can do anything you want to do with that piece of paper.”

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STEMarts Lab has partnered with the KERNEL X - Light Art Festival in Monza, Italy, to connect students there with students in Taos, to participate in an audiovisual 3D mapping onto the architecture of Residenza Ponte dei Leoni in the city of Monza.

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During our recent review of applicants for the Katia Torrelli-Delgado Scholarship, we read one candidate's declaration that, "I am good at asking for help when I need it." In other words, making a choice to seek additional resources to help reach a goal. How rarely do we see young people - or even adults - taking this action and feeling proud of it!

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Teachers, students and all music lovers, won't want to miss this exciting opportunity that will revolutionize how you see the history of music.

Experience the roots of some of this country's greatest music across every medium, from blues, jazz, folk, pop, rock, heavy metal and more.