In Their Own Words: What children think about online learning and a school year lost to COVID – Zuni Pueblo and Navajo Nation

Brothers Elishah (age 13, left) and Makai Tsosie (age 14, right) take a break from their chores on the family ranch at Lake Valley, NM, and enjoy some horseback riding. Photo by Curtis Ray Benally.

This is the third in a series of articles that ask students in the region how they feel about school during the pandemic. Today we hear from students from Zuni Pueblo and the Navajo Nation. By Sunnie R. Clahchischiligi Photography by Don J. Usner and Curtis Ray Benally Not far from the Shiprock pinnacle on… Continue reading In Their Own Words: What children think about online learning and a school year lost to COVID – Zuni Pueblo and Navajo Nation

Zoom Fatigue Adds to Pandemic Stresses

By Noah Solomon Struggling focus in front of a computer screen, feeling disoriented in front of a fuzzy camera, mourning the loss of social and physical interaction with others. These are the symptoms of Zoom fatigue, which some students say they’re experiencing since UNM moved classes online last spring. “For some reason, it feels so… Continue reading Zoom Fatigue Adds to Pandemic Stresses

New Mexico opens vaccine eligibility to everyone 16+

By William Jennings / NM News Port The New Mexico Department of Health expanded vaccine eligibility today to all New Mexicans 16 years and older.   New Mexicans interested in receiving the shot must register online with the NMDOH who will then contact them when there are shots available.  The state will continue to prioritize vaccines… Continue reading New Mexico opens vaccine eligibility to everyone 16+

New Mexico schools promise safe return to classrooms

By Shane Farias / NM News Port As public schools gear up for student reentry for the first time in more than a year, staff and students are expected to follow the guidelines provided by the New Mexico Public Education Department.   “We expect all schools to offer full reentry no later than April 5,” NMPED… Continue reading New Mexico schools promise safe return to classrooms

How New Mexico schools returned to in-person learning

By Adam Evarts / NM News Port The state of New Mexico is sending kids back to school in-person and on a full-time basis beginning this week. For many parents, the move is long overdue, after spending more than a year of having their students learn from home under coronavirus safety restrictions.  Dr. Ryan Stewart,… Continue reading How New Mexico schools returned to in-person learning

Are Graduate Students Considered Workers? University Says ‘No’.

Ramona Malczynski speaks to protestors at the grad workers rally for union rights. Call and response chants included: “What’s disgusting? Union busting!” and “Who are we? Employees!” Photo by Gordon Payne / NM News Port.

By Gordon Payne / NM News Port Graduate students employed at the University of New Mexico protested outside of the university president’s house on January 27 as part of an ongoing disagreement between the school and the students over their right to unionize. Graduate workers at UNM officially filed for union recognition with the state … Continue reading Are Graduate Students Considered Workers? University Says ‘No’.

Months into the pandemic, challenges remain in virtual classrooms

By Adam Evarts / NM News Port Gwen Gordon sits behind her desk, awaiting the arrival of her students. On the desk sits an attendance book, the day’s lesson plans and her grade book. She hears a noise and looks up. But instead the sound of the classroom door, she hears students arriving in her… Continue reading Months into the pandemic, challenges remain in virtual classrooms

Community centers giving kids “sense of normalcy” amid pandemic

By Manuel Romero / NM News Port  With COVID-19 case numbers surging across the state, most children find themselves at home trying to learn from virtual classrooms.  But for some school kids, Albuquerque’s community centers are their homebase.  City of Albuquerque Community Services Division Manager Cristin Chavez-Smith said that these distance-learning programs provide a… Continue reading Community centers giving kids “sense of normalcy” amid pandemic

UNM students weary and frustrated with online learning

By William Jennings / NM News Port With COVID-19 cases hitting record numbers in November, the University of New Mexico (UNM) is back to fully online classes and is planning to continue virtual learning next January. Senior Alex McCausland is one of many students attending UNM online who is frustrated with the experience.  “It’s just… Continue reading UNM students weary and frustrated with online learning