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Impact

RETA was started in 1995 by Drs. Carmen Gonzales and Priscilla Norton with a small grant from Los Alamos National Laboratories. The program provided a series of one-day Fiesta Saturday workshops for technology integration to NM K-12 teachers.

For 1996-1997-1998 RETA was funded by two Technology Literacy Grants administered by the New Mexico State Department of Education. The program expanded into a series of four Saturday workshops held throughout the school year.

From 1998-2002 RETA received an $8.7M US Department of Education Technology Innovation Grant. The program expanded to include five Regional Resource Centers at NM Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs) (NMSU, ENMU, WNMU, NNMC, & NMHU). The series of Saturday workshops increased from four to six and online professional development sessions were offered.

Since 2003 RETA has received funding from the NM Legislature and worked in partnership with the NM Public Education Department to support a variety of programs such as the Laptop Learning Initiative, Reading First, the NM Learning Network and NM Cyber Academy. RETA has also been successful in developing partnerships with the districts and implementing professional development programs for technology integration, Professional Development Dossier (PDD), and online teaching and learning.

In 2004, RETA started providing a series of workshops for Professional Development Dossier (PDD). This series of six workshops that takes teachers through a process of developing a PDD have become a popular and valued professional development experience.

Since RETA ventured into the world of online teaching and learning in 2002, the RETA staff has steadily grown their expertise in developing online courses and workshops, preparing educators to teach online and develop online curriculum, and using a variety of web technologies that support the creation of engaging online learning environments. In 2006, RETA expanded its professional development in the areas of online teaching and online course development to K-12 educators. And in the long-standing RETA tradition of being on the leading edge of emerging technologies, RETA started offering webinars in 30 and 60-minute formats via the convenience of online.

Over the years RETA has provided professional development to thousands of educators from all 89 public school districts, Bureau of Indian Affairs' schools, charter and private schools, in addition to the faculty from IHEs. On average RETA serves 63 districts and 2,000 educators per year.

RETA Impact Chart

  1998-1999 1999-2000 2000-2001 2001-2002 2002-2003 2003-2004 2004-2005 2005-2006 2006-2007
RETA Instructors 45 65 85 106 94 80 60 50 50
RETA/RRCs 4 6 6 6 6 to 3 3 3 3 1
RETA Workshops 140 168 312 297 Onsite: 332,
Online: 56
Onsite: 281,
Online: 32
346 189 200
RRC Sessions 42 95 159 189 200 72 72 64 N/A
Total # Workshops 182 263 471 490 536 313 346 219 200+
No. RETA Sat. Workshop Participants 244 648 890 940 1,254 1,500 983 1,462 800+
No. RRC Primary Participants Not collected Not collected 1,440 1,748 1,920 291 374 212 N/A
No. Conference Participants Not collected Not collected Not collected 339 1650 280 816 319 150+
Total No. Primary Participants 923 2,118 2,529 3,027 Est. 3,850 Ext. 1,780 2,231 1,993 950+
Total No. Secondary Participants 3,692 8,472 10,116 12,108 Est. 15,400 Est. 4,450 Est. 5,432 Est. 4,000 Est. 1,600
 No. NM Districts Served 34 60 66 SDE: 76,
BIA: 3
SDE: 67,
BIA: 5
SDE: 72
Charter: 2,
Private: 1,
IHEs: 9
PED: 72,
Charter: 2,
Private: 2,
IHEs: 2
PED: 57 (21 SINOI),
BIA: 6,
Tribal: 2,
IHEs: 5
PED: 50,
Charter: 4,
BIA: 4,
IHEs: 4
  • NMSU | RETA
  • Phone: (575) 646-8231 | Fax: (575) 646-2044
  • reta@nmsu.edu
  • Milton Hall 185, MSC 3CEL, P.O. Box 30001
  • Las Cruces, NM 88003-8001