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New Mexico State University

Mathematically Connected Communities - Leadership Institute for Teachers (MC2-LIFT)

The Classroom Experience

The MC2-LIFT project has a cohort of 31 K-12 mathematics teachers to participate in the two year program.

The LIFT program includes 33 hours of coursework that includes education and mathematics courses during summer, fall, and spring. Teacher leaders will earn 18 credit hours in mathematics and 15 credit hours in education.

The first year of study focuses on improving classroom practice to increase student math learning through the development of pedagogical and math content knowledge. The second year focuses on developing expertise in working with adult learners and facilitating professional learning among colleagues and administrators within a school system. The program includes school-based learning experiences that MC2-LIFT connects coursework to the classroom.


The two cohorts of teacher leaders were selected from the following school districts:

• Alamogordo Public Schools

• Cobre Consolidated School District

• Gadsden Independent School District

• Hatch Valley Schools

• Las Cruces Public Schools

• Ruidoso Municipal Schools


The MC2-LIFT program is funded by the National Science Foundation, Award #DUE-0928867.