A first-of-its-kind partnership in New Mexico aims to integrate more real-world experience into teacher education. 

Highlands University has teamed up with Pojoaque Valley Schools and Los Alamos National Lab for a program called the “Regional Partnership School.” 

The goal is to give aspiring teachers and their instructors more real classroom experience before they graduate. 

They are immersed into a classroom for an entire year instead of the standard 16 weeks. 

Highlands faculty are also there to see first-hand what classrooms of today are like so they remain current in their teaching.

LANL is also helping bring specialized training in science and math, with its employees holding specialized seminars for the future teachers.