NM Teaching Skills That Matter
Welcome to TSTM!
Teaching the Skills That Matter (TSTM) is a national initiative designed to help adult educators focus instruction on 9 Central Skills that support student success in the workplace and everyday life. The skills are addressed across 5 Key Topics that are essential for all adults using 3 Instructional Approaches, which are research-based teaching methods that are relevant and engaging. TSTM provides a free toolkit of model lessons, and it is also designed to support existing curriculum by helping instructors integrate TSTM components into any teaching context. TSTM Toolkit lessons are standards-aligned for both CCRS and ELPS.
The Components That Make Up TSTM
Nine Central Skills
Adaptability and willingness to learn
Processing and analyzing information
Respecting differences and diversity
Five Key Topic Areas
Three Approaches That Work
Integrated and contextualized instruction
TSTM in New Mexico
In New Mexico, Propel’s TSTM Team provides ongoing professional learning opportunities to support programs and instructional staff as you learn about and implement TSTM components in your setting. We offer regular webinars, cohort courses, conference presentations, and technical assistance. Visit our Get Involved page to see what’s coming up soon. TSTM is fully aligned with New Mexico’s Professional Competencies for adult educators, and TSTM activities can be incorporated into Professional Learning Plans.