Get Involved

Participants in the Tecolote Group have traditionally been selected from those nominated by fellow educators or former Tecolote participants. We continue to welcome nominations; if you would like to nominate an educator to participate in the Tecolote Group, please send us a brief letter (no more than one page) detailing why you believe this person should participate in the program.

Beginning in the 2014–15 program year, the Tecolote Group will expand its selection process to allow for self-nomination. The procedure for self-nomination is the same: if you are interested in being a 2014–2015 Tecolote participant, please send a brief letter (no more than one page) discussing why you would like to participate in theprogram.

For all nominations (of colleagues or self-nomination), please include the following information somewhere in your letter:

Please email all materials to Review will take place on a rolling basis, and letters of invitation will be sent out in the late spring. If you have additional questions, please contact us at this email address.

The Tecolote Group is made possible by the generous support of the local community, including gifts from individual benefactors.  Recent foundations and corporations that have supported the Tecolote Group includes:

The Los Alamos National Laboratory Foundation
The McCune Charitable Foundation
Natural Gas Partners
The Still Water Foundation
The Simon Foundation

In 2008, St. John's College, Santa Fe was awarded a grant through the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) "We The People" Challenge Grants Program to establish an endowment for the Tecolote Group.
If you are interested in supporting the Tecolote Group, please contact Steve Van Luchene, program director, at

Meet Our Participants

Our participants are educators in many different fields who come from throughout the New Mexico region. Over the years, participants have traveled from as far away as Las Cruces and the Navajo Reservation to join our sessions. There is no prototypical Tecolote participant; participants include school principals, preschool teachers, community college professors, and high school math teachers. What unites Tecolote participants is their commitment to fostering genuine intellectual exploration through conversation.

The greatest gift teachers can give to students is the example they set. After participating in the Tecolote colloquia, teachers report returning to their classrooms with a renewed sense of their vocation. In addition, the experience of working together in the colloquia encourages teachers to develop their own related initiatives. The Tecolote Group is interested in working with teachers to develop and collaborate on discussion-based learning initiatives, and welcomes proposals from participants.

7th grade science teacher: “Tecolote has been an ideal way of recharging my teaching mind! The topics and texts were appropriately challenging and the environment of a good Socratic discussion never fails to remind me of the essence of learning. . . Of the ‘professional development’ opportunities that have come my way, Tecolote has affected me the most profoundly. This is a great thing for teachers! Thank you.”

High school English teacher: “This is, bar none, the best professional development activity in which I have ever been involved. Engaging in intellectually challenging study, questioning, and conversation with my peers sharpens and inspires me to be effective in the classroom. The tutorial/seminar format gives me a new way to reach my students.”

5th and 6th grade science teacher: “I just want to thank you for opening my mind, heart, and world through this incredible gift you call Tecolote. I feel that all aspects of my life have benefited from my experiences with Tecolote and I hope that my students will continue to entertain ideas throughout their lives as well.”

High school English teacher: “My students see me now as a learner. It’s been amazing to see their curiosity about my growth. They ask me about my reading. We are now creating a culture of reading, questioning, curiosity, and equal footing.”

"Masterpieces are not single and solitary births; they are the outcome of many years of thinking in common, of thinking by the body of the people, so that the experience of the mass is behind the single voice."
- Virginia Woolf