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Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham put together a plan for education in New Mexico. “A New Direction for New Mexico Schools” includes eleven (11) focus areas needed in order for New Mexico’s students to achieve their very best, including engaging families, communities and students as substantive partners. One way in which to engage families, communities, and students as essential partners in our public schools is through the expansion of the community schools model.

New Mexico students, teachers and legislators surround Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham as she signs a bill into law

Community Schools Grants

Explains the process for applying to the Community Schools planning and implementation grants for the 2021-22 school year (SY2021-22).

Updated April 13, 2021

Instructions to acquire credentials, access the SharePoint site, download and upload the application and other required documents.

(DOCX Form)

Download this document to complete the competitive Community Schools planning grant application. Due date: 4/19/2021 by 5:00pm.

Use this worksheet to complete a detailed budget for the Funding Request section of the planning grant application. Please submit this worksheet with your application.

Complete this form for any contract service requested for funding and submit with the grant application.

Scoring rubric for the SY2021-22 Community Schools planning grant application.


Community Schools in New Mexico: State of the State Brief

New Mexico’s 33 state-funded community schools provided expanded learning time and social and health services with community partners for 11,048 students in the last 1.5 years despite the COVID-19 pandemic. That’s according to a report released on March 2, 2021 by the NM Public Education Department’s Community Schools and Extended Learning Bureau. The report updates the progress in implementing the New Mexico Community Schools Act, which Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham signed into law in April 2019. Read the full State of the State Brief here to gain an understanding of how the four research-based community school pillars are being implemented.


Community Schools Technical Assistance

Please see the clickable menu below to access a variety of resources related to the Community Schools initiative:


Community Schools Progress Report Template

Use this toolkit as a reference in order to complete the Summary Plan and the Funding Request.


Needs Assessment Resources

Below you will find examples of needs assessment tools and formats that you may find helpful when conducting your Community Schools needs assessment and writing your report.  Under the New Mexico’s Community Schools Act, the needs assessment must be conducted by the Community School Coordinator in partnership with the Site-based Leadership Team. The Community-wide Leadership Team should be involved in the process.

*Note that the New Mexico Public Education Department does not mandate a particular format for the needs assessment as long as the needs assessment addresses, at a minimum, the 5 or 6 indicators under the New Mexico’s Community Schools Act.


National Resources and Helpful Links

Resource Name Resource Description
US Department of Education: Office of Elementary and Secondary Education This site provides an overview of the Full Service Community School Program as well as a host of resources regarding performance measures and regulatory guidance.
US Department of Education: Office of Innovation & Improvement This site includes detailed information about the Full Service Community School Program competitive grant. Information includes: applicant eligibility, funding, legislation, and awards.
The Learning Policy Institute This site provides an overview and link to the Community Schools as an Effective School Improvement Strategy: A Review of the Evidence (2017).
The Learning Policy Institute: Online Research Compendium This is comprehensive and concise breakdown of the research and information that went into the development of above report.
The Learning Policy Institute: Evidence-based Policy Guidance Provides support and guidance for school, district, and state educational professional as they consider implementing the Community Schools framework.
The Learning Policy Institute: Implementation Playbook This document includes a general overview of the Community Schools framework, relevant policies, and a deep-dive into each of the Four Pillars of Comprehensive Community Schools.
The Learning Policy Institute: Social Media Toolkit This page features sample language, social media posts, and graphics to be used when developing communications with the local community.
Community Schools Standards This document furnishes a comprehensive dive into the standards and indicators of performance for Community Schools. This document also includes an overview of the background, legislation, and principals that went into the development of the standards.
Coalition for Community Schools This site includes an array of resources related to Community Schools as well as current news and events.
Coalition for Community Schools: Making the Case This page features a list of long-term and short-term results that can be sited when working with relevant stakeholders to understand the benefits of the Community Schools framework.
Coalition for Community Schools: Your Leadership Role Parents, teachers, principals, and superintendents all have a leadership role in developing a rigorous program and sustaining with fidelity. This page includes specific resources related to each of these roles and more.
Coalition for Community Schools: Coalition Publications This page features a variety of publications presented by the Coalition and other partners.
Coalition for Community Schools: Policy and Advocacy This page includes stakeholder engagement handbooks, policy related webinars, and FAQs related to ESSA.
Coalition for Community Schools: News This page provides relevant news articles, press releases, and upcoming events.
National Center for Community Schools This toolkit includes a guide for planning, building, and sustaining an effective Community Schools framework that is guided by the needs of the local community. This resource also provides case studies that provide rich context.
New Mexico Community Schools Presentation by Deputy Secretary Kata Sandoval, April 16, 2019 (PDF)
New Mexico Out of School Time
Charles Stewart Mott Foundation
Page last updated April 13, 2021