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


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.






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

Community Schools Progress Report Template

Community Schools Toolkit Presentation

NMPED’s Community Schools Logic Model

Logic Model Template for Local Community Schools


  • The New Mexico Community Schools planning grant application and implementation grant application were released on July 22, 2019. Final applications must be submitted to no later than 5:00 p.m. on August 30, 2019.
  • The New Mexico Out-of-School Time Network Fall into Place Conference is being held November 1-2, 2019 at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Albuquerque. This year’s conference will include a community schools strand. Please join us for this exciting event. Visit NMOST for more information.

Community Schools Technical Assistance

Below you will find technical assistance materials to support your community schools work.

Needs Assessment Guidebook
Community Schools Needs Assessment Guidelines

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

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).
o Online Research Compendium: This is comprehensive and concise breakdown of the research and information that went into the development of above report.
o Evidence-based Policy Guidance: Provides support and guidance for school, district, and state educational professional as they consider implementing the Community Schools framework.
o 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.
o 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. Notable resources include:
o 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.
oYour 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.
o Coalition Publications: This page features a variety of publications presented by the Coalition and other partners.
oPolicy and Advocacy: This page includes stakeholder engagement handbooks, policy related webinars, and FAQs related to ESSA.
o 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 February 28, 2020