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As part of the implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act, the Language and Culture Division has taken a broader role within the New Mexico Public Education Department (NMPED) and serves as the lead for language, culture, and equity within the Identity, Equity, and Transformation of the NMPED. The Language and Culture Division serves as the contact on:

  • implementing state-funded Bilingual Multicultural Education Programs;
  • meeting Federal obligations to English Learners by providing English Learner Programs that support students in becoming proficient in English and achieving academically;
  • leveraging the Title III English Language Acquisition Subgrant to maximize positive impact and outcomes for Immigrant children and youth and students served in English Learner Programs;
  • implementing the Hispanic Education Act;
  • effective World Language instruction;
  • the State Seal of Bilingualism-Biliteracy on New Mexico Diploma of Excellence; and
  • Culturally and Linguistically Responsive Instruction.

The Language and Culture Division looks forward to continued collaboration as we work together to provide student-centered, equitable instruction that is culturally and linguistically responsive.

Image of Memorandum Language and Culture Division, Formerly Known As the Bilingual Multicultural Education Bureau Memorandum


News and Important Dates

2022 NMHU Spanish Summer Immersion

2022 NMSU Spanish Summer Immersion

Black Education Act Advisory Council Hybrid Meeting for February 19, 2022

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21-22 Important Links

WestEd recorded Webinar for English Learners

19-20 Title III/BMEP Director Contact List



The PED’s Language and Culture Division (LCD) works to ensure the implementation of the state Bilingual Multicultural Education Act (Chapter 22, Article 23 NMSA 1978) and related New Mexico Administrative Code (6.32.2 NMAC), the Hispanic Education Act (Chapter 22, Article 23B NMSA 1978), meeting Federal obligations to English Learner students and Immigrant children and youth, of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA, 2015), supporting with effective World Language instruction, adoption of the State Seal of Bilingualism-Biliteracy on New Mexico Diploma of Excellence, and Culturally and Linguistically Responsive Instruction.


The Language and Culture Division provides accountability with support to districts and charter schools across the state of New Mexico through effective leadership, timely customer service, and relevant technical assistance to address the academic learning and language needs of students.


New Mexico’s children have access to effective English Learner Programs, Bilingual Multicultural Education Programs, World Language Instruction, Culturally and Linguistically Responsive, rigorous instructional programming that supports all students-including immigrant students-to become bilingual and biliterate, meet and exceed all content area standards, demonstrate academic excellence, and experience school success such that students are prepared beyond the classroom to lead productive, purposeful lives in service to the larger community.


The Language and Culture Division’s core values are anchored in striving for excellence and our strength of working together to support growth in districts and charter schools. We are committed to moving forward with efficiency, integrity and love to make a real difference for our stakeholders.

Page last updated April 27, 2022