How Does the Language and Culture Division Support Public Education in New Mexico? The Language and Culture Division at the New Mexico Public Education Department serves as the lead for language, culture, and equity within the following areas: State-Funded Bilingual Multicultural Education Programs, Culturally and Linguistically Responsive Instruction, English Learner students, Migrant Education Programs, the State Seal of Bilingualism-Biliteracy, Title III English Language Acquisition, Language Enhancement, and Academic Achievement, as well as World Language Instruction.
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This Interstate Compact addresses some of the educational challenges transitioning children of military families face. MIC3 addresses the key issues encountered by military families including eligibility, enrollment, placement, and graduation.
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.