The Charter Schools Division (CSD) offers four types of training, all free of charge and open to the public. All trainings will be held online until further notice. To register for all trainings, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Governing Board Training
Section 6.80.5 of the New Mexico Administrative Code (NMAC) requires all charter school governing board members to receive training.
New board members must complete 10 hours of training in the fiscal year they are designated: Ethics and Responsibilities (2 hours), Fiscal Requirements (2 hours), Understanding Academic Data (1 hour), Open Government and Legal and Organizational Framework (1 hour), Equity and Culturally and Linguistically Responsive Practices (1 hour), and elective training in any area (3 hours).
Continuing board members must complete 8 hours of training. Based on their audits, some school qualify for an exemption from fiscal training. See the Charter School Boards web page for a list of these schools.
To inquire about New Governing Board Member On-Demand Training, please email: email@example.com. Please be sure to include the name of the school board on which you serve.
Board members may receive training from PED-approved providers, including Public Charter Schools of New Mexico (PCSNM), which offers on-demand training. These providers may charge a fee for trainings. CSD trainings are provided free of charge, but we must have at least five participants to offer each course. Notice of cancellation, if necessary, will be given 48 hours in advance of the course.
To become an approved board trainer, review the Charter School Governing Body Training Areas and Recommended Standards and then email an Application to Provide Governing Board Training to firstname.lastname@example.org. The application will be reviewed and scored according to the Governing Board Application-Rubric and Evaluation Tool.
New Application Training
New Application Trainings are designed for teams that have submitted a Notice of Intent in January and intend to submit an application for a new charter school by June. This training will prepare candidates for the application submission process. The are not repeat sessions; each session builds off the prior session. New Application training will be scheduled between January and May, 2024.
Renewal Application Training
Renewal Application Training is intended for schools whose contracts expire at the end of the next school year. The school should begin preparing parts of the renewal packet no later than spring of the prior school year. Completed renewal applications are due by October 1. The trainings are not repeat sessions; each session builds off the prior session. Renewal Application trainings for schools whose contracts end June 30, 2024, will be scheduled February to April, 2023.
Implementation Year Training
Implementation Year Training is to assist schools in their planning year (i.e., their application was approved but the PEC has not yet approved them to commence operations). Participants learn about and work on school policies, procedures, legal requirements, etc. in order to complete all the tasks necessary to open a school. There are three submission deadlines (November, March, and May) and a checklist of items that must be completed by those dates. These trainings, which take place between December and March, are mandatory for all PEC-approved applicant schools.