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New Mexico Student Leader Network (SLN)

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Student Leader Spotlight

Describe your school community:

A rural school setting where the school is the center of the community. Where students are often taught by the same teaching staff as their parents before them. Kids grow up with one another and become family for good.

What motivates you to be a Student Leader:

To represent my peers and give them a voice for their own education and activities. Since I believe in this so strongly, I am currently a liaison for the school board.

Describe your favorite part of the Student Leader Network:

I appreciate being part of the first cohort of student leaders in New Mexico and enjoyed being able to meet with students from all over New Mexico and share ideas as peers and future leaders amongst our communities.

Shane Barnwell

“It’s not whether you get knocked down. It’s whether you get up.” Vince Lombardi

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The New Mexico Student Leader Network


The Student Leadership Network (SLN) is a component of the PED’s efforts to better inform policy decisions by engaging student voices in the policy-making process. The SLN has been established to ensure equity throughout educational policy-making decisions by elevating the voice of informed and engaged students throughout our state.

The SLN serves as a bridge between students and policymakers by:

  • Facilitating engagement between Student Leaders and key policy-makers in education
  • Offering trainings about the policy-making process
  • Supporting student leaders as they engage with community stakeholders.

Theory of Action

If students have knowledge of PED initiatives and access to PED policy makers then more school communities across New Mexico will be able to receive an equitabel education because students will be equipped to have a voice that influces school, district, and state level policies.

2019 SLN Application (Due Feb. 28th @ 5pm)

Steps to Complete Your Application:

Step 1- Complete the Student Leader Network: Student Application by Thursday, February 28th, 2019 at 5pm.
Step 2- Have a staff sponsor complete the Student Leader Network: Staff Sponsor Recommendation Form by Thursday, February 28th, 2019 at 5pm.
Step 3- After applications have been reviewed, those who are selected will be required to submit the following signed documents before being admitted into the program:

  • Academic Transcripts
  • SLN Contract
  • Medical Release Form
  • Waiver and Release Form
  • Photograph & Audio-Visual Release Form
The Final Date to Submit Application is Thursday, February 28th, 2019 by 5:00pm

Helpful Links

New Graduation Requirements
New Mexico’s ESSA Plan
School Grades
District Report Cards


Contact Information

If you are interested in taking part in the Student Leader Network and would like more information, please contact Rebekka Burt.

The New Mexico Student Leader Network

Page last updated May 25, 2022