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Secretary’s Community Advisory

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Secretary’s Community Advisory 2023-08-07T09:33:50-06:00

The Secretary’s Community Advisory (SCA) is a group of 60 stakeholders, within PK-12 public education, who are selected to advise the New Mexico Education Secretary. The cohort of 60 will include 15 educators, 15 high school students, 15 parents or guardians, and 15 civic members from around the state. Advisors serve a term of one full academic year.

The SCA demonstrates a commitment to engaging with our communities and those most directly impacted by the work of the Public Education Department (PED). It is an avenue for seeking community feedback on essential programming in public education and serves as a model to districts and schools for cultivating partnerships and implementing community-informed best practices.

Advisors are expected to attend quarterly convenings (virtual and/or in-person), and will meet remotely with PED leadership and staff on a monthly basis. The purpose of the convenings is to help Advisors collaborate with stakeholders across the state, learn about PED areas of focus, provide feedback, and advocate for their community.

Program Goals

Seek innovative community feedback. Create a culture of collaboration and unity. Builds trusted pathways of information. Incorporate diverse community voice. Support education of the whole child.

Candidate Competencies

Fosters a positive, collaborative culture among colleagues. Ability to think critically and find alternative pathways to success. Communicates effectively for maximum impact and influence.

Application Process

Phase 1

  1. Candidates will complete an online application.
  2. Candidates must submit a letter of recommendation that speaks to the three competencies listed above.
  3. Candidates will offer two references and their contact information.

Phase 2

  1. Candidates selected to move to Phase 2 will participate in a brief, three-question virtual interview.

If you have questions or concerns about the application process, please contact PED Director of Community Engagement Kristina Gonzales:

Page last updated August 7, 2023