Welcome to NMENGAGED, a Toolkit for New Mexico School Communities: Family, School, and Community Partnerships

NMENGAGED is a collaborative project of the New Mexico Public Education Department (NMPED) and the Center for the Education and Study of Diverse Populations (CESDP) at New Mexico Highlands University.

NMENGAGED is based on the National PTA Standards for Family-School Partnerships and is designed to support sustainable family engagement initiatives that build capacity among educators and families to partner with one another around student success.

NMENGAGED provides research-based tools and professional development that elevates family and community engagement as a key educational priority.

Credits and Research Base:

Design and Production

  • Cynthia Gustke, CESDP Associate
  • Jeana Francis, CESDP Designer

 Contributions and Collaboration with:

  • New Mexico Parent Teacher Association (NMPTA); National Parent Teacher Association; and
  • New Mexico Hispanic Education Act Council


Special thanks to several advocates and practitioners throughout the state:

  • Ray Lara, Gadsden Independent School District, Family Engagement Director
  • Cynthia Gustke, CESDP Associate
  • Dr.Patricia Jimenez-Latham, CESDP Director
  • Rachel Mitchell, CESDP Education Consultant
  • Sylvia Montaño, Family Services Specialist, Clovis Municipal School District
  • Gloria Ruiz, New Mexico Public Education Department, Family Engagement Coordinator
  • Mercedes Sandoval, Social Worker, Rio Rancho Public Schools
  • Dr. Daisy Thompson, Albuquerque Public Schools Indian Education Director
  • Renata Witte, New Mexico Parent Teacher Association President
  • Julia Rosa Emslie, Education Consultant