Welcome to the Toolkit for New Mexico School Communities: Family, School, and Community Partnerships, 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. This resource-rich toolkit presents a Framework for New Mexico schools 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.

Within the site you will find suggested steps and actions, tools for reflection, and updates on effective practices in New Mexico. The content is rooted in a wide body of research demonstrating the beneficial effects of family, school, and community partnerships.

This project aims to provide New Mexico families, school staff and community organizations with research based tools and professional development opportunities to respond to the ongoing and growing interest of our school communities in elevating family and community engagement as a key educational priority.


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


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


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