Collaborating with the Community

Collaborating with the Community

This module provides tools and resources to measure and improve family and community collaboration within your school community. Engaging community members, businesses, and organizations as partners in children's education can improve learning communities through benefits such as expanded learning opportunities, broad-based support for increased school funding, and quality after school programs.

NM Teacher CompetenciesNM Teacher Competencies

The New Mexico 3-Tiered Licensure System provides the framework for documenting teacher qualifications. In collaboration with the principal or designated administrator, New Mexico teachers are required to develop and maintain Professional Development Plans (PDPs) based on nine teacher competencies and accompanying differentiated indicators for their respective level of licensure (Level I, II or III).

This module, Collaborating with the Community addresses New Mexico Teacher Competencies 4, 7, and 9. The competencies and relevant differentiated indicators for Master Teacher – Level III are listed below. For more information and a complete listing of competencies and differentiated indicators visit Teach NM: Career Resources for New Mexico School Teachers and Administrators.

  • Competency 4: The teacher comprehends the principles of student growth, development and learning, and applies them appropriately.
    Relevant Master Teacher - Level III Differentiated Indicators:
  • D. Integrates community resources, service agencies, other school personnel, parents and community members into the curriculum.


  • Competency 7: The teacher recognizes student diversity and creates an atmosphere conducive to the promotion of positive student involvement and self-concept.
    Relevant Master Teacher - Level III Differentiated Indicators:
  • C. Demonstrates an awareness of the influences of context, disability, language and culture on student learning.


  • Competency 9: The teacher works productively with colleagues, parents and community members.
    Relevant Master Teacher - Level III Differentiated Indicators:
  • B. Demonstrates knowledge of specific school, family and community resources that can support student learning.