Improving Communication

Improving Communication

This module emphasizes the value of communication between home and school that is ongoing, two-way and meaningful. It also points to communication as the foundation of solid partnerships and the fact that when parents and educators communicate effectively, positive relationships develop, problems are more easily solved and students make greater progress.

Click on the buttons below to begin with a self-assessment for communication practices in your school community. Each button is directly tied to practices, research, NM Teacher Competencies, videos and resources in English and Spanish.

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, Improving Communication, addresses New Mexico Teacher Competencies 5, 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 5: The teacher effectively utilizes student assessment techniques and procedures.
    Relevant Master Teacher - Level III Differentiated Indicator:
  • D. Develops a two-way system of communicating with students and families about student progress.
  • 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 Indicator:
  • G. Fosters the development of respect for individual, cultural, linguistic, disability and religious differences.
  • Competency 9: The teacher works productively with colleagues, parents and community members.
    Relevant Master Teacher - Level III Differentiated Indicator:
  • E. Works collaboratively and creatively with colleagues, parents and community members regarding educational matters.