Supporting Decision Making and Advocacy

Supporting Decision Making and Advocacy

The tools and resources in this module support programs that are committed to shared decision making and advocacy. Empowering families to help solve problems, discuss program effectiveness, prioritize spending, spending priorities, and develop policies, sends a powerful message about collaboration, equity and access.

The findings presented by Henderson and Mapp have shown that schools with parents who are involved in decision making and advocacy have higher levels of student achievement and public support. Effective partnerships develop when each partner is respected and empowered to fully participate in the decision-making process.

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, Supporting Decision Making and Advocacy, addresses New Mexico Teacher Competencies 2, 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 2: The teacher appropriately utilizes a variety of teaching methods and resources for each area taught. Relevant Master Teacher – Level III Differentiated Indicators:
  • E. Engages with colleagues and parents to collaboratively design and implement necessary modifications and adaptations in instruction and curriculum so that students with disabilities have access to the general education curriculum in the least restrictive environment.


  • 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:
  • H. Engages students in setting high standards for performance.


  • Competency 9: The teacher works productively with colleagues, parents and community members. Relevant Master Teacher - Level III Differentiated Indicators:
  • E. Works collaboratively and creatively with colleagues, parents and community members regarding educational matters.