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School Partnerships

Regional Partnership Schools (RPS)

Our directorate of Regional Partnership Schools are School Districts and schools that have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with New Mexico Highlands University’s School of Education for the purpose of creating effective and efficient placement of NMHU students for student teaching. The partnerships are organized through the Office of Clinical Studies, which places our students in schools for their classroom-based student teaching and apprenticeships required for graduating and licensure.

The goals of the RPS schools are:

  • To streamline communication between the schools and NMHU faculty and staff
  • To create positive, supportive conditions for our students while gaining their clinical experiences
  • To provide a wide range of options and localities for students to learn in
  • To provide support and guidance to the schools when taking on board student teachers and interns

NMHU has a diverse range of schools in our RPS network for placing students covering many parts of the state. Below is a list of participating partners and a map illustrating the areas covered.

  • Farmington Municipal Schools
  • Bloomfield School District
  • Aztec Municipal School District
  • Chama Valley Independent Schools
  • Springer Municipal Schools
  • Central Consolidated Schools
  • Los Alamos Public Schools
  • Taos Municipal Schools
  • Mora Independent Schools
  • Las Vegas City Schools
  • West Las Vegas Schools
  • Santa Fe Public Schools
  • Ohkay Owingeh Community School
  • Pojoaque Valley School District
  • Espanola Municipal Schools
  • Santa Rosa Consolidated Schools
  • Albuquerque Public Schools
  • Rio Rancho Public Schools
  • Los Lunas Public Schools
  • Bernalillo Public Schools
  • Mountainair Public Schools
  • Estancia Municipal School District
  • Ruidoso Municipal Schools
  • Las Cruces Public Schools
  • Carlsbad Municipal Schools


Professional Development Schools (PDS)

Professional Development Schools are direct partnerships between New Mexico Highlands University’s (NMHU) School of Education (SOE) and local school districts. The PDS model allows for schools to gain professional development for all teachers and school administrators from NMHU as well as have opportunities to have education students placed within their schools for an entire year of teaching experience.

All schools that choose to participate in the PDS model also participate in a 4-day Problems of Practice Summer Summit. The summer summit allows schools to tease out a problem of practice they may be having within their school or district and with NMHU staff and other invited experts to find workable solutions to those problems.

We currently have a range of PDS schools that we are working with. These include:

  • Albuquerque Sign Language Academy
  • Pojoaque Valley District
  • East Las Vegas Schools
  • Zuni Public Schools District