Educator Quality

Elevate New Mexico

Elevate NM is the state of New Mexico’s teacher evaluation system. Elevate New Mexico based on the premise that if we support our teachers with timely and actionable feedback, then they will continue to grow and improve their craft. Our state’s evaluation system is all about elevating education in our state by empowering teachers to take ownership of their evaluation. Visit NMPED's Educator Evaluation page for important information and updates about Elevate NM.

NM National Board Scholarship

NMPED National Board Scholarships are available to teachers. Through funding appropriated annually by the NM Legislature, the New Mexico Public Education Department (NMPED) is able to award up to five hundred thousand dollars ($500,000) in grants to eligible teachers who are seeking certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. Scholarships are awarded annually; awards for the 2021–2022 school year will be reimbursed for components paid for and completed prior to June 17, 2022. Be sure to visit the NMPED website for more information.

Professional Development Dossier

The Professional Development Dossier (PDD) is a focused, compact collection of documentation compiled by the teacher seeking licensure advancement with support from her/his school district. The PDD documentation is a collection of classroom data (lesson descriptions, handouts, student work, video and audio recordings, photos) with explanations of that data written by the teacher, accompanied by verification and recommendation by the district superintendent and administration. No one part of the PDD serves to fully represent a teacher's work, but the entire PDD is intended to provide evidence to determine when a teacher is qualified to advance to a higher level of licensure.

The PDD is organized into five strands. These five strands are aligned with the New Mexico Teacher Competencies and Indicators and are designed to help teachers document their teaching for reviewers from outside their school and district. As the Dossier is reviewed, the reviewer will determine if the teacher has met the expectations of each section within each Strand. The reviewer will determine if the teacher demonstrated a solid instructional practice, student learning, and professional growth.

Region 9 AND NMPED Virtual Training Dossier Preparation and Coaching

NMPED and REC9 are working together to assist teachers as they prepare their dossiers in remote teaching. Please join us to gain new ideas on how to gather evidence, artifacts, student data, and documentation virtually. You will also receive up-to-date expectations and coaching assistance to guide you as you go through the dossier process.

Dossier Coaches

Dossier Coaches are available throughout the state to virtually provide coaching sessions and any help you may need with submitting a dossier the first time or resubmitting a failed strand. Please reach out to a coach for assistance. 

Dossier Submission Period

  • July 15 to October 15
  • March 15 to May 15
  • June 1 is the deadline for resubmissions only. We will close the portal from June 1 to July 15. If you submit after October 15, we will read your dossier, however, when we pass it, it will have the date of next July.