School Counselors NM

Professional Learning Communities

The eight professional learning community opportunities listed below were developed at the request of New Mexico educators. These virtual, yet interactive, learning opportunities are FREE, however you must register for each individually. It is our hope you will find one or more that interests you. Session videos and supplemental materials, if available, can be found under Event Archives. Should you have any questions, please contact Kelly Kennedy by using the Contact Us link at the top of the page. 

Career and Technical Education

Lead: Dr. Joseph Goins
Session Timeframe: second Tuesday of each month at 9:00 a.m.
beginning October 13 and ending April 13

This will be an open cohort discussion on Career and Technical Education.  Topics will include:  certifications, assessment of program, online CTE programs, how does CTE fit within the framework of an ECHS, what supports are unique, how to determine high-value careers and pathway programs, understanding and developing pathways, and effective resources & materials that can sustain progress on the pathway to career readiness.

October 13, 2020

November 10, 2020 

December 8, 2020 

January 12, 2021

February 9, 2021

March 9, 2021

April 13, 2021

Social and Emotional Learning

Lead: R. Keeth Matheny
Session Timeframe: 3 90-minute sessions -
September 29, October 6 and October 13 from 3:30-5:00 p.m.

Teaching and learning are all about relationships, and yet health concerns are challenging our normal systems for building positive climates and supporting students and staff. Trauma informed re-entry as well as Social and Emotional Learning will play critical roles this year as we engage in various remote, in-person, and hybrid models during COVID. Join us for this engaging look at the challenges, strategies, and levers for positive change. These are moving, interactive and highly engaging workshops that give everyone an inspiring vision for what a powerful SEL program can and should be. It covers the basics, the data, the components and best practices of SEL. There are actionable strategies to move student supports to a more proactive rather than reactive model and tie in Social and Emotional Learning as foundational to that work. Most of all, it is a collaborative experience of what SEL feels like when done well. (Each session requires a separate registration.)

Leadership in COVID

Lead: Dr. William Hayes
Session Timeframe: Three 1-hour sessions
October 22, October 29, and November 5 from 2:00-3:00 p.m.

William will discuss the wide array of challenges facing leaders during the Covid-19 pandemic and provide practical strategies to lead teachers, students, families, and the school community. This series will look at how leaders can develop routine systems and practices school wide that support increased access, opportunity, and success for diverse learners.   The sessions will identify specific measures that leaders can take to build adult capacity, leverage distributed leadership, and decrease disproportionality across a variety of domains.

Soft Skills - Employability

Lead: Trevor Stokes
Session Timeframe: Three 1-hour sessions
November 10, 17, and 24 from 9:00-10:00 a.m.

Trevor will look at crucial employability skills required for career success. He will provide strategies for helping students develop these skills using Labor Market Data and trends due to Covid-19.


Lead: Hasan Davis, J.D.
Session Timeframe: Three 1-hour sessions
Spring Semester - TBD

Focus on equity in early college high schools:

  • Discussion revolves around the human connection necessary to achieve equity. Using story to engage and connect educators and students/families (history, Burleigh, York).
  • Reaching out to families in respectful family engagement is part of equity.
  • Core to equity is having the same aspirations for all kids you have for your children.
  • Disaggregation of data as important to equity. 

Access and Support

Lead: Hasan Davis, J.D.
Session Timeframe: Three 1-hour sessions
Spring Semester - TBD

This professional learning community will complete a book study using Hasan Davis’ book Written Off to explore supports needed by disenfranchised students. The book study will provide a frame for exploring how you can build supports for those who learn differently into early college high school programming. 

7. Supporting ELL/Special Populations Virtually

Session Timeframe:

… will share practical strategies to support ELL/special needs students (and their families) in remote learning environments.

8. Remote Learning

Session Timeframe: Monthly/Three 1-hour sessions

… will share three support domains critical for students in remote learning environments and explore resources and strategies to effectively execute these domains of support.