What Is the New Mexico School Leadership Institute?
The New Mexico School Leadership Institute (NMSLI) was created by the New Mexico Legislature to establish a system of leadership development for New Mexico schools and districts.
NMSLI's purpose - to assist in recruiting, preparing, mentoring and supporting strong leaders for New Mexico schools and to provide professional development and support for school principals and other educational leaders - was defined in a 2009 Senate Joint Memorial. Legislation directing NMSLI to create a collaborative infrastructure for strengthening school and district leadership and to help improve student outcomes through recruitment, preparation and professional support was enacted in 2010.
The NMSLI represents a partnership between three state-level public agencies: the New Mexico Public Education Department, the New Mexico Higher Education Department and the Office of Education Accountability at the Department of Finance and Administration; five public universities: Eastern New Mexico University, New Mexico Highlands University, New Mexico State University, Western New Mexico University and the University of New Mexico; and New Mexico Public school districts. NMSLI's goal is to create systemic change in leadership development. To that end, NMSLI is implementing five specific initiatives:
- intensive support for leadership in schools in need of improvement
- providing support and mentoring for new principals
- professional development and support for aspiring superintendents
- providing collegial support and mentoring for new superintendents
- principal and administrative licensure requirements
NMSLI is a project-and-outcomes-driven organization that provides job-embedded opportunities training for New Mexico school leaders based on the latest available research.
The University of New Mexico College of Education generously provides space for NMSLI in Manzanita Hall.
The mission of the NMLI is to develop and sustain highly accomplished school leaders who champion effective teaching and improved student learning by establishing collaborative partnerships to support leadership development through recruitment, preparation and professional support.
The New Mexico Leadership Institute is dedicated to creating a collaborative infrastructure for strengthening school and district leadership to improve outcomes for students.
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