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NISL/ENMU and NMPED have teamed to present an ambitious three-year program that will develop a cadre of local NISL trainers and principal mentors, and create a pipeline for leadership succession in southeastern New Mexico. This program began its first and second cohorts in July 2015 and 2016 and is gearing up for a third cohort in July 2017.

The third cohort will be composed of teacher leaders who wish to achieve administrative licensure in New Mexico. Less than 24 slots exist for this cohort so please apply early. Applications are due on May 5, 2017 and participants will be notified by May 22, 2017.

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Teachers will receive 12 free credit hours (four courses) for their participation. These will be awarded 3 credits for fall 2017, 6 credits for spring 2018 and 3 credits for summer session I 2018. For those teachers who do not currently hold a master's degree, this will accomplish one-third of the master's degree in education administration at no cost to the student. For those teachers who already possess a master's degree, this will fulfill half of the education administrator licensure only requirements at no cost to the student.

The NISL curriculum is rigorous and stimulating. The program does require a significant time commitment from participants, it is important to recognize that the program sessions are equal to 12 graduate credits (four courses) and that makes the time commitment more easily understood. In order to accommodate both teachers' and administrators' busy schedules, the entire cohort will meet for five days in late July 2017, and then beginning in September monthly meetings every second weekend (unless a holiday necessitates rolling to the first) of each month except December. The final two units of student will be presented during a four day session June 2018. And yes, the weekends do mean Saturday (9 a.m.-4 p.m.) and Sunday (8:30 a.m.-3 p.m.) which we understand may regrettably preclude some from participating.

Any additional questions? Contact Penny A. Garcia, dean, College of Education and Technology via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Cohort 3 Session Schedule

Group NISL Unit Date
Entire Cohort Units 1 and 2 July 24-27, 2017
Entire Cohort Unit 3 Sept. 9-10, 2017
Entire Cohort Unit 4 Oct. 14-15, 2017
Entire Cohort Unit 5 Nov. 11-12, 2017
NISL Trainers/Principals Unit 6 Jan. 13-14, 2018
Entire Cohort Unit 7 Feb. 10-11, 2018
Entire Cohort Unit 8 March 10-11, 2018
Entire Cohort Unit 9 April 14-15, 2018
Entire Cohort Unit 10 May 5-6, 2018
Entire Cohort Units 11 and 12 June 21-24, 2018

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