We continue to research and incorporate best practices when selecting the programs we offer. We encourage you, as a leader or supervisor, to participate in these powerful professional learning opportunities. We have also found that it helps cultivate and preserve your district’s best talent when you include your leadership team.


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Please review our programs below:

First Year Superintendents Academy (FYSA)

CES has designed this year-long academy to focus on strategic, relevant content alongside powerful interactions and networking opportunities with educational and legislative leaders across the state. High-intensity executive coaching and quarterly learning opportunities will further support new superintendents throughout their first year as they support students in their district.

“I appreciated so many things! The Budget workshop that we just had was great! While I there are so many things, the two below have had the biggest impact.

Being a part of the first-year superintendent program introduced me to other first year superintendents. Through our experiences we have bonded and formed friendships that I am so grateful for. We lean on each other.

I appreciated having an Executive Coach. I especially appreciate the additional year of support that was added. Being a superintendent can be challenging because you are, at times, dealing with things that you cannot speak about to anyone. The conversations with your coach are confidential, supportive, and encouraging. While we do meet monthly, my coach has made herself available whenever I have had need for a quick conversation.”

Nichole K. Burgin – Superintendent, Truth or Consequences Municipal Schools

“A huge support group from CES. It’s such a relief to know that CES is willing to do whatever is necessary to help first year superintendents. The information provided during the year was outstanding. More important is the years of experience that CES employees have and are willing to share their knowledge is very appreciated.

I consider my peers in the academy a close bonded group who look after each other. Similar to a class of medical students. Everything a superintendent has to go through is not always easy and to have a group of colleagues going through the same things is reassuring. We celebrate the great things that are happening together. We also hurt for those that are struggling and are no longer have their positions. The Class of 22-23 will always be a special group of people to me.”

Keith Durham – Superintendent, Grady Schools

First Year Principals Academy (FYPA)

FYPA provides a year of ongoing learning, support, and coaching. Targeted professional learning designed specifically for new campus administrators begins with an intensive summer workshop designed to fine-tune leadership skills, strategic planning, and preparation for the school year. Monthly learning sessions, check-in meetings, and one-on-one coaching will ensure high levels of support throughout the first year of principalship.

Requirements: First-Third Year in Principal position; Superintendent’s recommendation


Aspiring Superintendents Academy (ASA)

The ASA program provides a full year of rich experiences for learners who aspire to ready themselves for Superintendent responsibilities. Designed to be intensive, thorough, and focused on building skills to prepare future leaders, monthly seminars and assignments equip participants well for their professional growth and aspirations in a highly supportive environment

Requirements: Principal and/or Central Office experience with 3 or more years of experience; Superintendent’s recommendation

“Participating in the CES Aspiring Superintendent Academy was a comprehensive experience that allowed me to feel fully prepared for the wide array of tasks and duties associated with the actual job of being a Superintendent. The variety and scope of learning opportunities included in the ASA program allowed me to solidify my approach to and my philosophies about the role of the Superintendent and expanded my knowledge in areas I otherwise would not have had any exposure. By fully engaging in all the ASA offers, I was able to launch my Superintendency with great confidence and success. I strongly encourage anyone interested in becoming a Superintendent to participate in this very worthwhile program!”

Renee Russ, Superintendent – Clovis Municipal Schools, June, 2019-present

Administrators Leadership Development (ALD) Program

The ALD program is a year-long PED-approved opportunity for current outstanding NM educators to acquire their 3B Administrative License. Focused learning designed for building leadership, instructional knowledge, communication skills, and other significant skills will prepare participants to become strong and valued district educational leaders.

Requirements: MA Degree; 2B Instructor License; Superintendent’s recommendation

*Application window for the fall cohort will be open May 1-31, 2024*

Principal Learning Collaborative (PLC)

Principals, come and join us for a transformative year of leadership development that will drive growth and enhance student and staff engagement. Join forces with fellow educators from across the state as we connect, learn, and hone our leadership abilities. Together, we will address the challenges you encounter on a daily basis, approaching them with a solution-oriented mindset firmly grounded in your reality.


Leadership Series

Monthly learning opportunities for leaders across the state will focus on critical topics designed to enhance educational practice. All leaders, or aspiring leaders, are welcome to participate in the learning.


Board Leadership Development (BLD)

This opportunity provides leadership training to new and experienced Board members across New Mexico. Sessions are designed strategically to strengthen educational outcomes across all school districts.


Meet the Leadership Development Team

David Chavez
CES Executive Director
david@ces.org

LeAnne Gandy
Leadership Development Program Coordinator
leanne@ces.org