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.

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.


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


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


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


Dr. Gloria O. Rendón
Director of Leadership Development
grendon@ces.org


Evan Grasser
Director of Leadership Development
evan@ces.org


Jo Lynn Gallegos
Leadership Development
Administrative Assistant
jolynn@ces.org