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Advancing Equity and English Learner Policy in New Mexico

October 19, 2022 | 1:00–3:30 p.m. Mountain Time

Santa Fe, New Mexico

New Mexico has prioritized high-quality and culturally appropriate instruction for English learner students in the state. In line with this priority, REL Southwest collaborated with the New Mexico Public Education Department and other partners to provide high-quality evidence to improve practice and support statewide policies and resources that target English learner students.

This in-person event will highlight the work and resources of this collaboration, known as the Southwest English Learners (SWEL) research partnership. Angelica Herrera, PhD, and Elizabeth Jameyson will facilitate a discussion of resources related to effective instructional practices for English learner students, including a user guide supporting both the state’s Enhanced Serving English Learners Monitoring Checklist and Promising Practices to Support English Learner Students. Brenda Arellano, PhD, will lead participants in a discussion of REL Southwest’s findings regarding reclassification standards for English learner students and the policy implications of districts’ biliteracy seal programs.

Traci Karageorge will then lead participants in a discussion of findings from REL Southwest’s training series on effective strategies for supporting American Indian English learner students as well as findings from the report English Language Development Among American Indian English Learner Students in New Mexico.

Speakers and facilitators:

  • Mayra Valtierrez, Director, Language and Culture Division, New Mexico Public Education Department
  • Brenda Arellano, PhD, Southwest English Learner Partnership Facilitator, REL Southwest
  • Angelica Herrera, PhD, Collaboration and Coordination Lead, REL Southwest
  • Elizabeth Jameyson, Senior Program Associate, REL Southwest
  • Traci Karageorge, Technical Assistance Consultant, REL Southwest

Who will benefit: This event is designed for New Mexico bilingual and Title III directors, Southwest English Learners partners, and REL Southwest Governing Board members.

Sponsor: This event is sponsored by REL Southwest in partnership with the New Mexico Public Education Department and other partners.


  • Candace Hester, REL Southwest
  • Anja Kurki, American Institutes for Research
  • Hadley Bachman, Ohio Statewide Family Engagement Center
  • Dunya Minoo, Portland Public Schools
  • Kelli Mitchell, Portland Public Schools

Partnership sponsor: Southwest English Learners Research Partnership

Who will benefit: This webinar is designed for a national audience of state education agency and local education agency staff.


Lacy Wood