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Welcome to the NMRECA
The New Mexico Regional Education Cooperatives Association (NMRECA) is comprised of ten regional education cooperatives. We are located throughout New Mexico, supporting 68 districts (most of them rural), charter schools, and state-supported schools. In addition, NMRECA members work directly with the New Mexico Public Education Department on state-wide projects and initiatives.
The NMRECA is affiliated with the NM Coalition of Educational Leaders (NMCEL), the Association of Educational Service Agencies (AESA), the Association of School Business Officials (ASBO), and the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD).
A Message from the NMRECA President
Education is experiencing a dynamic time of not only innovation but also calls for reform. Traditional methods are no longer sufficiently preparing students to meet their goals and develop the skills and knowledge needed in the workplace. Our continued efforts to make these improvements will have an impact on learning, both from the student experience perspective and that of staff and administrators planning new academic programs and support services.
Stephen Aguirre, executive director for High Plains REC in Raton NM, shares from his 21-year tenure. “The REC model and their work have not been familiar to those beyond member districts. Only in the last few years, due to increased IGAs and state-wide work, have the RECs received more exposure to education stakeholders across the state. While strides have been made, I believe that RECs, as a valuable resource to support New Mexico’s education goals, remain underutilized and under-funded. Most RECs rely on entrepreneurial activities to continue to be viable. I believe that New Mexico has the ability to increase student learning outcomes and rise in its national standing. While there are many ambiguous challenges in education, one clear area of need is teacher professional development and growth. New Mexico is unique in its lack of a continuing education requirement, once acquiring licensure. While this would require legislation, I believe that the conduit for it could be the RECs and their relationships with universities.”
HPREC’s vision, identified in 1998, remains, “Dedicated to Educational Excellence”
For more information regarding HPREC, please visit their website.