About LEAP

Leading Educators through Alternative Pathways (LEAP) is an intensive and innovative approach for a year-long alternative licensure program tailored to prepare teachers to be successful in New Mexico’s diverse classrooms. With the collaboration of stakeholders in education, LEAP was designed to be application-based, asking participants to immediately utilize strategies they learn, and is practitioner-focused, drawing heavily from teachers’ daily problems of practice. Thus, candidates will be required to work in a classroom setting as a teacher-of-record.

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Mission Statement

LEAP is committed to developing quality educators while demonstrating compassion and holding high expectations for culturally responsive teaching and learning. LEAP uses evidence-based strategies to train, coach, and inspire teachers to engage students in ways that make them feel important, cared for, and valued.

LEAP’s vision is that every teacher has foundational teaching skills, demonstrates special education best practices and that every teacher takes on the responsibility of applying research-based reading strategies. Curriculum will be standards-based, evidence-based, assessment-based, and student-based engaging candidates in an innovative approach to teacher preparation.

LEAP Curriculum and Supports

Instruction includes face-to-face and online modules (270 hours).

Candidates will be required to attend a pre-service summer institute in Albuquerque, NM, late July.

Monthly seminars in their designated region (Friday 2-6pm and Saturday 8-4pm/1 x month).

District mentor collaboration is required with candidate referrals. Additional LEAP mentor supports are available.

Candidates receive instruction in both areas and are able to test and apply for both a General AND Special Education License (candidate must be teacher-of-record to apply for each license).

Curriculum includes required reading coursework.

Program Costs

Semester One July- December………. $1000

Semester Two January- June…………..$1000

(Includes: curriculum, instruction, feedback, mentoring and additional supports)

Application  Fee…………………………….$40

Estimated Book Cost…………………………………………….$350.00

Candidate Costs Associated with Travel for the Summer–Institute and Regional Monthly Training…..$ (lodging, meals, gas, etc.

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LEAP Statistics 2019-2021

3
Cohorts
28
Counties Served
204
Schools Partnered
400
New Teachers Placed