SWIFT exists to deepen and broaden community school opportunities across New Mexico, to provide technical assistance and guidance, to break down silos while honoring the Community School commitment to shared leadership, shared voice and diverse perspectives for the greater good of children, families, schools and communities. We are here to help build a robust community school strategy to transform public education now and for the future.
What We Provide
SWIFT Community Schools was founded in February 2023 with funding from a Congressionally-Directed Spending (CDS) award secured by U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich. Both SWIFT Community Schools and the CDS award originated as a collaborative effort by the ABC Community School Partnership, National Education Association - New Mexico, and Communities In Schools of New Mexico.
About Community Schools
A community school is a locally driven school transformation strategy that promotes child well-being. Community schools leverage and coordinate the resources of the whole community to build a thriving school for students, families, school staff (including educators), and community partners.
The Community Schools Act was first passed in 1978 then amended in 2019
to align with national research and best practice and to create a grant program managed by NMPED. Its purpose is to provide well-rounded educational opportunities and supports for student success in New Mexico (Community Schools Act, Ch. 22, Art. 32, NMSA 1978).