New Mexico ECHO for Education

Goals and Programs

In response to the way that COVID-19 has disrupted educational space, the goals of New Mexico ECHO for Education are as follows:

  1. Identify and share tools for online and virtual education with a broad group of New Mexicans who are involved and interested in education.
  2. Address geographic access and technological disparity with the ECHO model of democratizing information and its vision of All Teach-All Learn.
  3. Identify the needs of teachers, administrators, and other stakeholders in education.
  4. Share new and existing practices and strategies to help meet those needs.
  5. Create a shared resource library for participants.

In order to meet these goals, two programs have been created.

ECHO for Supporting and Inspiring Teachers

Designed to increase student engagement, this teleECHO program explores effective, ready-to-use, and versatile tools and strategies for K-12 teachers, professional support staff, and school administrators for today’s virtual and hybrid classrooms. 

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ECHO for Social Emotional Learning

Centered on relationships and building on existing strengths of the school communities, this teleECHO seeks to illuminate the path forward for K-12 teachers in virtual and hybrid classrooms.


Intended Audience

Both programs are intended to benefit any and all of the following:

  • Elementary and Secondary Teachers
  • Special Education Teachers
  • School Counselors
  • Student-Support Staff
  • School Nurses
  • School-Based Health Centers
  • District and School Instructional Leaders
  • Administrators
  • Behavioral Health Service Providers
  • Social Workers
  • Librarians

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ECHO for Community Schools Program

The ECHO for Community Schools Program is a collaboration between the ECHO Institute, and the New Mexico Public Education Department. We are creating a virtual community of practice for those community school principals, teachers, coordinators and members involved in the New Mexico community schools movement. The aim of the project is to develop participant’s skills and expertise in supporting all aspects of excellent community schools, especially during distance and disrupted learning. The program includes targeted professional development for those issues central to successful community schools, as well as collaborative problem solving and community for those engaged in the work of community schools.

American Indian Professional Educators’ Collaborative ECHO (AIPEC)

The American Indian Professional Educators’ Collaborative ECHO is a joint project with AIPEC housed in the University of New Mexico College of Education. Our aim is to provide professional learning and support for American Indian teachers and educational administrators who are affiliated with NM Pueblos and Tribes or members of other Tribal Nations through the ECHO model.  The ECHO model of ‘all teach and all learn’ is uniquely suited to supporting these new educators through a virtual community of practice. This regular, accessible, virtual community of practice supports these new educational professionals in collaborative problem solving and practice, especially during the disruption to learning caused by COVID-19.

COVID-19 Response: Attendance Rates

This map shows the attendance rates from April 7 to May 13, 2020.Map with county attendance recorded as Bernalillo and Sandavol between 76 and 161, the majority of other counties at 1 to 75, and Catron, deBaca and Harding counties at 0.

Program Team Bios & Contact Information

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Michael Stanton, PhD, is the Director of ECHO for Education Programs at the Project ECHO Institute. He leads a team that over the past four years has designed and launched nearly a dozen ECHO for Education virtual networks. He has been a local, regional, and national consultant providing coaching, facilitating workshops, and technical assistance in organizational development, project management, and adult learning. Dr. Stanton earned a PhD in Organizational Learning and Instructional Technology from UNM with an emphasis on project management, adult learning theory, organizational development, and education leadership. He has 28 years of experience in education as classroom teacher, teacher leader, and school administrator. He is the founding principal of a successful high school of choice for Albuquerque Public Schools, nex+Gen Academy High School. 

You can email Dr. Stanton at

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Soraya Gollop, PhD, is a Senior Program Manager for Higher Education programs at the ECHO Institute. She comes to the Education team at the ECHO Institute with 20+ years of experience in Higher Education. Dr. Gollop is committed to making our society more equitable and inclusive society through increasing access to high quality education and opportunity. She has taught at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, where she completed her Ph.D., the University of Auckland and Auckland University of Technology in New Zealand. In addition to her Higher Education work Dr. Gollop has worked within K-12 education increasing access and opportunity for underserved students and families within Dallas Independent School District.

You can email Dr. Gollop at
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Clarissa Franco, M.Sp.Ed, is the Senior Program Manager for Early Childhood Programs at the ECHO Institute and joined the Education Team in August 2020 with over 15 years of experience in the field. Ms. Franco has primarily worked in non-profit management and program development in the following early childhood sectors: child care, New Mexico PreK, home visiting and Part C services- New Mexico’s Family Infant Toddler Program.  

You can email Ms. Franco at

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Stephen Murillo, MBA, is a Program Manager at the ECHO Institute/Project ECHO, University of New Mexico. Mr. Murillo has supported the ECHO Institute in a variety of roles including, supervising program coordinators, developing SOPs to ensure consistency across multiple programs, providing strategic planning during ECHO Immersion, and managing multiple programs including ECHOs for Education.

You can email Mr. Murillo at

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Beth Mercer, MSW, is Program Specialist with the ECHO Institute. Ms. Mercer is an Albuquerque native who brings 20+ years of UNM experience and a social work perspective to her positon as Education ECHO Program Specialist.