The New Mexico Public Education Department (NMPED) has made available a powerful set of resources for NM teachers and administrators at http://teachnm.org. We encourage you to utilize this website when you have questions about teaching-related issues in order to most quickly find your answers and accomplish your goals!
The section of the TeachNM website on OPAL is accessed by clicking “New Teachers” at the top and then “Online Portfolio for Alternative Licensure” - http://teachnm.org/new-teachers/online-portfolio-for-alternative-licensure.html
The section of the TeachNM website on the 3-Tiered Licensure System may also be helpful. It is accessed by clicking "Experienced Teachers" at the top and then "3-Tiered Licensure System" - http://teachnm.org/programs/3-tiered-licensure-system.html
A step-by-step guide on preparing and uploading your OPAL submission can be found at the TeachNM website's OPAL section (linked above).
A few further details on uploading your submission:
- You do not need a cover sheet for your OPAL submission. When you are ready to submit your OPAL, you will answer a series of questions that cover the information normally gathered in a cover sheet.
- You are required to use the OPAL templates that are provided once you have registered at the site and made payment.
- The templates for each strand must have all resources for each strand embedded into the strand. The reviewers who will be reviewing your submission must be able to connect the resources to the correct strands in order to complete your review. Uploading your resources separately from each strand may create challenges that prevent the reviewers from being able to review your submission. It will also make it extremely challenging for the administrator who has to review your submission.