Science Advisory Council Meets At Tech

SOCORRO, N.M. September 4, 2013 – The Math and Science Advisory Council will hold its next meeting at the MaceyCenter ballroom at New Mexico Tech from 1 to 5 p.m. September 6.

State statute requires the existence of such a council, which is tasked annually to report on the state of science education in New Mexico and advise the Math and Science Bureau Chief at the Public Education Department.

The MSAC has 18 appointed members who are K-12 public school educators, members from the private sector, including the national laboratories, museums and science-and-engineering-based businesses; members from public post-secondary educational institutions with expertise in mathematics or science education, and the New Mexico Partnership for Mathematics and Science Education.

The September meeting agenda includes the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), which are K-12 performance standards developed by stakeholders from 26 states. These new standards integrate engineering practices throughout the content and were recently released in April. The new standards are supported nationally as five states have since adopted the new standards and numerous states are currently in process of adoption..

The meeting is open to students and the public. Tech Physics professor Richard Sonnenfeld is on the committee and is very enthusiastic about it.

“The current situation in K-12 science education in New Mexico could best be described as primitive, with scattered bright spots,” Sonnenfeld said, “But this is a committee of some of the most dedicated and connected people I have ever seen, so I am optimistic that we can make improvements. I personally would like to get teachers the technical and administrative support so that they can teach science at a higher level and communicate to their students that it is extremely exciting and not just about daunting and dry textbooks.”

For questions about MSAC, contact co-chairs Hy Tran (hy.d.tran@gmail.com">hy.d.tran@gmail.com) or Malva Knoll (knollmalva@comcast.net">knollmalva@comcast.net) or Lesley Galyas, Math and Science Bureau Chief, New Mexico PED(lesley.galyas@state.nm.us">lesley.galyas@state.nm.us).

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