Guidelines for Community Engagement Training Comes to New Mexico!

Date: Friday, December 8, 2017 from 1:00-4:00 p.m.

Location: Valle de Oro NWR

Guidelines for Engaging Communities

Newly published, this is your chance to dig into the  Community Engagement: Guidelines for Excellence.  This set of guidelines focuses on community wellness and is designed to help environmental educators create inclusive environments that support effective partnership and collaboration building. The guidelines describe key characteristics of successful community engagement, provide case examples, and include resources for implementing the guidelines.

This workshop will provide an overall introdcution to the guidelines, and an opportunity to share stories about community engagement successes and challenges.

FREE, but pre-registration is required. Click here to reserve your spot or fill out the form below.

 

2017 Environmental Literacy Summit

Announcing the 2017 Statewide Environmental Literacy Summit
Bringing Educators Outdoors 
November 9 and 10, 2017
at the Sandia Mountain Natural History Center
For more information and to register, please visit eeanm.org/programs/summit/.
We are thrilled to announce that we will be making history this year by bringing our Statewide Environmental Literacy Summit out-of-doors at the Sandia Mountain Natural History Center! Please join us for a unique opportunity to:
  • Explore diversity, equity, and inclusion with the Center for Diversity and the Environment
  • Discover the Sandia Natural History Center and its 50 years of history
  • Engage in professional development
  • Contribute your ideas that will guide EEANM’s work over the next year
  • Discuss shared values for program development
  • Celebrate our big accomplishments
Special EE Celebration for Friends and Family at Rio Bravo Brewing Company starting at 4:30 p.m. on November 9th including an Awards Ceremony and a special performance by the Zia Queens Crew (an all female breakdance crew).
Please visit eeanm.org/programs/summit/ for more info and to register.

Statewide Environmental Literacy Summit

 

 

Urgent Update on Next Generation Science Standards

First of all, I would like to take a moment to thank all of our incredible EEANM members. Your memberships have allowed us to step up and offer this level of response. Our environmental education community has been elevated as a result of all that is going on and we appreciate all of you who support us through your memberships and donations. If you are interested in joining us or contributing your dollars to this effort, please visit our secure site at https://eeanm.org/join/. Thank you.

February 15, 2018 Update

EEANM staff attended a partner meeting of the Math and Science Bureau of the New Mexico Public Education Department (NMPED) to learn more about the NM STEM Ready! standards on Monday, February 12, 2018. We were reminded that the NM STEM Ready! standards include NGSS in full plus six New Mexico-centric standards. NMPED shared that the implementation timeline will become more detailed as they review the readiness inventory that was distributed to school districts along with the two working groups (one to design a framework for New Mexico-centric standards and one on middle and high school course mapping). NMPED clarified that school districts will have the responsibility to take the lead on implementation including professional development for teachers, with NMPED playing a supporting role. Math and Science Bureau staff are in conversation with other states to learn about successes and challenges with implementation elsewhere.

Here is a link to the NM STEM Ready! page on the NMPED website: http://webnew.ped.state.nm.us/bureaus/math-science/nm-stem-ready-science/

November 14, 2017 Update

The final rule to adopt the NM STEM-Ready standards was published today here: http://164.64.110.239/nmregister/xxviii/xxviii21/6.29.10.htm. There is now a new page available on the NM PED website specific to NM STEM Ready science: http://ped.state.nm.us/ped/NMSTEMReadyScience.html including a link to the New Mexico specific standards: http://ped.state.nm.us/ped/MathandScienceDocs/NM%20Companion.pdf.

October 25, 2017 Update

It is our pleasure to share that the Albuquerque Journal has posted the following article announcing the Public Education Department’s announcement to adopt the Next Generation Science Standards “in their entirety”:

We hope you will come celebrate with us during this year’s Statewide Environmental Literacy Summit on November 9th and 10th where we will be offering up some special celebrations to mark this big step forward for New Mexico (https://eeanm.org/programs/summit/)!
Thank you to all of you who contributed your comments and again, thank you to our valued members who made our important work possible!

October 20, 2017 Update

Great synopsis from the New York Times on what has been occurring this week including a mention of EEANM: https://nyti.ms/2gUVke3

October 19, 2017 Update

EEANM has compiled a quick analysis of where the proposed NM STEM Ready standards sit today with the changes announced 10/17/17 and 10/18/17 compared with original NGSS language: EEANMAnalysisNMSTEMReady101817vsNGSS

This analysis is what was used in issuing our draft statement last evening.

October 18, 2017 Update (added at 10:10 p.m. MDT):

EEANM received the following letter this evening from the NM Public Education Department: STEM_Ready Collaboration_Responding To Your Input and issues the following statement in response:

“After reviewing the revisions to the proposed NM STEM-Ready standards released last evening (10/17/17) along with the letter the Environmental Education Association of New Mexico (EEANM) received this evening (10/18/17), we believe that the New Mexico Public Education Department (NM PED) has listened to and addressed many of the concerns voiced by EEANM as outlined in our letter approved by our Board of Directors of October 13, 2017. We are excited to see NM PED include the science and engineering practices, crosscutting concepts and disciplinary core ideas, all valuable pieces to the Next Generation Science Standards as outlined in the October 18th letter we received. Additionally, we praise NM PED in addressing funding and the development of a timeline for full implementation of the NM STEM-Ready Standards. We believe that our environmental education community is a vital asset to our state’s education system; EEANM and its organizational partners are ready and willing to support the implementation of Next Generation Science Standards statewide through professional development of teachers and school administrators. We look forward to being part of the conversation for next steps.

Although all of the comments we submitted as a result of our statewide effort to crowdsource ideas and listen to feedback on these proposed standards have not been addressed, the revisions made in the last 48 hours by NM PED are a big step forward for our students, teachers, and communities.”

October 18, 2017 morning update:

Good morning EE community, the Public Education Department, just 24 hours after the public hearing on the proposed NM STEM-Ready standards, has announced that some of the proposed standards that had been revised from NGSS language will be going back to original NGSS language (including putting back in evolution, climate change, and the age of the Earth). We look forward to learning more about what changes the Public Education Department will make: http://www.santafenewmexican.com/news/education/state-to-rewrite-proposed-science-standards/article_2f89acb6-f0c8-56f7-929e-18c9554e9613.html

And one more article: http://nmpoliticalreport.com/635568/state-backs-off-controversial-science-standards/

October 13, 2017 Update: EEANM’s Final Response to the Proposed NM-STEM Ready Standards (as approved by EEANM’s Board of Directors on 10/13/17) which has been sent to NMPED:

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October 9, 2017 Update: EEANM’s Draft Response to the Proposed NM STEM-Ready Standards (currently being reviewed by EEANM’s Board Directors):

 The following document is being made available as a draft (dated October 9, 2016) to New Mexico’s Environmental Education Community. Please feel free to copy any comments including the suggested revisions in drafting your own individual or group/organization/agency response: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1SEShS7kdAE6sDRE8psqh4fUGzl7mKpL4fO_BQ6OLrOc/edit?usp=sharing

Reminder that written comments can be submitted in the following ways (taken from the NMPED site):

Public Comment.  Interested parties may provide comment on the proposed repeal and replacement of this state rule at the public hearing or may submit written comments, or both, to Jamie Gonzales, Policy Division, New Mexico Public Education Department, Room 101, 300 Don Gaspar Avenue, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501, or by electronic mail at rule.feedback@state.nm.us, or fax to (505) 827-6681.  All written comments must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. (MDT) on the date of the public hearing.  The PED encourages the early submission of written comments.  The public comment period is from September 12, 2017 to October 16, 2017 at 5 p.m. (MDT).

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In-person Community Meetings for our Environmental Education Community (classroom teachers, non-formal educators, school administrators, funders, and interested community members):

AlbuquerqueMonday, October 2 at 4 p.m. at Bachechi Open Space (9521 Rio Grande Blvd NW, Albuquerque, NM 87114) hosted by EEANM Staff and Board of Directors. Questions: info@eeanm.org

Las CrucesTuesday, October 3 at 4:30 p.m. at Asombro Institute for Science Education (401E. College Ave., Las Cruces) hosted by valued EEANM Organizational Member Asombro Institute for Science Education (http://asombro.org). Questions: ryan@asombro.org

Los AlamosWednesday, October 4 at 7 p.m. at  Los Alamos Nature Center (2600 Canyon Rd, Los Alamos) hosted by valued EEANM Organizational Member Pajarito Environmental Education Center (http://peecnature.org). Questions: educator@peecnature.org Continue Reading →

EEANM seeks Program Manager

POSITION OPENING IS NOW CLOSED.

EEANM is a looking for a self-starter with a passion for environmental education and nonprofit work who wants to become part of a dynamic and growing organization. Our ideal candidate will have the ability to juggle multiple projects, be adaptable to independent and team work, be capable of working a flexible schedule, and have an interest in growing with the organization. The Program Manager will work 25 hours per week, based in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and this position is for a one-year term, with the opportunity to extend that term if agreeable to all parties. The employee will report to the EEANM Executive Director.

EEANM offers equal employment opportunity and does not discriminate based on race, ethnicity, national origin, creed, gender, gender identity or expression, religious beliefs, color, disability, sexual orientation, age, marital status, or association membership.

Primary Responsibilities

Operations and Programs

  • Oversee statewide inventory of environmental education programs including maintenance and outreach of this new online resource to be released in 2018
  • Coordinate development, implementation and evaluation of the restoration curriculum development for the Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge
  • Facilitate professional development workshops including Project Learning Tree along with supporting participants post-trainings
  • Assist with other EEANM programs such as the Environmental Literacy Summit and Environmental Education Certification
  • Assist with other projects or duties as needed 

Financial

  • Assist with bookkeeping, paying bills, financial reports, and budgeting for programs
  • Assist with grant writing and reporting, donor cultivation, soliciting memberships and donations, and other fundraising and development events for EEANM
  • Assist with ensuring adherence to EEANM’s legal obligations and reporting requirements and keep state and federal registrations current
  • Keep accurate time and expense records

Constituency

  • Maintain up-to-date and accurate information for the EEANM website and Facebook account
  • Support EEANM members through membership renewal reminder e-mails, cultivating new members, writing and ensuring timely delivery of thank-you letters, and pursuing opportunities to increase membership
  • Contribute to EEANM’s quarterly e-newsletter and maintenance of EEANM’s community listserve, ecoed
  • Represent EEANM within both the environmental education community and in the greater community through meetings, partnerships, collaborations, networking and outreach
  • Participate in gaining support for environmental education in NM from individuals, partners, corporations, organizations, foundations and government entities
  • Demonstrate a commitment to working with individuals and groups from diverse backgrounds and experiences
  • Ability to apply a lens of diversity, equity and inclusion to support New Mexico’s EE community

Required Qualifications

  • Self-motivated and able to work independently
  • Strong communication, networking and facilitation skills: excellent writing, speaking and information sharing skills, with an ability to work effectively with diverse groups of people
  • Experience in Microsoft programs including Word, Excel, and Powerpoint
  • Experience in WordPress, QuickBooks and Little Green Light is preferred
  • Excellent analytical, spelling, typing, grammar and organizational skill along with strong attention to detail
  • Experience in a non-profit and/or conservation organization
  • Bachelors degree or greater or equivalent work experience in relevant field including nonprofit management, education, or natural resource-related field

Compensation

  • Salary: $18/hour starting at 25 hours/week with the opportunity to increase hours with sufficient funding
  • Benefits: Paid Vacation, Sick Leave and most Federal Holidays

Application Process

Potential candidates should email the following to director@eeanm.org

  • Resume or Vitae
  • Cover Letter describing how education, experience and talents qualify candidate for our program director position as outlined in the qualifications
  • The names, addresses, and telephone numbers of three (3) current professional references

Application Deadline: Monday, September 18, 2017

 

 

EEANM’s Back to School Cookout

Calling all EE Community Members and Their Families

to our First Back to School Cookout

Join us on Friday, August 11, 2017 from 4:30-8:00 p.m. at the Elena Gallegos Open Space Kiwanis Area for EEANM’s First Back to School Cookout.

Bring your family, friends, and neighbors to our Back to School Cookout where we will enjoy a tasty dinner and great company at the foot of the Sandia Mountains at the Elena Gallegos Open Space Kiwanis area (click here for a map).

Test your horseshoe throwing skills and volleyball serves with fellow EE community members while celebrating the start of another school year! Join in on the epic hide and seek game or lace up your hiking shoes for a short hike into the Sandias while munching on some great grub.

All profits go towards EEANM’s vision of embedding EE within the Land of Enchantment:

Early Bird Tickets Available through August 1:

Suggested donation of $18 for adults and $8 for kids

Regular Tickets Available from August 2-7: Suggested donation of $25 for adults and $10 for kids

Last minute “At the Door” Tickets: Suggested donation of $30 for adults and $10 for kids

Each ticket gains you entry to our celebratory gathering which will include a tasty bbq dinner (with vegetarian/vegan options) along with tasty drinks, access to guided hikes, the chance to test out your volleyball and horseshoe throwing skills, and some really great company and conversation!

Tickets are limited so please act early! To secure a ticket, please click here.

2016 Environmental Literacy Summit – 11/11/16

Making Environmental Education Relevant and Necessary in Today’s Education

Taking a look back over the history of Environmental Education (EE), join us on
Friday, November 11, 2016 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
for the Environmental Education Association of New Mexico’s annual meeting along with an opportunity to explore the following:

– Status of the Environmental Literacy Plan
– Environmental Education Certification
– Cultivating Diversity within Our Community
– Opportunities for Collaboration and Collective Impact
– How do we measure our impact?

Whether you are a classroom teacher, non-formal educator, or a community member interested in environmental education, please share your voice as we explore ways for the Environmental Education Association of New Mexico to better support you and our EE community! Continue Reading →

Call for Nominations for the Dr. Richard W. Becker Award for Excellence in EE

Award Overview and Criteria:

This award will recognize and honor annually an outstanding individual that has influenced students through the field of environmental education or service learning in New Mexico. The individual selected as the recipient of this award will have excelled in one or more of the following goals:

Advanced environmental literacy.
Advanced or engaged an audience in environmental stewardship, including service learning.
Engaged an audience through connections to the natural world leading to action in conservation or environmental stewardship.
Advanced environmental education or a program through collaboration.
Nominations are due October 31, 2016. The winner will be announced at our annual meeting during the Environmental Literacy Summit on November 11, 2016 at the Rio Grande Nature Center State Park (https://eeanm.org/2016-environmental-literacy-summit-111116/).

 

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2016 Environmental Literacy Summit – 11/11/16

Making Environmental Education Relevant and Necessary in Today’s Education

Taking a look back over the history of Environmental Education (EE), join us on
Friday, November 11, 2016 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
for the Environmental Education Association of New Mexico’s annual meeting along with an opportunity to explore the following:

– Status of the Environmental Literacy Plan
– Environmental Education Certification
– Cultivating Diversity within Our Community
– Opportunities for Collaboration and Collective Impact
– How do we measure our impact? Continue Reading →