The EEANM team is releasing two new EE resources—our new Statewide Inventory of K-12 EE Programs and the Best Practices Tool for EE Program Development—and asking for community feedback by February 15, 2018. Continue Reading →
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.
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/. Th
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/
The final rule to adopt the NM STEM-Ready standards was published today here: http://220.127.116.11/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.
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”:
Great synopsis from the New York Times on what has been occurring this week including a mention of EEANM: https://nyti.ms/2gUVke3
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.
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.”
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/
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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).
In-person Community Meetings for our Environmental Education Community (classroom teachers, non-formal educators, school administrators, funders, and interested community members):
Albuquerque – Monday, 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: email@example.com
Las Cruces – Tuesday, 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Los Alamos – Wednesday, 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: email@example.com Continue Reading →
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.
Operations and Programs
Potential candidates should email the following to firstname.lastname@example.org
Application Deadline: Monday, September 18, 2017
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:
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.
Do you know someone who should join EEANM? EE is better with friends and colleagues!
Please invite them to join you as a member and send them over to eeanm.org/join.
Thanks to the generosity of an EEANM supporter, in celebration of Earth Day and EE Week, every new membership to EEANM in the month of April will be matched dollar for dollar (up to 10 new memberships).
We greatly value our members and appreciate your support.
Over the last couple of months, EEANM has been moving into our first official office space!
As our office space at the Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge continues to be developed, we have been offered a fantastic space at the Albert I Pierce Foundation Office Continue Reading →
On Friday, November 11, 2016 during the Environmental Literacy Summit, over 50 participants from around the Land of Enchantment answered the question “Why is environmental education necessary?” Here are their responses:
EEANM hosted a live Q&A on Facebook October 17-21. Our advisors, candidates, and newly certified educators shared their thoughts about EE Certification. We’ve pulled the questions and their answers together in this blog post. If you’re considering an application or just want to learn more, we invite you to read their discussion. Continue Reading →