2012 Stem Action Planning Summit

Overview

Education is the key to the 21st Century, both in terms of economic prosperity and personal achievement. Today’s new economy is knowledge-based, entrepreneurial, and globally competitive to an extent that was unimaginable even a decade ago. Yet New Mexico students lag significantly in most measures of K-12 academic success, especially in math and science. Improving this situation will be challenging, but essential.

For this reason, New Mexico First held a summit that resulted in an action plan that will ensure important STEM education goals are achieved for New Mexico students and teachers in the following areas:

  • PreK-12 STEM teacher support across their professional continuum; both preparation and development in using inquiry-based methods
  • Classroom experiences for PreK-12 STEM students that are rigorous and relevant to industry needs
  • Support for students transitioning from PreK-12 to post-secondary STEM degrees and careers
Who Attended?
  • Students
  • PreK-20 educators
  • STEM advocates
  • Industry professionals
  • State agency education professionals
  • Elected officials
What Happened at the Summit?
New Mexico First used its unique consensus-building approach to facilitate the summit. This was not a typical conference with a series of presentations. There was panel of experts who shared their views regarding best practices. But, the bulk of the summit was comprised of small group discussions among people who care about the topic and wanted to create an action plan that ensures important STEM education goals are achieved for New Mexico students and teachers.

Prior to the session, participants received a background report. The report provided valuable information on the progress made, and the challenges ahead. It served as a basis for the planning discussions held during the session.

What Happened after the Summit?
An implementation team was formed and will work, over the next 12 months, to move forward the plan developed at the session.

Date
: Thursday-Friday, November 8-9, 2012
Location: The Lodge at Santa Fe, 750 N. St. Francis Drive, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501

Agenda

Day 1

Time Activity
9:00 AM Check-in & Networking
9:30 AM                             Welcome and Overview
  • Kurt Steinhaus, Director of Community Programs, Los Alamos National Laboratory
  • Congressman Ben Lujan, United States House of Representatives 
  • Kristin Umland, Co-chair, New Mexico Partnership for Math and Science Education 
  • Heather Balas, President and Executive Director, New Mexico First 
10:00 AM Roundtable Discussion
  • Dr. Richard Howell, Dean, University of New Mexico College of Education
  • Deb Novak, Chief of Education, Natural History Museum
  • Dr. Daniel Lopez, President, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology
  • Jami Grindatto, Director of Enterprise Talent, Intel
11:00 AM Break
11:15 AM Discussion One: Introductions and Overview of Team Goals/Strategies
12:15 PM Lunch
  • Amy Tapia, Manager of Community Involvement, Sandia National Laboratories 
  • Hanna Skandera, Cabinet Secretary designate, New Mexico Public Education Department and Collective Impact Team Co-chair
1:15 PM Discussion Two: Analyzing the Obstacles
2:15 PM Break
2:30 PM Discussion Three: Creating the Plan for Action
5:00 PM Adjourn

Day 2

Time Activity
9:00 AM Discussion Three (cont’d.): Creating the Plan for Action
11:00 AM Break
11:15 AM Discussion Three (cont’d.): Creating the Plan for Action
12:00 PM              Lunch & Progress Review
  • Susan Brown, Co-chair, New Mexico Partnership for Math and Science Education 
  • Cynthia Nava, Senator, State of New Mexico Legislator and Collective Impact Team Co-Chair
1:00 PM Discussion Three (cont’d.): Creating the Plan for Action
3:00 PM Discussion Four: Finalizing the Plan for Action
5:00 PM Adjourn


Speakers

Welcome

Congressman Ben Lujan, United States House of Representatives 

Roundtable Participants

Dr. Richard Howell, Dean, University of New Mexico College of Education
Deb Novak, Chief of Education, Natural History Museum
Dr. Daniel Lopez, President, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology
Jami Grindatto, Director of Enterprise Talent, Intel

Collective Impact Co-chairs

Cynthia Nava, Senator, State of New Mexico Legislator and Collective Impact Team Co-chair
Hanna Skandera, Cabinet Secretary designate, New Mexico Public Education Department and Collective Impact Team Co-chair

Reports

  • STEM Action Planning Summit: Backgrounder STEM Action Planning Summit: Backgrounder
    Primer on water issues in New Mexico, prepared for the 2014 statewide town hall on water   08-Nov-2012
  • STEM Action Planning Summit: Recommendations STEM Action Planning Summit: Recommendations
    Contract for the New Mexico Partnership for Math and Science Education on science, technology, engineering and math   08-Nov-2012
  • STEM Action Planning Summit: Appendix STEM Action Planning Summit: Appendix
    Contract for the New Mexico Partnership for Math and Science Education on science, technology, engineering and math   08-Nov-2012

  • Sponsors

    Signature Level

    Los Alamos National Security, LLC
    Sandia National Laboratories/Lockheed Martin 

    Gold Level

    University of New Mexico
    Intel
    PNM

    Silver Level

    Innovate+Educate 
    New Mexico Highlands University
    Santa Fe Community College
    Northern New Mexico College
    LANL Foundation
    Technology Intergration Group

    Summit Convener

    New Mexico Partnership for Math and Science Education

    Facilitator

    New Mexico First




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