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STEM Action Team Presents Goals and Recommendations to NM Legislators

The New Mexico STEM Action Team presented before the Legislative Education Study Committee yesterday, sharing the following goals and policy recommendations. The presentation was positively received.  ..

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STEM Action Team to present at a legislative hearing tomorrow, with live webcast!

New Mexico First, in conjunction with the NM Partnership for Math and Science Education’s STEM Action Team, will speak to the Legislative Education Study Committee (LESC) tomorrow on STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education policy efforts.

The STEM Action Team is a statewide network of STEM professionals in education, technology, industry and other fields. It grew out of the STEM Action Planning Summit in 2012. Summit participants developed a plan that focuses on student learning, early college retention, teacher development and more. Read the plan here! The STEM Action Team has continued its work by encouraging industry partnerships and policy work in math and science education. Tomorrow’s presentation to the LESC will include progress made and future goals, as well as outlining ways in which the committee can ensure that STEM education gets the support it needs in our state.


  • By 2020, increase by 25% the number of students measurably proficient in math and science.
  • By 2020, graduate 1,000 new science and math teachers. Also, support and retain existing STEM teachers.
  • By 2020, increase by 25% the number of college graduates in STEM fields.

Watch the presentation at 10:00 AM by going to Webcasting of the New Mexico Legislature or join us at the State Capitol, Room 307, Santa Fe, NM 87501.


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What do YOU think is the most urgent issue facing New Mexico?

Help us select the topic for the 2016 statewide town hall by taking a quick survey on the important issues confronting our state. As a citizen you know what is important in your community, and we need your advice!

Click here  to take the 3 minute survey. We appreciate your input!

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to read more about our last town hall!  ..

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2015 Legislative Session STEM Education Victories

New Mexico First, on behalf of the New Mexico Partnership for Math & Science Education’s “STEM Action Team,” followed a number of education items during the legislative session. Priorities aligned to the 2012 STEM Action Planning Summit, which resulted in an ongoing collective impact effort. The STEM Action Team works to promote science, technology, engineering and math education in New Mexico. ..

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Major New Mexico employers sign STEM education proclamation

The below message  is a courtesy announcement from the STEM Action Team. New Mexico First convened a summit for the STEM Action Team in 2012.

Six major employers in New Mexico are collaborating to put New Mexico on the forefront of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education and workforce development. The employers signed a STEM Education in New Mexico proclamation earlier this summer and will hold a press conference on November 22 at the New Mexico Electric Car Challenge. The November 22 press conference for the proclamation will take place at 10:00 a.m. as part of the New Mexico Electric Car Challenge. Click herefor details. ..

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STEM Action Team Working Group

The STEM Action Team Working Group launched its second phase of work last month. The group will continue working on STEM education for the next few months. The group is co-chaired by Kurt Steinhaus and former NM Senator Cynthia Nava and supported by The New Mexico Partnership for Math and Science Education.  ..

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Symposium: Sustainable Energy Development in New Mexico

New Mexico First has worked extensively on STEM education issues. As part of this continued work, we are forwarding the message below from NM EPSCoR as a courtesy. The event is not facilitated by NM First.  ..

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2014 New Mexico First Legislative Accomplishments!

The 2014 NM Legislative Session closed with the approval of a $6.2 billion dollar budget.  The budget, which now goes to Governor Susana Martinez for signature, passed in the New Mexico Senate 42-0 and it passed in the New Mexico House of Representatives 58-8.  During the legislative session, New Mexico First championed bills in the areas of water planning, STEM education, energy planning, healthcare, workforce development and economic growth. We are pleased to announce that several policies we supported were successful. ..

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Speak up for STEM Teacher Professional Development

Do you think that STEM teacher preparation and professional development is important?  If so, come testify in front of the New Mexico House Education Committee Friday!

The legislation, entitled HB 258: Science & Math Teacher Development, would make an appropriation for professional development for science and mathematics teachers. The House Education Committee meets at 8:00 a.m. in room 317 at the State Capitol in Santa Fe.  Join us!  RSVP is appreciated, but not required at  ..

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