New Mexico Partnership for Mathematics and Science Education

Minutes of NMPMSE Meeting

Socorro, NM
2/9/96
Present: Rick Scott, Vicente LLamas, Julie Johnston, Tim Aydelott, Ken Eckelmeyer, Betsy Yost, Dick Metzler, Pat Hess, Bob Sanchez, Ted Greer, Jerry Ebelhart, MG Martinez, Eric Vann, Anne Madsen, Lon Richardson, Teresa Kokoski, Terry Dunbar, Mike Gore, Vanetta Perry, Richard Ortega, Rita Gonzales, Anthony Parra.

1. Introductions: Rick Scott convened the meeting at 1:30 p.m. All participants introduced themselves and their programs.

2. Election of Officers: Rick gave a history of the board and membership of the Partnership. The slate of nominees for the board was presented and ballots distributed. All positions that had nominees were affirmed by the members present. Five remaining positions will be filled at the next meeting.

3. Project Reports:

a. SIMSE- Rick Scott for Mary Finch. Rick Scott reviewed some of the highlights of the 1995 summer workshops. There may be some funding difficulties since the Governor has indicated he will veto Special Projects funding. SIMSE and RE:Learning will each sponsor separate legislation. Students First, a partnership including UCAN, SDE, SIMSE, RE:Learning and others continue to work with the Cobre Schools.

b. AMP- Anthony Parra. NMAMP was funded as of November, 1993, by NSF to significantly increase the number of minorities graduating in engineering. Primary partners include the labs, 2 year colleges and the universities. Approximately $750,000 is allocated to the partners and $250,000 for scholarships. The renovation of five lab including the Physics labs at San Juan College was provided. Recruitment funding has been focused on minorities moving from 2-year to 4-year institutions. Articulation agreements have been developed among the post-secondary partners and has been very successful. Distance learning has been problematic, although upper level SMT courses continue to be offered to junior colleges. As of the 1994-95 academic year, there were 336 graduates, the final goal being 700 by November, 1998.

c. Council on Technology-Rick Scott. Kurt Steinhouse continues as director of the SDE office and Ruth Pino is working with him. There are five vacancies on the Council for the coming year. They have completed a document Roadmap for School Improvement: Part II. (It is available from Kurt Steinhaus, State Department of Education, Education Bldg, Santa Fe 87501)

d. UCAN & NMCRCM- Vicente LLamas. NMCRCM is in it final year of funding and close out all of its activity as of August, 1996. The primary focus is on institutionalization AP-New Mexico and CASM. Legislation separate from Special Projects of the State Board of Education has been sponsored. UCAN-RSI was funded as of October, 1993. The first meeting of its Steering Committee was held February 7. The six coalitions and staff continue to meet every other month for professional development and to assess progress toward the overall initiative goals. Partnerships developed during the developmental and proposal phase are in the process of being implemented and/or redefined.

e. Connections & Informal Science Project-Betsy Yost. The Project Connections proposal will be re-submitted to NSF in the next round in September, 1996. Revisions will be made based on feedback from the readers and changes within New MexicoUs various projects. It was suggested that the replacement unit concept might be strengthened if DOE labs were involved in the curriculum design. It has been determined that a request for a planning grant will be submitted to NSF-Informal Science. The basic focus of the potential proposal will be on developing support for education reform at the local community level and that the support would be advanced to the level of advocacy. Those interested in being part of the planning grant submitted names.

f. SalsaNet-Rick Scott. New software has been installed. The 880 number can be used to access SalsaNet (1-800-624-4940) and to telnet to e-mail. A basic WEB page is up and will eventually include minutes and agendas with additional links.

g. National Association of State Science and Math Coalitions (NASSMC) sent an e-mail message regarding New MexicoUs legislators and their involvement in systemic reform. Joan Donahue suggested that NMPMSE get involved with our congressmen, especially Domenici to influence the direction of funding for Science Education. Recommended cuts could result in a loss of a loss of over $1 billion for 1996-97. Contact with Bingamon may be helpful as one of his staff has been attending some of the Students First meetings. It was suggested that the Partnership provide information stressing how education funds have had positive impact on education in NM. Rick and Vicente will draft a letter to Domenici. The goal will be to focus on the potenttial impact on votes in an election year.

h. MESA-Bobby Sanchez. Information was distributed. Visions is a newsletter for students and parents as well as to funding sources to build support for MESA. NMMESA was established in 1982 through a pilot program and is now the 2nd or 3rd largest pram in the US with over 70 schools involved throughout the state. The Buddies Program continues for the elementary schools where students serves as mentors and teachers to younger students. MESA provides for year round activity and field trips such as the one to Kennedy Center and Epcot. Leadership activity includes trips to the legislature. High parental involvement is associated at most sites. There are now four regions: Southern-Bobby Sanchez, NMSU; Western-Yvonne Zenga, NMSU-Grants; Eastern-Cindy Smith, NMHU; and Central-Max Luna,UNM. The annual budget is $1.2 million with over $600,000 from the state. A homepage has been established (http://nmmesa.nmt.edu).

I. NMMNH-Tim Aydellot. Packets with information concerning all of the educational programs at the museum were distributed. They are adding a topo map as a permanent display and extension of a program last year, RBuild a New World.S Information on this will be distributed directly to schools and there will be a cost to be involved. The museum is a partner in Electronic Bridge, a distance learning project, with UNM, SIMSE, UCAN-RSI and Goals 2000. Satellites that have been placed are a school AND community resource. Reporting through internet, developing a professional develop component, an electronic poster session on their homepage, a listserv for teachers to interact, and a homepage link through APS are all technology related activities that are in place or proposed at this time.

j. LANL-Ted Greer. Information about programs was distributed. Two primary programs include Regional Educational Technical Assistance and the integration of internet use into the classroom. These programs will be folded into Model-Nets which has been explained in the materials distributed. LANL will continue to work on a WEB site in collaboration with other partners. A major concern is to help schools that are lo-tech. Sandia has similar efforts and the contact is Dick Allen.

k. Lockheed-Martin Academy - Anne Madsen. The first 3 week institute was completed in Albuquerque in summer, 1995. Teachers came away with a deeper understanding of math and science and indicated they want to study the chemistry and physics of watersheds in 1996. Each teacher developed a site plan to implement during the academic year. The second cycle of the Academy will be implemented at Western in 1996, the third at Highland in 1997, and the fourth will be at a northern/northwestern site in 1998. l. SDE-Rick Scott for Tricia Valdez. The Math Survey has been completed with at least a 60% response to a single mailing. Volunteer assistance is needed for data entry and analysis. Rick Scott indicated that he has the data from the 1989 survey and could do some data entry as well as analysis.

m. SNL-Ken Eckelmeyer. Science Advisors has grown to include teacher workshops and a resource center that teachers can access directly. Other benefits include the fact that scientists have developed an understanding and advocacy of education. Ken has developed a concept paper concerning the development of a grassroots effort to create a demand for the adoption of hands-on teaching materials. He believes this should be looked at for 1999 which is the next adoption cycle for science. SNL is very committed to being involved in this two pronged approach and this could provide a real focal point for NMPMSE. State, local and business funding should be sought so it will be self-sustaining. Spring Mini-Conference has issued its call for program and is especially interested in alternative assessment.

n. Southwest Comprehensive Center-Vicente LLamas for Paul Martinez. The CCUs have been funded by the Department of Education. The SW Center is housed by NMHU and is actually based in Albuquerque. It serves Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, Colorado, and Nevada. The UCAN-RSI and the SWCC have defined an extensive partnership. One of the center's activities in New Mexico is to facilitate the development os a consolidated plan for federal programs.

4. Other Business

LEGISLATIVE CONCERNS
NMPMSE needs to be proactive with the legislature concerning the partnerships and collaborative efforts underway in New Mexico. This will be initiated after this meeting.

Domenici - letter from this group re Eisenhower and 2000. All send evidence of impact on own programs by next week. (2/16)

ORGANIZATIONAL CONCERNS
In earlier discussion during the reports, it was pointed out that ECS has some funding available for education reform. In the past, they funded the Synergy Project which may be a way to bring legislators into the reform discussion. After a great deal of discussion it was decided that the Partnership would seek funding for the following: math/science workshops; legislative SMET education; half-time person; parent brochure; and planning grant money.

It was moved and seconded that Terry Dunbar contact ECS, Panasonic and other potential funding sources on behalf of NMPMSE to pursue funding for the areas identified, especially a half-time executive director to work on Partnership issues. The motion carried.

5. Next Meeting: The next meeting will be on April 16, at 801 University SE, Albuquerque, from 1:00-4:00 p.m. The agenda will include: an overview of the funding formula for schools as MG Martinez is on the task force to review school funding. election of 5 board members, status of funding for an Executive Director, plan of action for 1999 science textbook adoption.

Betsy Yost (505)454-3544
New Mexico Highlands Univ. FAX (505)454-3005
Columbia Bldg, Suite 119
Las Vegas, N.M. 87701