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    Math and Science Advisory Council
    Annual Report | Cover Letter

    The NMPED Math and Science Bureau works to ensure the Mathematics and Science Education Act is implemented in New Mexico public schools by:

    • Promoting partnerships among public schools, higher education institutions, government business and educational and community organizations to improve the mathematics and science education in the state

    • Working with the Math and Science Advisory Council(MSAC) to develop a statewide strategic plan for mathematics and science education in the public schools and coordinate education activities with other state agencies, federal government, business consortia and public or private organizations

    • Developing and evaluating curricula, instructional programs and professional development programs in mathematics and science aligned with state academic content and performance standards
    • Assessing the outcomes of efforts to improve mathematics and science education using existing data


    Lesley Galyas                                         
    Math and Science Director

    Claudia Ahlstrom
    Math Specialist

    Marcia Barton
    STEM Professional Development Specialist

    Per Senate Bill 552 passed during the 2007 legislative session, “The Math and Science Education Act” was passed.  The Act created in state [22-15E-1 NMSA 1978] the Math and Science Bureau in the Public Education Department and a statewide Math and Science Advisory Council (MSAC). The MSAC is composed of twelve members and shall be appointed by the Secretary of Education for staggered terms of four years.  Using a statewide application process, the secretary shall appoint members from throughout the state to ensure representation of the state’s demographics, including geographic distribution, gender and ethnic diversity as follows:

    • Four members from public schools (2 Mathematics and Science teachers + a school district administrator with Math and Science Curricula experience);
    • Three members from public post-secondary educational institutions with expertise in Mathematics or Science education;
    • Four members from the private sector, including the national laboratories, museums and science-and-engineering-based businesses; and
    • One member who represents the New Mexico Partnership for Mathematics and Science Education.

    The council shall meet quarterly. 

    The purpose of the council is to advise the Math and Science Bureau:

    • make recommendations regarding the statewide strategic plan for improving mathematics and science education;
    • advise the bureau , the PED and the legislature regarding appropriations for math and science education, administration, resources and serves, including programs for students and staff;
    • work with the bureau to determining the need for improvement in math and science achievement of public school students and make recommendations to the department on how to meet these needs

    In 2006-2007, the Math and Science Advisory Committee, the precursor to the MSAC, developed a Strategic Action Plan for Advancing Math and Science Education in New Mexico, entitled New Mexico Project 2012.

    September 11, 2014 - Math and Science Advisory Council Meeting (MSAC)

    July 31, 2014 - Math and Science Advisory Council Meeting (MSAC)

    March 6, 2014 - Math and Science Advisory Council Meeting (MSAC) | Minutes

    January 9, 2014 - Math and Science Advisory Council Meeting (MSAC) | Minutes

    November 12, 2013 - Math and Science Advisory Council Meeting (MSAC) | Minutes

    October 1, 2013 - Math and Science Advisory Council Meeting (MSAC) | Minutes

    September 6, 2013 - Math and Science Advisory Council Meeting (MSAC) | Minutes

    2011-2012 Math and Science Advisory Council Annual Report   

    MSAC Meeting Minutes, August 29, 2013

     Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) is the highest recognition that a kindergarten through 12th-grade mathematics or science teacher may receive for outstanding teaching in the United States. Awardees serve as models for their colleagues, inspiration to their communities, and leaders in the improvement of mathematics and science education. Since 1983, more than 4,100 teachers have been recognized for their contributions to mathematics and science education. Up to 108 teachers are recognized each year. Presidential Awardees receive a citation signed by the President of the United States, a trip for two to Washington, D.C., to attend a series of recognition events and professional development opportunities, and a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation.

    The 2014 Awards will honor mathematics and science (including computer science) teachers working in grades K-6.   Nominations close on April 1, 2014.


    Applications must be completed by May 1, 2014.

    The National Science Foundation administers
    Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST)
    on behalf of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy

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