The Math and Science Advisory Council (MSAC) is a state-appointed group that supports the New Mexico Public Education Department by making recommendations for improving mathematics and science education in New Mexico. Part of the MSAC role is creating a statewide strategic plan, as shown above. Aligning the efforts of diverse educational entities and groups across the state around shared goals and methods will help build momentum and pulling together to achieve equitable and excellent STEAM education.
To view the MSAC annual reports, meeting minutes, and learn more about the council member appointment process, visit the MSAC page on the NM Public Education Department website, linked below.
Background on the MSAC:
"Per Senate Bill 552 passed during the 2007 legislative session, “The Math and Science Education Act” was passed. The Act created in statute [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 appointed by the Secretary of Education for staggered terms of four years." —via the Math & Science Advisory Council
Stanford educator and researcher Dr. Jo Boaler recently released "We’re in this together: Supporting High Quality Math Teaching in Uncertain Times"— a report created in collaboration with educators from the Canadian organization Knowledgehook. The team then transformed the report into a short & easily-digestible booklet, with advice on ways to teach during COVID. It is so great.
The digital & engaging format provides "a narrative on research-based best practices across four categories" each distilled to core recommendations. These categories are:
One of the things I appreciate most about this resource is that it directly evidences Dr. Boaler's mission on YouCubed— to transform education research into practical & accessible forms for teachers.
Contributors include the Northern NM STEAM Team, local educators, & advocates