Coalition for Excellence in Science and Math Education
3Feb/21Off

January 2021 Beacon: Calculating NM At-Risk Funding with the CESE Method

The January 2021 Beacon (XXIII, No. 1) is now available! This issue has a president's message from Lisa Durkin, a major article by Kim Johnson on on "A New Way to Calculate NM At-Risk Funding Using the CESE Method: Introducing the Opportunity and Equity Index," and a toon by Thomas.

Read the whole account here.

January 2021 Beacon

From Lisa Durkin's introduction to Kim Johnson's article, "It represents the culmination of over 20 years of analytic inquiry into the elements that predict student outcomes, it builds an index of school remediation needs, and it provides an avenue to change the dynamics that plague our state as indicated by the Martinez-Yazzie lawsuit." The article itself explains "The Method offers the potential to identify those schools that are both significantly outperforming and underperforming expectations using a predictive procedure that accounts for schools’ student demographics. As it turns out, this same performance predictive method can be used to identify schools both by name and their degree of “risk” as explained by those demographic factors associated with New Mexico’s educational achievement gap that manifests from kindergarten through 12th grade."

This issue of the Beacon, along with every other issue, can be found on CESE's Beacon Page.

17Sep/20Off

CESE Annual Meeting Videos On-Line

The CESE 2020 Annual meeting took place on Saturday, June 27th. A video of the Business Meeting, which included election of this year's officers, can be seen here.

The keynote featured Mark Boslough, Ph.D., a research professor at the University of New Mexico, and physicist with Los Alamos National Laboratory. In "The Importance of Astronomical Drama," Mark discussed how meteors and comets impact society. The video of Mark's talk and the following Question and Answer period is here, as it was seen live on YouTube. The Q&A part of Mark's talk was also hosted on Zoom, and includes the same questions, along with videos of the CESE members themselves. The Q&A Zoom video can be seen here.

Congrats to the 2020-2021 Officers: President Lisa Durkin, Vice-President/President Elect Jesse Johnson, Secretary Dave Thomas, and Treasurer Steve Brugge.

21Jun/20Off

2020 Annual Meeting: Dr. Mark Boslough on “The Importance of Astronomical Drama”

The New Mexico Coalition for Science and Math Education is pleased to announce that our 2020 annual meeting will feature Mark Boslough, Ph.D., a research professor at University of New Mexico, and physicist with Los Alamos National Laboratory. Mark will be speaking on "The Importance of Astronomical Drama", and will discuss how meteors and comets impact society, with examples from his own life, from history, and from pre-history. Perhaps you've seen Mark discussing impact science on television shows like NOVA on PBS. Join us on live on YouTube, Saturday, June 27th, 1:30 - 3:00 pm. There will be a CESE membership meeting prior to Mark's talk, email Kim Johnson for the details.

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19May/20Off

May 2020 Beacon: Annual Meeting Announced

The May 2020 Beacon (XXII, No. 2) is now available! This issue has a president's message on "Teaching and Learning Online in a New COVID-19 World," an article on Distance Learning challenges for teachers and students, and a toon by Thomas.

Read the whole account here.

Mark Boslough in Africa, looking for the famed Libyan Desert Glass. Used by Tutankhamun's artisans, it was forged by a meteor's atmospheric plunge.

This issue also announces our Annual Meeting. The New Mexico Coalition for Science and Math Education is pleased to announce that our 2020 annual meeting will feature Mark Boslough, Ph.D., a research professor at University of New Mexico, and physicist with Los Alamos National Laboratory. Mark will be speaking on "The Importance of Astronomical Drama", and will discuss how meteors and comets impact society, with examples from his own life, from history, and from pre-history. Perhaps you've seen Mark discussing impact science on television shows like NOVA on PBS. Join us on live on YouTube, Sat., June 27th, 1:30 - 3:00 pm.

This issue of the Beacon, along with every other issue, can be found on CESE's Beacon Page.

5Feb/20Off

February 2020 Beacon: Letter from a Teacher in the Trenches

The February 2020 Beacon (XXII, No. 1) is now available! This special issue is devoted to one topic, "A Day At School in New Mexico." What it is like to be a teacher these days? We received this article from a New Mexico teacher; someone in the trenches. This science teacher offers a rare and candid glimpse into the experience. By most accounts, this is not atypical. Other K-12 teachers report similar classroom and school-wide frustrations, obstacles, and yes, joy and satisfaction.

Read the whole account here.


This issue of the Beacon, along with every other issue, can be found on CESE's Beacon Page.

22Sep/19Off

Election of New Board at June’s Annual Meeting

CESE elected a new slate of officers at its 2019 Annual Meeting on Saturday, June 1st, 2019.  The 2019-2020 CESE Board now consists of president Lisa Durkin, treasurer Steve Brugge, secretary Dave Thomas, and past president Ken Whiton. The complete board and members at large are presented on this page,

After the brief business meeting, Secretary of Education Dr. Karen Trujillo spoke on "A Shared Vision of Student Opportunities for Success in New Mexico." Dr. Trujillo's talk covered a wide range of concerns, and was well received.

Members of the audience followed the lecture with interest.
Secretary Trujillo gave a relaxed, engaging presentation,
After the talk, a lively question and answer period follows, Here, Ellen Bernstein follows up on some points brought up in the presentation.
Board members and Secretary Trujillo attended a dinner at El Pinto following the meeting.

CESE thanks Dr. Karen Trujillo for an informative talk.

23May/19Off

CESE Annual Meeting to feature Dr. Karen Trujillo, Secretary of Education

Save the date! On June 1st, 2019 from 1:30 to 4:30, CESE will hold its 23rd annual meeting. The keynote speaker is Karen Trujillo, Ph.D., New Mexico's new Secretary of Education. The topic of her talk is: "A Shared Vision of Student Opportunities for Success in New Mexico". The meeting will be held at the Anthropology Lecture Hall, Room 163 at the Maxwell Museum on the University of New Mexico. See you there!

10May/19Off

CESE’s Graduation Rate Analysis

Graduation rates have been touted as one of the indicators that the previous eight years of New Mexico education “reforms” have been working.  But, when taking a closer look at the actual data, this is really not so clear.  The following short briefing by M. Kim Johnson addresses the veracity of increasing graduation rates compared to student performance on standardized tests.

10May/19Off

The May 2019 CESE Beacon has been published!


The May 2019 Beacon (XXI, No. 2) is now available! It includes a President’s Message, Legislative Session Summary, Science Fair Winners, In Memoriam, and a Toon from Thomas.

President Ken Whiton writes "The 2019 Annual Meeting of The Coalition For Excellence In Science And Math Education will be held Saturday, June 1st. As in the past several years, we will be meeting in the Anthropology Lecture Hall, Room 163 in the Maxwell Museum on the University of New Mexico campus. We are pleased to announce that this year’s speaker will be Dr. Karen Trujillo, Secretary of Public Education for New Mexico. Dr. Trujillo has chosen as her topic, “A Shared Vision of Student Opportunities for Success in New Mexico."

The 2019 Legislative Session Summary: Education Bills with Significant Impact
It was a busy legislative session. Governor Lujan Grisham signed 282 bills (according to KOAT TV in Albuquerque). Of these, 61 (22%) involve the Public Education Department (PED) or affect K-12 education. Thirty-one bills that involve higher education (11%) and 48 (17%) affect children, state retirement, and professional certifications. These do not include all the bills that may have a peripheral or minimal impact or those bills that are annually connected, such as the budget bill. Read the full article.

This issue of the Beacon, along with every other issue, can be found on CESE's Beacon Page.

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31Jan/19Off

The January Beacon is Here!

The latest issue of the CESE Beacon, for January 2019, has arrived!

President Ken Whiton writes "This issue of The Beacon features the work of three insightful authors, all teachers. Confused by PARCC, EOCs, Common Core and NGSS? Then Lisa Durkin's ’s article, “Disentangling Test Talk,” is a must-read. Anyone wanting to improve education in New Mexico should read this issue's article by Jessica Apgar and Jesse Chenven, “Beyond More Money: How to Support and Retain Quality Teachers in NM.” In this article, you will learn where we have progressed, where our system has failed our students, parents and educators, and how to find a path forward."

This issue of the Beacon, along with every other issue, can be found on the CESE Beacon Page.