A partnership for STEM teacher education is being launched in Santa Fe, New Mexico, to introduce teachers to the best practices in STEM instruction.
The partnership is between Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Math and Science Academy, the Pojoaque Valley School District, and New Mexico Highlands University.
“We see it as important from the Laboratory’s perspective to develop the workforce of the future, really for the region as a whole,” said Kathy Keith, director of the Laboratory’s Community Partnerships Office. “These skills are increasingly important.”
The three organizations will work together this year to address challenges of teaching STEM to middle school and elementary students. The program will begin next year with approximately 25 education majors and teachers as participants.
A better understanding of math concepts is a key goal according to Math and Science Academy education specialist Lorenzo Gonzales.
“Mathematics is the language of science,” Gonzales said. “Without the mathematics, there is no science.”