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13th Annual Conference on Education—
"Teaching K–6 Inquiry Science in Our Schools"

About the Northern New Mexico Inquiry Science Education Consortium

Inquiry-based science programs have proven highly successful for closing student achievement gaps, especially when partnered with teaching literacy and mathematics. In fall 2010, the LANL Foundation launched the Northern New Mexico Inquiry Science Education Consortium (ISEC) as a regional program to improve performance of high-need students in grades K–6. Four school districts (Española, Mesa Vista, Peñasco, and Santa Fe) have joined the Consortium for the 2010–2011 school year, each making a five-year commitment to bring inquiry science instruction to all K–6 classrooms in their districts. Additional Northern New Mexico school districts will be invited to join the Consortium in subsequent years with the goal of providing inquiry science instruction to the whole region.

About the Conference

The LANL Foundation’s 13th Annual Conference on Education, “Teaching K–6 Inquiry Science in Our Schools,” was held on October 11, 2010 from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm at the Buffalo Thunder Resort and Conference Center, located 15 minutes north of Santa Fe in Pojoaque, NM.

This informative event explored the advantages of hands-on inquiry supported by literacy strategies versus a text-only approach to science instruction. Presentations will emphasize strategies related to the science-literacy connection—the application of writing in science through science notebooks, language-acquisition strategies for English learners and diverse populations, and the importance of class discussions.

The LANL Foundation’s Conference on Education brought together K–6 teachers and schools, parents, higher education institutions, nonprofit organizations, local businesses, national laboratories, Pueblo/Tribal communities, and government agencies.


  • Dr. Kenneth Wesson, expert in the neuro-science of learning and methods for creating classrooms and learning environments that are “brain-considerate”.
  • Dr. Michael Klentschy, former Superintendent of El Centro School District in California, author, and researcher studying longitudinal effects of inquiry-based science education on language and minority populations.

Read bios for Breakout Session Speakers:
LANL Foundation ISEC Staff
Science Literacy Coaches (SLCs)
Science Education Kit Publishers

View Conference Agenda.

Download Breakout Session Plan.

The 13th Annual Conference on Education will explore the advantages of hands-on inquiry supported by literacy strategies.

Dr. Kenneth Wesson
Dr. Michael Klentschy

Conference Agenda
Breakout Session Plan (pdf)
arrowISEC Staff
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arrowScience Kit Publishers
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