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Doris Rivera,
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Bryan Maestas, Science Resource Center Coordinator
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Northern New Mexico Inquiry Science Education Consortium (ISEC)

The Inquiry Science Education Consortium is a collective of public schools in northern New Mexico that is organized by the LANL Foundation with the intention of improving STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education for elementary students.

Inquiry-based science programs across the nation have proven highly successful for closing student achievement gaps, particularly because they integrate the teaching of literacy and mathematics.

In fall 2010, the LANL Foundation launched the Northern New Mexico Inquiry Science Education Consortium (ISEC) as a regional program designed to improve performance of high-need students in grades K–6.

Initially, four school districts (Española, Mesa Vista, Peñasco, and Santa Fe) joined the Consortium during the 2010–2011 school year, each making a five-year commitment to bring inquiry science instruction to all K–6 classrooms in their districts.

Since then, ISEC has grown to include 29 schools across 6 school districts: Española, Dulce, Pojoaque, Mesa Vista, Peñasco and Santa Fe. ISEC uses a student-centered,  multidimensional approach to STEM instruction and learning that is experiential, involves problem-solving, research, reasoning, writing, drawing and data collection and emphasizes “meaning making”, a process of critical thinking and discussion that allows for deeper comprehension of scientific concepts. Most importantly, the approach hinges on processes that include positive, active communication and relating to others.

The program is organized around three essential components: professional development, materials support, and quality, research-based curriculum.

In addition to funding from the LANL Foundation, ISEC has received funding from Los Alamos National Security (LANS) and the United States Department of Education.


Inquiry science programs are highly successful for closing student achievement gaps, especially when integrating literacy and math.

ISEC Evaluation Report:
   program raises scores in
   science literacy & math

What is inquiry STEM

Smithsonian Science
   Education Center

2016 Summer Teachers' Institute for New Module Training (for ALL current & new ISEC teachers)
Session 1: June 6-9 or
Session 2: August 1-4
Register by April 30

Job Opening: ISEC Professional Development Specialist. Applications due Apr 1. View details and how to apply.

Read the latest issue of
The Query: ISEC Newsletter

NEW Teacher Professional Development Opportunities from the ISEC Instructional Team

See highlights from the Conference on Education "The Joy of Teaching & Learning" October 16, 2015

Something Missing from Your Kit? Email the friendly staff at the Science Resource Center at kits@lanlfoundation.org with the following information:
* Name of school,
* Teachers name
* Kit title
* Description/
quantity of missing item

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