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) 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. Pojoaque joined in 2011. Dulce and Springer have joined for 2012. In 2013 ISEC expanded to include six middle schools. 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.
Teachers receive ongoing professional development with the inquiry materials and methods of instruction. They are also supported in class by Science Literacy Coaches (SLCs) who teach model lessons, observe lessons and provide feedback, meet with individuals and groups of teachers, and assist in data collection for the on-going ISEC evaluation.
For additional information the ISEC website is http://www.lanlfoundation.org/inquiry-science/index.html.