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NCSE Evolution and Climate Education Update for 2017/11/17

(by NCSE Deputy Director Glenn Branch)

Dear friends of NCSE,

Congratulations to Bertha Vazquez and the whole state of New Mexico.


NCSE is pleased to congratulate Bertha Vazquez on receiving the
Evolution Education Award for 2017 from the National Association of
Biology Teachers. Vazquez received the award at the NABT's recent
conference in St. Louis, Missouri.

The NABT award, sponsored by BEACON and BSCS, "recognizes innovative
classroom teachers and their efforts to promote the accurate
understanding of biological evolution with the larger community."

A member of NCSE and a guest contributor to NCSE's blog (see, e.g.,
her "Sharing the Passion for Evolution Education"), Vazquez teaches at
G. W. Carver Middle School in Miami. and directs the Richard Dawkins
Foundation's Teacher Institute for Evolutionary Science.

For information about NABT's awards, visit: 

For Vazquez's "Sharing the Passion for Evolution Education," visit: 

And for the Teacher Institute for Evolutionary Science, visit: 


New Mexico is now officially the nineteenth state to have adopted the
Next Generation Science Standards. On November 14, 2017, the New
Mexico Register (containing the state's administrative rules) was
updated to specify that the NGSS, along with six New-Mexico-specific
additions, would be the New Mexico STEM-ready science standards.

As NCSE previously reported, New Mexico was embroiled in controversy
after the Public Education Department proposed the adoption of a set
of standards modeled on the performance expectations of the NGSS, but
revised to weaken their treatment of evolution, climate change, and
the age of the earth.

The proposal was generally unpopular, with scientific, educational,
environmental, business, and faith groups across the state expressing
their opposition. Ultimately, the Public Education Department
capitulated, expressing its intention to adopt the NGSS in their
entirety with the addition of the six New-Mexico-specific standards.

With the publication of the new rules, that intention was fulfilled.
In adopting the NGSS, New Mexico joins Arkansas, California,
Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky,
Maryland, Michigan, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Oregon, Rhode
Island, Vermont, and Washington, as well as the District of Columbia.

For the entry in the New Mexico Register, visit: 

And for NCSE's previous coverage of events in New Mexico, visit: 


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Glenn Branch
Deputy Director
National Center for Science Education, Inc.
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Oakland CA 94612-2922
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