Bringing NM STEM Ready! Standards Outdoors through NGSS Trainings Go Online

A FREE virtual multi-day workshop for classroom teachers and non-formal educators to introduce the NM STEM Ready! Standards (New Mexico’s new science standards adopted in the 2018–2019 school year) through nature-based activities and programming, offered by Environmental Education of New Mexico in partnership with NM EPSCoR and the USDA Forest Service. In these times of social distancing, you can connect with other educators and teachers around the state to deepen understanding of how to address NM STEM Ready! Standards through your teaching practice. Over four days, participants will engage in 90 minutes of daily synchronous online activities with additional daily independent learning. 


Participants will gain familiarity with  NM STEM Ready! Standards, which include the Next Generation Science Standards, and will learn about curriculum resources that can be used in the classroom, schoolyard, and on field trips to local forests and other natural areas. 


Who: Seeking classroom teachers and non-formal educators interested in gaining hands-on experience with the NM STEM Ready! Science Standards using nature-based curriculum.

To be added to the waiting list for either training, please visit

Training Opportunity # 1: Monday, June 15th through Thursday, June 18th (online sessions will be from 3:00–-4:30 daily and there will be additional independent learning daily) THIS TRAINING IS FULL.

Training Opportunity # 2: Monday, June 29th through Thursday July 2nd (online sessions will be from 10:00– 11:30 daily and there will be additional independent learning daily) THIS TRAINING IS FULL.


Where: Online via Zoom video conferencing. Registration is free, and the workshop is limited to 20 participants.


After completing the training, participants will have: 

1) A basic understanding of the NM STEM Ready! Science Standards including how to use the Next Generation Science Standards framework


2) Knowledge and skills for implementing NM STEM Ready! Standards through nature-based activities in the classroom, schoolyard, and local forests


3) A new understanding for the innovations in Next Generation Science Standards, including opportunities for instructional shifts


Your facilitation team:


Marcia Barton has been involved in formal and informal education involving environmental issues for over 30 years. She spent 13 years as a high school science teacher in Santa Fe, New Mexico. During that time, she taught Environmental Science and AP Environmental Science; she has also taught Botany, Biology and Chemistry. Early in her career, Barton worked as the recycling education outreach coordinator for the Ecology Center in Ann Arbor, went on to learn organic farming, and co-founded the Community Farm of Ann Arbor. Most recently, Barton worked for the New Mexico Public Education Department’s Math and Science Bureau as the STEM Teacher Professional Development Specialist.

Selena Connealy is the Education and Outreach Manager for the New Mexico EPSCoR State Office. In that role, she is responsible for workforce development and external engagement activities which include faculty training, undergraduate and graduate student programs, and public outreach. STEM education equity is her passion and she advocates for systemic solutions to engage all students in STEM in both formal and informal learning environments. In addition to this current effort to build statewide capacity for the NM STEM Ready! Standards, she has collaborated with EENM on a number of additional projects. Connealy earned a PhD in curriculum and instruction from Texas Tech University.

Eileen Everett is the Executive Director for Environmental Education of NM and has worked as an environmental educator having personally taught over 25,000 New Mexican students around the state through mostly outdoor, multi-day programs. She deeply values an abundance mindset, education designed for all students, and a more equitable and inclusive world. Eileen has strong nonprofit experience, having worked in the social sector for over 15 years and serves as an Associate Facilitator for the Santa Fe Community Foundation’s Emerging Social Sector Leaders Program. 


Thank you to the U.S. Forest Service – Southwestern Region for their generous support and partnership in offering these trainings!