Education Policy & Advocacy

At Innovate+Educate, we are focused on addressing the critical gaps the U.S. is facing in job readiness, including gaps in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math). We strongly believe that America’s future depends on its ability to prepare our workforce to succeed in the 21st century and be a vital part of an innovative economy.  By advancing the most effective models and practices, our education and workforce reform efforts promote education to employment pathways for the future vitality of the U.S. economy.

2014 CenturyLink Teachers & Technology Grant Winners

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Innovate+Educate, partnering with CenturyLink, is proud once again to administer the CenturyLink Clarke M. Williams Teachers and Technology Grant Program. The Grant is a competitive grant open to New Mexico public and private school teachers. The program, administered by Innovate+Educate aims to improve K-12 education by:

1. Recognizing teachers who find innovative ways to integrate technology into their curriculum and teaching practices to improve student achievement

2. Raising awareness of how teachers find creative ways to use technology to improve learning

3. Modeling best practices of technology integration and application

The CenturyLink Clarke M. Williams Teachers and Technology Grant Program is now closed. The 2014 Grant was awarded to twelve teachers from around the state of New Mexico.  CenturyLink and Innovate+Educate would like to congratulate the winners and thank everyone who applied. The 2014 winners are:

Crystal Benefield                                           Clovis High School

Amy Chase                                                   Mountain Mahogany Community School

Susan Clark                                                  Tombaugh Elementary School

Megan Garrigan                                           Vista Grande Elementary School

Mary Sue Laurel-Garwood                             East San Jose Elementary School

Elizabeth Lawrence                                      Gallup Middle School

Jennifer Mora                                              Jornada Elementary School

Suzy Palmer                                                Marie Hughes Elementary School

Richard Pitman                                            Santa Fe High School

JoDee Sanders                                            Katherine Gallegos Elementary School

Patti Shaffer                                                CV Koogler Middle School

Susan Swope                                              Red Mountain Middle School


Our Education Partners include:

Kern Family Foundation

To work in the 21st Century, students need to be better prepared for the higher educational demands of life and work.  Innovate+Educate, through a Grant from The Kern Family Foundation, is working to advance the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Test for Schools; a voluntary school-level international benchmarking assessment that measures reading, math and science knowledge and skills of 15-year olds, as well as key competencies such as critical thinking and problem solving. Business, civic leaders and parents expect a world-class education for their students and future leaders in order to fully contribute in a global society. The OECD Test for Schools can assist education and business leaders in identifying performance and skills gaps, determine where curriculum change is relevant and drive policy change to advance U.S. competitiveness.


Innovate+Educate is proud to be a member of the national coalition of STEM states STEMx. Founded by Battelle, STEMx brings together state-level STEM networks leading STEM initiatives across the country. Through STEMx, we work with partner states to develop valuable tools to help advance STEM teaching and learning, professional development, network planning, community engagement and advocacy and policy development.

Intel Teach

Innovate+Educate is advancing 21st century learning concepts by partnering with Intel® Teach.  Intel Teach helps K–12 teachers of all subjects learn to engage students with digital learning, including digital content, Web 2.0, social networking, and online tools and resources. Intel Teach professional development empowers teachers to integrate technology effectively into their existing curriculum, focusing on their students’ problem solving, critical thinking, and collaboration, all skills required in the new work world. For more information on Intel Teach, Contact

STEM & Workforce Consulting with States

Innovate+Educate works with States on STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) and Workforce Policies including common core and career readiness.  In 2013, Innovate+Educate was recruited by Utah to help craft a proposal to elevate student achievement and develop Utah's workforce of the future. In collaboration with the private sector, public education and higher education, a STEM Action Center was proposed, designed to develop Utah's workforce of the future, and the Utah State Legislature unanimously approved a $10 million investment House Bill 0139.  Stan Lockhart, a key Utah STEM advocate said, "We couldn't have done this without Innovate+Educate. They continue to be a thought partner with Utah with a vision to lead the nation in STEM strategies."

Innovate+Educate also serves as the Chair of the Education Committee of the New Mexico Technology Council, advocating for public-private partnerships between education leaders and technology companies to improve career readiness.  We also work with tech partners including CenturyLink, Intel, and IBM to drive education policy that will support education to employment pathways for the high tech industry. 

Innovate+Educate works with the State of New Mexico Department of Public Education, Department of Labor, and the State Legislature to advance college and career readiness, including digital policy advancing blending learning and online education.

Mobilizing STEM Education for a Sustainable Future

Innovate+Educate is part of a five state consortium (Maine, California, Colorado, Maryland, New Mexico) to forge stronger connections between undergraduate STEM education and the Big Question of global sustainability. Given the influence of state-level policies and regulations on public higher education, the governments (and their agencies) in these 5 states are poised to play a major role in the transformation of undergraduate STEM education.

New Mexico STEM Collective Impact Partnership

As a core member of the NM STEM Collective Impact Partnership, I+E helped lead a statewide STEM Action Planning Summit in November 2012.  The summit brought together STEM stakeholders and experts for the purpose of developing a plan to advance STEM education in New Mexico.  The summit resulted in an action plan focusing on three areas: teacher preparation and professional development, the STEM classroom, and STEM students in college.  With our partners from government, industry and business, K-12 education, higher education and nonprofit groups, I+E continues to lead plan implementation.

New Mexico Public Education Department Math and Science Advisory Council

I+E sits on the New Mexico Math and Science Advisory Council which was established in statute with the purpose of advancing excellence in STEM education.  Members are appointed by the Secretary of the Public Education Department and are currently focused on considering the adoption and implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards.