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NMSI's Colorado Schools Rocking!

Great article on the progress of our National Math and Science Initiative program for schools with a large number of students from military families. Those 3 schools in Colorado account for just 1% of the total high schools in the state but over 19% of the increase in math, science and English AP passing! We are rockin' it in the Rockies!  "Widefield High School, Mesa Ridge High School, and Fountain-Fort Carson High School represent just more than 1 percent of the schools in Colorado giving AP exams, yet they accounted ...

Pike High School named Best in State for Verizon Innovative App Challenge!

One of NMSI's AP schools in Indiana, Pike High School, has been named Best in State for the 2013 Verizon Innovative App Challenge!  The Verizon Innovative App Challenge provides the opportunity for middle school and high school students, working with a faculty advisor, to use their STEM knowledge, their ingenuity, and their creativity to come up with an original mobile app concept that incorporates STEM and addresses a need or problem in their school or community. The goal of the Challenge is to provide an engaging and empowering learning experience to ...

Driving Change with Next Generation Science Standards

National Math and Science Initiative teacher training components for middle school science went through a radical re-design this past year taking into account Common Core and Next Generation Science standards.  Below is a brief update from Brian Graves, NMSI Science Director, on where we are and the philosophy behind these changes. It creates a NGSS teacher training component today that will continue to be the focus for our schools who are creating a pipeline of science students for the new AP science tests.  The big thing to understand is that our ...

New AP Biology - how's it goin'

We started asking our many AP biology teachers out there - how's it goin'? We are at the midpoint of the first year of the NEW AP biology course and there is some concern that this is going to be a very challenging year for students and teachers.  Overall, favorable comments on using math (we love this from a Common Core perspective) but because the course is new, it does not appear that teachers have the time to really go deep. Once they get used to the new course, ...

AP Results!

Earlier today, our friends at The College Board released their much-awaited annual Advanced Placement Report to the Nation, an overview of our country’s progress toward expanded access to rigorous AP classes.  Here’s the good news: this year’s report highlights the progress being made toward ensuring that all students with “AP Potential” are able to enroll in courses, regardless of their race, socioeconomic status or where they live. NMSI is very proud to be featured for our hard work to help level the playing field in AP classrooms across the ...

Common Core for Higher Ed

Next month the National Math and Science teacher training team will be heading to Tennessee to work with college of education faculty on imbedding common core into teacher preparation.  This is a first as far as we know and a great collaboration between the Tennessee HIgher Education Commission (THEC), Lipscomb University and NMSI. Tennessee has been incredible in their work to prepare for common core implementation and we are very excited to be a part of it. We are also working with a district to train their curriculum directors ...

Common Core - shining the harsh light

First Kentucky and now Georgia.  States are starting to provide data on assessments that are more closely aligned to common core state standards and the results indicate that we might finally stop lying to students and be truthful about where they are on college readiness.  For years we have told students they are proficient when in reality we just kept lowering the cut score to be proficient.  Kentucky gave their version of the test and less than half are proficient and now edweek reports the same thing happened on math ...

Teaching Careers - find the right position

I had a great call with Alicia Herald from myEDmatch about her site and what they are going to accomplish in teaching. NMSI is busy replicating the UTeach program that recruits math and science majors to become teachers.  One of the things we wanted to do was to make sure that those teachers went to the schools that best suited their needs and myEDmatch can really help our teachers find the right school.  She sent me the below on her site:  "myEDmatch is a new matchmaking employment website that brings together ...

Engineers want to thank a teacher

Nominations are now open for teachers to be considered for National Engineers Week Foundation's DiscoverE Educator Recognition Program. Nominations will be accepted through March 8, 2013, and winners will be announced in April. Up to three winners will each receive a trip to Washington, D.C. for recognition in June 2013, a $2,000 cash prize, 3M digital projector and 3M gift pack of classroom supplies. Their engineer/student nominators will also receive the trip to Washington, D.C. Teacher nominees must be full-time U.S. or international school-based educators teaching in grades 6-12 and they ...

Engineering = Earnings

And the winner is.........ENGINEERING! The National Association of Colleges and Employers released their salary survey for the class of 2012 and the results are not surprising - Engineering tops the list of salaries but Teaching showed the greatest increase over 2012 (the two categories where NMSI focuses) Engineering - $61,913 up 3.9%  Computer Science - $59,221 up 3.8%  Business - $53,000 up 4.2%  Health Sciences - $49,196 up 3.9% Communications - $43,717 up 4.1% ...

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