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Book Review: The Prize – Who's in Charge of America's Schools?

The Prize: Who’s in Charge of America’s Schools?, by Washington Post reporter Dale Russakoff, has become one of the year’s most discussed books on education. Russakoff examines the efforts to reform Newark Public Schools through a public-private partnership led by Newark Mayor Cory Booker, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.  We asked NMSI English director Michelle Stie and AP English content specialist Aubrey Ludwig for their reactions to The Prize.    Why did the reformers, led by Booker, Christie and Zuckerberg, believe that Newark could be a national ...

Finding Inspiration in the Nobel Laureates

What do television sets, DNA sequencing and “The Jungle Book” have in common? They are all the end products of the work of Nobel Prize winners. This week, a new cohort of laureates have been honored in the areas of Physiology or Medicine, Physics, Chemistry and Literature, with awards for Peace and Economics still to be announced. Each of the award recipients receives a gold medal, a diploma and a cash prize. The real honor, however, is the induction into a very exclusive group of people who represent the ...

Changing the Odds in the Classroom

The Momentous Institute hosted its 2015 Changing the Odds Conference in Dallas, TX last week. We asked NMSI English Director Michelle Stie to share her experience with us. The theme of this year’s conference was “Chaos to Connection,” and its purpose was to bring together educators and mental health professionals to consider how to help motivate, nurture, and build relationships with students in order to impact learning. Best-selling author Daniel Pink opened the conference with a discussion about motivation and performance, specifically as it relates to the classroom. Referring to ...

In Case You Missed It: NMSI on Think It Up

Last Friday night, four major TV networks aired a star-studded telecast to launch Think It Up — a new education initiative spearheaded by the Entertainment Industry Foundation designed to inspire a new energy throughout American culture about education and the power of learning.   The broadcast shined a spotlight on several schools and educational programs that are having a positive impact in today’s classrooms, including NMSI’s partnership with IDEA Public Schools through our College Readiness Program. IDEA San Benito, featured in one of five videos that peppered the telecast, is one ...

NMSI PARTNER IDEA PUBLIC SCHOOLS TO BE FEATURED ON NATIONAL EDUCATION TELECAST

  NMSI PARTNER IDEA PUBLIC SCHOOLS TO BE FEATURED ON NATIONAL EDUCATION TELECAST   Tune In To the Think It Up Telecast Event on September 11 on ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC at 7 pm CT RIO GRANDE VALLEY –IDEA College Prep San Benito, part of the IDEA Public Schools network, and a partner of the National Math and Science Initiative’s (NMSI) College Readiness Program, has been selected to be featured on Think It Up, an hour-long telecast special that will be simultaneously broadcasted live on all four major networks on September 11 ...

NMSI CEO on Building the Workforce of the Future

In a recent article in The Digitalist Magazine, Shelly Dutton explains that success in today’s global, knowledge-based economy requires innovation that is quick, creative, and productive — and that to achieve this state, businesses need to acquire diverse skills and backgrounds. But first, the emerging workforce must access quality education that can help them build a skill set relevant to this highly digital world. “Fewer educated people, especially in STEM fields, will drive up labor costs by dramatically increasing competition for STEM-proficient workers and will further widen the opportunity gap ...

Pop Goes the Research Paper

Here at NMSI we strive to find ways to improve teaching and learning every day. Today Justin Conn, an english teacher in California, shares some ideas on how to make research papers more appealing, and relevant, to students. I am a wholly unapologetic consumer of popular culture. I read anything I can get my hands on – from The Atlantic to People, from Salon to US Weekly. My passion for pop culture lies not in the schadenfreude that often drives fascination with celebrities, but a curiosity at how the popular narrative of the ...

Matthew Randazzo Named CEO of National Math + Science Initiative

"Matthew is an exceptional leader who has already established an ambitious and exciting vision for NMSI’s future,” said Tom Luce, NMSI board chair and founding CEO. "In this pivotal time for our organization, he brings a track record in driving growth and cultivating partnerships, combined with deep expertise and knowledge of today’s education landscape. We are unanimous in our confidence that Matthew will guide NMSI successfully into its next phase of growth.” Randazzo joined NMSI in September 2014 as Chief Growth and Strategy Officer, responsible for planning and implementing NMSI’s external engagement ...

My First Teacher Training

“We are constant consumers of information and we strive to foster the same in our students.” This quote was scribbled on a giant sticky notepad in an AP English Language and Composition training session at a NMSI AP Summer Institute (APSI) I had the opportunity to attend last month – and it’s an apt summation of what I saw there. I got to witness a big part of what NMSI does “in the field” as I visited several of the classrooms at Birdville High School in North Richland Hills, Texas. ...

Summer Reading: The Smartest Kids in the World

Amanda Ripley’s examination of the achievement gap plaguing the United States is titled The Smartest Kids in the World. But a more apt title would be The Smartest School Systems in the World. The poor performance of American kids relative to their affluent peers in other countries, particularly in math, is not the fault of students, but of the school systems built by adults.   As a former teacher, I know that the decisions made by adults make all the difference for each kid sitting in the classroom. If the principal ...

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