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Book Review: The Teacher Wars: A History of America’s Most Embattled Profession

The Teacher Wars: A History of America’s Most Embattled Profession, by Dana Goldstein, examines the history of the teaching profession in the United States and the role that education reform has played in challenging the expectations for classroom teachers.  We asked NMSI Vice President of Content Michelle Stie and AP English content specialist Aubrey Ludwig for their reactions. Why does Goldstein begin the book by acknowledging that teaching is a highly politicized profession that struggles with recruitment and training? Aubrey: Goldstein makes it clear that while teachers encounter much ...

NMSI’s UTeach Expansion Program recognized by Business Roundtable Education Philanthropy Initiative

This is a guest post by Ronda Brandon, Vice President of Teacher Development & Academic Strategy, and Lindsay Wike, UTeach Expansion Program Manager.     During their CEO quarterly meeting this past December, Business Roundtable released a report showing the impact that business philanthropy can have when strategically focused on education reforms that are working. The report, Investing in Results: How Business Roundtable is Supporting Proven Education Reforms, recognized the National Math and Science Initiative’s (NMSI) UTeach Expansion Program as one of five programs recommended for the Education Philanthropy Initiative.   Business ...

Getting Elemental: Four Elements Added to the Periodic Table

This is a guest blog post from NMSI Science Content Editor Paul Hightower. The chart hanging on the wall in your old chemistry classroom showing the periodic table of elements is now in need of an update. In an unprecedented administrative move, the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) announced at the end of 2015 that sufficient evidence exists to add four new elements – atomic numbers 113, 115, 117, and 118 – to the official reference known as the periodic table. The search for new, unknown elements is an ...

National Math + Science Initiative Awarded $20 Million Department of Education Scale-Up Grant

DALLAS, TX (January 5, 2016)—The National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI) has received a nearly $20 million Scale-up grant from the U.S. Department of Education's Investing in Innovation (i3) 2015 grant competition. The grant will enable NMSI to expand its proven College Readiness Program (CRP) to ten urban and rural school districts across eight states, serving a high proportion of underserved students. CRP dramatically increases the number of students taking and earning qualifying scores on Advanced Placement® (AP®) math, science and English exams, while expanding access to rigorous coursework to traditionally ...

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