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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 ...

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