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Teacher Training with Common Core Standards: What Teachers Need to Do Next

As the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) continue to impact schools across the nation, teachers are gearing up for what the new standards will bring to their classrooms, and they’re also asking for help. Two of the top three things that teachers need right now are more effective professional development and more Common Core resources, both of which happen to be our specialty. We offer the very best teacher training and resources that are fully aligned with the Common Core. We contacted our resident STEM subject matter expert Jonathan ...

Student Skills and Graduate Success: The Need for Algebra II

We have long stressed the immediate need for a stronger focus on the subjects of math and science in America’s education system. The need for more rigorous and cohesive STEM instruction can been seen as early as the elementary grade levels, and as students move through the middle and high school grades, the importance of an effective and engaging education becomes all the more prevalent. Students are struggling in these critical subjects, and the ripple effect of their struggles has culminated into a nationwide STEM crisis. Therefore, it is ...

Giving Tuesday: Where America Gives as Good as it Gets

You’ve heard of Black Friday and Cyber Monday… but have you heard of #GivingTuesday? You have now! #GivingTuesday is a movement to celebrate smarter giving during the year’s biggest shopping and spending season. On December 3rd, the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, #GivingTuesday will be a national reminder to be thankful, to support causes that make a difference, and to think differently about where our dollars go. For the National Math and Science Initiative, #GivingTuesday means giving America’s kids the chance to compete in an international knowledge economy, and it means giving ...

Colorado Students Excel on Advanced Placement Exams

                      Program to Close Achievement Gap Celebrates Record Gains DENVER, CO – Today the Colorado Legacy Foundation (CLF) in partnership with the National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI) announced  a 70 percent increase in Advanced Placement* (AP) scores for the 13 schools supported by the Colorado Legacy Schools initiative during the 2012-2013 school year. The Colorado Legacy Schools initiative is a local replication of NMSI’s proven Comprehensive AP Program, which has demonstrated an unprecedented track record closing the achievement gap ...

Teachers at U.S. Grant High School Ecstatic About AP

Today marks another kick-off event for the implementation of our Comprehensive AP Program in Oklahoma’s US Grant High School, and we are simply beside ourselves withexcitement. More excited than us, though, are the teachers of U.S. Grant High School, because they know how important this program is for their school and their students. According to AP Calculus teacher Lam Pham, he believes the program will truly prepare his students for college because they aren’t just relying on shortcuts to survive math; they’re actually learning how to understand and process the information ...

Implementing the Common Core: Top 3 Ways to Help Teachers

As we approach the implementation date for the Common Core State Standards, there are many who wonder what the Common Core actually means for schools and how those standards will reshape American education. To address these concerns, the Thomas B. Fordham Institute hosted another webinar focusing on the Common Core, featuring a diverse panel of teachers (moderated by Fordham’s Michael J. Petrilli) from across the nation who discussed how the Common Core has changed their schools for the better and what educators need to better prepare for and implement ...

4 Ways to Prevent Remedial Education

College remediation, or the process of requiring entering college students to take below-college-level coursework, is a pervasive and vexing problem. According to the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education, approximately 60% of all students eligible to attend college need remedial coursework in mathematics or English, and in 2008, 20% of all students enrolled in a post-secondary institution took remedial coursework. Remediation rates for students entering community college programs are particularly bleak, with nearly 75% of all community college students needing remedial coursework in mathematics, English, or both ...

The Four Pillars of Flipping the Classroom

Flipping the classroom has been a hot topic amongst circles in the education world recently – so much so that we even wrote an article about it ourselves! It is clear that teachers are excited about this different way of interacting and engaging with their students to generate new ideas and deepen their understanding. Education Week picked up on this trend as well and hosted a brilliant webinar featuring two expert presenters – Todd Nesloney , a 5th grade math teacher, and Kristin Daniels, a board member of the Flipped ...

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