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Supporting Our Girls: The Key to Closing the Gender Gap in STEM Education

The American economy relies on the productivity, entrepreneurship, and creativity of all its people, yet women are being left behind in the critical fields of science, technology, engineering, and math. Supporting more women in STEM is the key, and NMSI is taking the steps to bridge this gap, but there is still much work to be done. To address and shed some new light on this pressing matter, STEMconnector and Tata Consultancy Services have issued a new white paper highlighting the vast disparities between men and women in the ...

Close Reading and Student Engagement: How to Break Down a Text

[Aubrey Ludwig is the AP English Coordinator here at NMSI, but before that she taught high school English at Fairfax County Public Schools in Virginia for 9 years. Please give her a hearty welcome as a new member of the NMSI blogging team! –Timothy] One year, while I was teaching high school English, whenever I would say, “Let’s get ready to complete a close reading,” all of my students, in near perfect synchronization, would press whatever we were reading to their faces. It became a running gag. At the beginning ...

NMSI Student Thabit Pulak Earns National Honors for Research in STEM

Last year, we announced that our College Readiness program (formerly known as NMSI’s Comprehensive AP program) was expanding to four schools in Richardson ISD in Texas, thanks to a grant from the Texas Instruments Foundation. This year, those four schools have implemented our program, and Thabit Pulak, of the many incredible students in the program, was recognized for his amazing achievements in the world of STEM. Pulak is a student at Richardson High School and was one of forty finalists in the national Intel Science Talent Search. His entry in ...

The Ins and Outs of a Rigorous Lesson: How to Cultivate Deep Content Knowledge

For quite a long while, the term “rigorous” has been used in the education world to define lessons, instruction, standards, and so forth – but what exactly does “rigor” mean, and how does it tie in with education? We asked our resident Science Coordinator and STEM subject matter expert Jonathan Edquid to elaborate on what rigor means, how it impacts our students, and how a teacher can increase rigor in his or her practice. Literally, rigor means stiffness; figuratively, it means harshness – and it is not hard to see ...

Getting More Low-Income Students Into College Isn't About Money, It's About The Curriculum

Original post by NMSI CEO Sara Martinez Tucker can be found here at Forbes. President Obama wants more low-income students to apply, enroll and graduate from college. It’s a real issue:  Only 30 percent of low-income students enroll in college right after high school, and only 9 percent earn a bachelor’s degree by age 25. A recent White House summit on the issue proposed a number of ways to tackle the problem, from connecting young people to schools that better match their academic abilities; early intervention to ensure that a larger ...

It's Time to Change the Common Core Debate

Original post by NMSI CEO Sara Martinez Tucker can be found here at U.S. News & World Report.  After more than three years, the debate over Common Core State Standards rages on, with some who contend that these standards are too tough and others who believe they’re not tough enough. But that’s not the conversation we should be having. Common Core standards have been adopted by 45 states and the District of Columbia, and can provide the foundation to fix our public school system. If we stop arguing, maybe we can ...

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