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Celebrating Excellence in Education

Earlier this year we announced the FIRST ever ‘NMSI School of the Year’ to be awarded alongside eight of our outstanding teachers. Last night, we had a very special awards dinner honoring these teachers for their hard work and the AMAZING results they had in their classrooms.  We wanted to share with you what a few teachers had to say: Irene Mahoney, AP Biology Teacher, Chelsea HS, Chelsea, Massachusetts – NMSI Teacher of the Year “I left the institute with new ideas of how to flip my classroom, with guided notes; ...

The Need for STEM Support Among Minorities

A recent article from the Huffington Post, titled “Why the National STEM Education Fund Is So Important,” highlighted the importance of STEM education in schools, and America’s challenge to increase the opportunities for minority students. We couldn’t agree more! This position is one that NMSI takes to heart. On May 28th, NSMI COO Dave Saba served as a panelist at the STEM Education Caucus Briefing, where STEM funding and minority support were the forefronts of the conversation.  Key points from the panel: By 2018, the economy will ...

Student Achievement Gaps on the Forefront of Education Dialogues

Earlier this week, we commented on a report that addressed college and workforce readiness, which called for the need to remedy shortcomings in these areas with better preparation in high school. We would like to expand on this issue by looking at another dimension. The Education Trust released a new report titled Breaking the Glass Ceiling of Achievement for Low-Income Students and Students of Color, which adds some nuance to the conversation by exploring the gaps between white students and students of color, as well as the gaps between students ...

This Memorial Day: Remembering Those Who Sacrifice So Much

Thirty years ago today I tossed my Midshipman hat in the air along with a thousand of my classmates at the United States Naval Academy. I had just sworn an oath to this country to support and defend the Constitution of the United States of America against all enemies, foreign or domestic.  It is a bittersweet weekend to fondly remember embarking on a great career in the Navy while at the same time remembering so many who have fallen to defend our country on Memorial Day. I ...

The Future of STEM Education

STEM education leaders came together at the Change the Equation STEM Salon panel today in Washington, DC. The panel featured Grace Chen, director of Math/Science Design at Teach for America; Daniel Chazan, director of the Center for Mathematics Education at the University of Maryland; and Dave Saba, Chief Operating Officer for National Math and Science. The three panelists came together to address the STEM crisis that the US is facing, and the future of STEM teacher development.  “We need to figure out how to make the teaching profession satisfying ...

New Study Reveals Gaps in US Education

The National Center on Education and the Economy (NCEE) has just released a new study titled What Does It Really Mean to Be College and Work Ready? which explores the levels of English Literacy and mathematical knowledge students need to be successful in their first year of community college. The study was “guided by a panel of leading experts” in seven diverse states, and their findings reveal that the state of US community colleges – and high schools by extension – is in desperate need of reform. However, the ...

NMSI and UTeach Recognized by Senate Budget Committee

During a Senate Budget Committee hearing on May 16, 2013, Dr. John P. Holdren, director of the White House Office of Science and Technology, gave a statement concerning the level of Federal support for STEM education in the President’s fiscal year 2014 Budget. According to Dr. Holdren, the President’s budget invests $3.1 billion in STEM education programs which will help prepare and support future and current STEM teachers. The President also aims to “substantially decrease the fragmentation of STEM programs across the Federal government” by implementing a 50% reduction ...

No Matter How You Slice It, The NMSI AP Program Provides a Greater ROI

There are many ways to consider ROI when it comes to our AP program.  For example, one could review the cost per student, or cost per additional college graduate, or cost per additional lifetime earnings of students in the program, or even cost per tuition saved.  But no matter which of these one considers, all of them provide a tremendous return on investment for our donors.     An average investment per school for our donors is $500,000, which allows us to implement the AP program for three years.  During these ...

Encouraging More Girls in STEM

Sally Ride: How her Historic Space Mission Opened Doors for Women in Science at the Smithsonian Inspiration filled the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum today as prominent journalists, scholars, and leading women in science and aerospace spoke on Sally Rides’ accomplishments and her impact on women in STEM. We wanted to share a few remarks from the panel discussion: “She set the forefront by highlighting women in science – her message was that women and anyone can pursue science.” “About 50-55 astronaut women have gone into space.” It’s important for ...

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