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What’s next for Common Core?

As policy makers are trying to figure out the next steps in America’s education system, the Common Core State Standards are the talk of the town. Are they a good idea? Should there be standardized tests? Will schools suffer without a specific set of academic goals? All of these questions and more were raised and addressed in a webinar titled “Opt-Out or Cop-Out? A Debate on ‘New’ Accountability Systems." The webinar was jointly hosted by the Thomas B. Fordham Institute and Democrats for Education Reform, and featured an all-star cast ...

Viewpoints on the Student Success Act

Education has always been a hot-button topic in the United States, and rightfully so, as education policies can drastically alter the course of a student’s life. However, it seems that the subject has become even more polarized of late – especially because of conversations taking place over the Common Core State Standards – and now it looks like another factor is going to play into the education debates, the Student Success Act. With the No Child Left Behind Act (also known as the Elementary and Second Education Act, or ESEA) ...

Hundreds of Texas Teachers Prepare for Back2School Early

This summer is winding down, and as students are relishing their final days of vacation, more than 700 teachers from across dozens of Texas school districts went back to school early to participate in some of our largest Teacher Training events this summer. These teachers met at El Paso High School in El Paso, Rouse High School in Leander, and Dobie High School in Houston to learn, discuss and work together on the best ways to implement new rigorous strategies in their classroom and participate in hands-on activities to ...

NMSI Schools Amongst America’s Most Challenging

Here at NMSI, we have always applauded the efforts of students and teachers when it comes to improving the levels of rigor and excellence in the classroom, but now we are thrilled to give a standing ovation to America’s Most Challenging High Schools, as featured on The Washington Post, for their absolutely phenomenal performances – many of which were NMSI schools! A school is ranked “challenging” when the number of Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, and Advanced International Certificate of Education tests given is at least equal than the number of ...

Mississippi and Louisiana Teachers Return to the Classroom for Rigorous Training

As the summer progresses, so does NMSI’s efforts at revolutionizing teaching across the nation. This past week, we hosted two more of our rigorous Teacher Training sessions, where nearly 300 teachers from over 25 school districts met in Mississippi and Indiana to understand how to best implement common core in their math, science and English classes.  These dedicated teachers sacrificed their summers in order to learn new hands-on strategies and engaging activities to prepare themselves – and their students – for the upcoming school year and beyond. Here at NMSI, ...

Call to Action: Reforming American Education

College and career readiness is something that NMSI takes very seriously. We believe all students should receive the same rigorous and enriching education – especially in the STEM subjects – because our nation’s future hinges on their success in the classroom. With this in mind, we have taken great strides to ensure that our schools are adequately preparing their students for the future; however, a new report by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) shows that we have only scratched the surface of what needs to change with ...

GIRLS + STEM = TRENDING

Girls and women in STEM is definitely in vogue. Everyone is talking about how to promote STEM education to young girls. This year witnessed the advent of new toys that encourage girls to become more interested in engineering and other STEM related fields. For example, earlier this year two woman engineers introduced Roominate – a gender neutral toy intended to introduce circuits, problem solving, and spatial skills while creating a personalized house, restaurant or other structure. Make room in the toy chest because there is a new STEM gadget for ...

State Policies on Common Core

As the timeline for Common Core State Standards draws closer to implementation, various stakeholders have been very vocal in their support or opposition for the standards. The big questions have been: Are students ready for Common Core? Are teachers ready for Common Core?  The debate has certainly been intense as educators and policy makers consider the implications of new benchmarks and assessments and the impact they will have on their schools. Changes tend to be met with uncertainty and resistance, and it was no surprise that some state lawmakers ...

The Time for STEM Schools has Come

Last week STEMconnector® and the Next Steps Institute hosted the first of three Virtual Town Halls, or webinars, created to discuss the importance of reinventing schools to have a sharper focus on STEM education, which are aptly termed STEM Schools. The first Virtual Town Hall meeting – titled “Leveraging Federal and State Resources to Support STEM Schools” – featured a varied panel of speakers who shared their own perspectives on why STEM Schools are important, and what their organizations are doing to foster the development of such schools. Out of this ...

Making a difference in Mississippi

Today marks the start for STEM improvement in Mississippi. Through a generous grant form the Office of Naval Research, we will begin teacher training in Ocean Springs, MIssissippi this morning with over 90 teachers. This is far more than the grant is paying for which means that other districts saw the value of bringing more rigorous lessons tied to common core into their classrooms.  Mississippi needs NMSI - and needs it bad. From the College Board AP Data -  There were only 24 passing scores in math ...

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