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Professional Development and the Modern Teacher: Six Steps to School Success

“Before our very eyes, teaching in America is undergoing a revolution.” So opens a report by the National Center on Time & Learning (NCTL), which examines just how much teaching has changed over the last twenty years and what teachers need to succeed in the modern classroom. In short, the report asserts that teachers simply need more time to collaborate with their peers. According to their research, teachers spend roughly 80% of their time in the classroom, leaving very little room for them to prepare outside of the classroom for ...

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 ...

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 ...

Formative Assessment and Self-Directed Learning: Creating a Classroom for Success

With the rise of the Common Core, we are living in an age where rigorous math and science coursework are becoming the standard. However, it is important that we not overlook the importance of teaching strong writing skills. Handwriting plays a large part in helping students retain information, but the skill of writing itself plays a critical role in the learning process. With the PARCC and Smarter Balance assessments, students aren’t just being tested with multiple choice problems anymore; they are required to write essays and short answers. Recognizing ...

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 ...

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 ...

Education Reform: Changing the System as Teacherpreneurs

Over the last few months, we have covered many active conversations taking place in the education world. A few trends we have identified are: Debates at the state-level about the Common Core State Standards Policy-level disagreements over implementing the Common Core Discussion at the federal-level over new education policy Consideration by public and private companies about how to support STEM in our schools Examination by non-profit organizations about reforming American education While we think these ...

Equipping Students Early through Elementary Training

We believe preparing students for the rigorous challenges of college level coursework is absolutely vital to strengthening America’s economy. We must equip rising generations with the skills they will need in order to be successful in a 21st century workforce. However, though it is important to prepare students in the middle and high school grade levels, truly effective preparation starts at the elementary school level. That is why our expert teacher trainers are now working with elementary teachers across the nation to prepare young minds to thrive in the ...

Math and Science in Middle Schools: The Elements of Student Success

A successful middle school classroom contains a teacher who is fully prepared to give their students the time and support they need to develop higher level and critical thinking skills, rigorous coursework that fits properly into a vertical alignment system, and students who are engaged in the material and making real-life connections – the last of which is crucial to mastering the subjects of math and science. To talk about the influence that rigorous math and science courses can have on middle school students, we reached out to our STEM ...

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