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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 ...

Grant Brings Texas Students & Teachers New Technology in the Classroom

Helping teachers support and encourage their students in STEM is why we are excited for the opportunity to work with the recipients of the 2014 I Rock Math grant! United Way and Texas Instruments awarded a total of $50,000 to Dallas ISD’s Dallas Environmental Science Academy (DESA), Lancaster ISD’s Elsie Robertson Middle School, and Mesquite ISD’s Georgia W. Kimball Elementary for iPads and other tech equipment that students will use to enhance their math and science learning experience in the classroom. NMSI will provide teacher mentorship and training on how to best implement the technology in the classroom. ...

State of the Union 2014 – The State of STEM Education

During President Obama’s State of the Union Address last night, he emphasized the importance of “preparing students with skills for the new economy – problem solving, critical thinking, science, technology, engineering, and math.” Indeed, throughout the speech, the President highlighted critical industries, such as renewable energy, healthcare, advanced manufacturing and technology, all of which demand STEM-literate workers and innovators. But will our students be prepared to take on these jobs of the future? Unfortunately, it’s clear that our nation is still facing a STEM crisis. The latest PISA scores have highlighted as much, with the U.S. ranking 30th in math ...

Not Why, But How: 3 Ways to Foster Inquiry Based Learning

We are living in an age where our society is inundated with technological innovations and resources that make accessing information and answering questions easier than it has ever been. A simple Internet search will answer virtually any question on any topic, subject, person, or time period – access to a world of information is literally at our fingertips! But, as amazing as this is, we must be careful that we don’t sacrifice valuable critical thinking skills for the sake of convenience. That is why we at NMSI believe that, ...

Starting STEM Early: The Need for Vertical Alignment

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) is a bit of a buzzword in the education world these days – and rightfully so! With America in the midst of a STEM crisis, the need for more students to pursue STEM careers has never been greater. Teachers must establish a strong academic foundation for students in the STEM subjects – and as important as middle and high school grade levels are in preparing students for college and the workforce, research suggests that building a STEM foundation should start as early as the ...

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 ...

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 ...

Memorial High School Teachers Are Ready for AP

Over the last few months, we’ve had the pleasure to report the wonderful results of NMSI schools enrolled in the comprehensive AP program – and while it’s exciting to hear that more and more students are becoming college- and career-ready, we find it equally exciting whenever our program makes its way into new schools and districts. Oklahoma’s Tulsa Public School District is one of those new districts, where the program has been adopted by Memorial High School, and the teachers there are ecstatic about AP. We spoke to two ...

Is the STEM Crisis a Myth? The Truth About STEM Education

The STEM crisis is considered by many to be one of the foremost issues facing America’s education system and our economy. However, there are some who call the shortage of STEM graduates and professionals a myth. NMSI STEM Student Engagement Director, Lynn Rogers, explains the nature of the STEM crisis and what we need to do to fix it. According to Lynn, there are some professionals who believe that the STEM crisis is a myth, based on the idea that recent STEM graduates are having trouble finding positionsin their field. ...

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