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Education Apps to Help Inspire Students and Teachers

New technologies are changing the ways that educators teach, the ways that students learn and the ways that teachers and students communicate. The proliferation of tablets and other smart devices, for example, has been matched by the development of myriad apps designed to help inspire and engage both students and teachers in new ways. These are just a few examples of how apps can enhance the teaching and learning experience in STEM and non-STEM subjects: Apps for students: Sparking students’ curiosity about math and science is ...

Lighting the Fire of American Ingenuity: The Need for More STEM Support

Change the Equation hosted their 2014 National STEM Summit, where United States Vice President Joe Biden delivered the keynote address to an audience comprised of America’s top business and thought leaders about the urgent need to improve STEM education in all of our schools. “In the next four years,” he said, “there will be over a million more jobs requiring science, technology, engineering, and math skills, but 15-year-olds in the United States rank 27th in Math, 20th in Science… out of 34 countries.” Furthermore, the percentage of female college ...

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 ...

Collaboration across the Hallway: Why Every Teacher Needs a Network of Support

We applaud the efforts of any teacher who goes above and beyond to help their students get college and career ready. But we also know that being a teacher can be exhausting at times, often to the point in which a teacher feels they have entered a “lonely profession.” That’s why we feel it is of the utmost importance for teachers to have a support network of their peers. Our NMSI English Director Michelle Stie-Buckles and NMSI Mathematics Coordinator Jeremy Posey  explain what a support network looks like and ...

Business Engagement and Education Reform: Three Best Approaches to Improving Education

“The time has come for America’s business leaders to consider anew how they work with the nation’s educators to support our schools.” So opens a new report issued by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Boston Consulting Group, and Harvard Business School, which surveys the current landscape of American education. According to the report, right now things could be better. On a global scale, the U.S. ranks 23rd in science and 30th in math. “For young Americans to succeed,” the report states, “they must out-innovate and out-produce the ...

RFP Now Open To Implement UTeach Program at 5 Additional Universities

Is your university interested in producing and retaining more STEM teachers in United States? NMSI has partnered with the UTeach Institute to expand the UTeach secondary STEM preparation program model to five additional universities in the fall of 2015, funded by a generous grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Those who are interested must download and submit a grant application – the National UTeach Request for Proposals – which you can do so here. A letter of intent is requested from interested universities by March 27, 2014 followed by ...

What UTeach Students & Graduates Are Saying About Teaching in STEM

Yesterday we had the distinct pleasure of announcing the expansion of the UTeach program to five research universities across the U.S., thanks to a generous $22.5 million grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI).This incredible program equips STEM majors with the skills and expertise needed to effectively teach in a 21stcentury classroom, and with the addition of these five universities, we are on track to help train more than 9,000 math and science teachers in the U.S. by 2020. It’s an amazing opportunity for students interested in STEM fields to consider a career in education as well! 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 ...

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 ...

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