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NMSI’s College Readiness Program Expands for the First Time to Louisiana

With the school year winding to a close, most students and teachers have their sights set on summer vacation, but two high schools in Louisiana – Bossier High and Parkway High – have their sights set even further ahead. Thanks to a $919,618 grant from the Department of Defense and Educational Activity Fund, Bossier Parish Schools has become the first district in the state of Louisiana to implement NMSI’s College Readiness Program. The two military-connected high schools will share the grant money to provide their teachers with NMSI’s rigorous, ...

PISA Results Show U.S. Education Needs More Work

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) reported this week that American students continue to lag behind in international rankings based on performance on an international assessment. The Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) is an initiative driven by the OECD to measure 15-year-old students' reading, mathematics, and science literacy. PISA also includes measures of general or cross-curricular competencies, such as problem solving.  2009 was the last time this assessment was administered, and those hoping the U.S. would fare better were met with a grim picture. This year’s results ...

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 ...

The Four Pillars of Flipping the Classroom

Flipping the classroom has been a hot topic amongst circles in the education world recently – so much so that we even wrote an article about it ourselves! It is clear that teachers are excited about this different way of interacting and engaging with their students to generate new ideas and deepen their understanding. Education Week picked up on this trend as well and hosted a brilliant webinar featuring two expert presenters – Todd Nesloney , a 5th grade math teacher, and Kristin Daniels, a board member of the Flipped ...

Fort Worth ISD Teachers Thrilled About AP

NMSI has always maintained the belief that the most passionate people make the very best teachers, and that belief was reinforced today. Katherine and Brad have taught 3 and 6 years, respectively, but this school year marks the first time either of them have attempted to teach and AP course. However, they are each confident that they are more than ready for the challenge, thanks to the support and preparation NMSI’s teacher training program has provided. Katherine, an AP Chemistry teacher at North Side High School, said that NMSI’s training ...

Brains and Brawn – Secrets to Student Success

Let's face it – math and science are hard. It takes the right combination of support and resources to succeed in challenging STEM courses. New research suggests that students not only need those two ingredients, but they also require the "grit" and intellectual brawn to obtain academic achievement. What does having "grit" mean for a student? According to the research, grit is comprised of: •  Goal-directedness – Knowing where to go and how to get there. •  Motivation – Having a strong will to achieve identified goals. •  Self-control – Avoiding distractions ...

Jump-start Your Teaching by Flipping the Classroom

We know that one of the greatest challenges you, as a teacher, face in the classroom is trying to teach your students new concepts and high-level ideas. Some students pick them up almost immediately, and other students struggle every step of the way. And sometimes, no matter what the classroom experience might be, no matter how well you think they will do on their homework that covers exactly what you showed them in class, you will have a student who returns the next day with a forlorn face, a ...

Arkansas Schools See Amazing AP Success

We’d like to take a moment and say congratulations to all of our Arkansas schools for the incredible success they’ve had with their AP scores! Despite the fact that America is in the middle of a national STEM crisis, the 39 Arkansas high schools that have implemented NMSI’s Comprehensive AP Program, in partnership with the Arkansas AIMS, have absolutely excelled in rigorous, college-level coursework, and we are proud to announce the fruits of their labors. ...

Costs and Benefits of NMSI’s Comprehensive AP Program

NMSI’s Advanced Placement* (AP) program is a comprehensive approach that increases teacher effectiveness and student achievement in rigorous math and science courses through training, teacher and student support, vertical teaming, open enrollment, and incentives. With the need to maximize limited resources, school administrators want to know how much the program costs and what will be the return on investment. The average cost of the program is approximately $200 per student. The total cost of the program depends on a number of factors including the size of the school and ...

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