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NMSI Partners with Louisiana Department of Education on Teacher Training

NMSI is proud to partner with the Louisiana Department of Education (LDOE) to provide our nationally recognized Laying the Foundation teacher training to thousands of English Language Arts educators across the state this summer. The Louisiana Teacher Leader Summit, which will be held June 4-5 in New Orleans, will bring together approximately 5,000 outstanding educators and content experts from across Louisiana to share their knowledge and develop new skills as they prepare for the coming school year. These teacher leaders are dedicated to fostering high expectations for students at public ...

More Coursework Alone Doesn’t Boost STEM Achievement

To better prepare students for college and careers in STEM, many states have upped their minimum course requirements in math and science. But a new report from ACT indicates that simply mandating more math and science courses cannot by itself improve student outcomes. The ACT researchers suggest that efforts need to be focused on early preparation to ensure that students have the skills they need to succeed in advanced coursework by the time they get to high school. Teachers also need to ensure that courses remain sufficiently rigorous to ...

The Reviews Are In: What Teachers Are Saying About NMSI Training (On Twitter!)

This summer, NMSI has trained nearly 4,000 math, science and English teachers in more than a dozen states across the nation. While we typically receive feedback on our trainings in the form of end-of-course surveys, we decided to also reach out on Twitter and ask our teachers directly about their training experiences. They responded with such excitement and enthusiasm that we couldn’t resist sharing their reactions. Alannah Grande kicked things off by sharing a picture of a 6th-10th grade English student activity that she and her fellow trainees got to ...

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 ...

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 ...

The Ins and Outs of a Rigorous Lesson: How to Cultivate Deep Content Knowledge

For quite a long while, the term “rigorous” has been used in the education world to define lessons, instruction, standards, and so forth – but what exactly does “rigor” mean, and how does it tie in with education? We asked our resident Science Coordinator and STEM subject matter expert Jonathan Edquid to elaborate on what rigor means, how it impacts our students, and how a teacher can increase rigor in his or her practice. Literally, rigor means stiffness; figuratively, it means harshness – and it is not hard to see ...

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 ...

How Teacher Training Impacts Schools: Pasadena Principal Takes Home the Gold

We are happy to announce that Aldo Prado, an assistant principal at Pasadena High School (PHS) in Pasadena, Texas, has been awarded the College Board’s 2014 Southwestern Region Academic Assembly Excellence in Service Award! This award recognizes an individual who demonstrates advocacy for universal access to high standards of learning. From 2007 to 2010 Prado worked in Pasadena ISD’s Central Office as a Science, ESL, Dual language Instructional Specialist. He has also been a college professorandhighschool principal in Mexico, as well as an elementary teacher here in the United States. ...

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 ...

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