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NMSI Teachers Are Spending the Summer Learning

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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 ...

#ThankATeacher: Encouragement to Find My Voice

In celebration of Teacher Appreciation Week (May 4 – 8), we’re saying ‘thank you’ to the extraordinary people who work so hard to inspire student success, even beyond the classroom walls.  We asked NMSI team members to reflect on some of the amazing teachers who have made a difference in their lives. To close the week, we hear from our interim CEO Matthew Randazzo about his high school debate coach, Mrs. Strand. We invite you to tell us your story about a great teacher who touched your life in ...

#ThankATeacher: Two Model Teachers

In celebration of Teacher Appreciation Week (May 4 – 8), we’re saying ‘thank you’ to the extraordinary people who work so hard to inspire student success, even beyond the classroom walls.  We asked NMSI team members to reflect on some of the amazing teachers who have made a difference in their lives. Today, our statistics content specialist Curtis Brown tells us about Mr. Eck and Mr. Campbell, two teachers who challenged him in the classroom and inspired him to become an educator himself. Throughout the week, we’ll continue to tell our ...

#ThankATeacher: My First Literary Matchmaker

In celebration of Teacher Appreciation Week (May 4 – 8), we’re saying ‘thank you’ to the extraordinary people who work so hard to inspire student success, even beyond the classroom walls.  We asked NMSI team members to reflect on some of the amazing teachers who have made a difference in their lives. Today, our English director Michelle Stie tells us about Mr. Simmons, the teacher who sparked her love of literature. Throughout the week, we’ll continue to tell our stories and we invite you to add your own in ...

#ThankATeacher: The Most Important Bus Ride

In celebration of Teacher Appreciation Week (May 4 – 8), we’re saying ‘thank you’ to the extraordinary people who work so hard to inspire student success, even beyond the classroom walls.  We asked NMSI team members to reflect on some of the amazing teachers who have made a difference in their lives. Today, our brand manager Elliot Mayen shares his memories of his first-grade teacher Ms. Gomez. Throughout the week, we’ll continue to tell our stories and we invite you to add your own in the comments section below. I ...

#ThankATeacher: Math (and Life) Lessons for an English Nerd

In celebration of Teacher Appreciation Week (May 4 – 8), we’re saying ‘thank you’ to the extraordinary people who work so hard to inspire student success, even beyond the classroom walls.  We asked NMSI team members to reflect on some of the amazing teachers who have made a difference in their lives. Today, our grants manager Stephanie Markman, a former classroom teacher herself, tells us about Mrs. Bargsley — her 11th grade statistics teacher at Amarillo High School.  Throughout the week, we’ll continue to share our stories and we ...

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 ...

National Math and Science Initiative, UTeach Institute and Howard Hughes Medical Institute Announce National Expansion of Highly Successful UTeach Program

National Math and Science Initiative, UTeach Institute and Howard Hughes Medical Institute Announce National Expansion of Highly Successful UTeach Program Five universities awarded grants to implement transformative program for STEM teacher preparation; additional schools encouraged to apply for second round of funding DALLAS – The National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI) today announced the expansion of the UTeach secondary science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) teacher preparation program to five research universities, made possible by a $22.5 million grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI). With the expansion of UTeach to ...

Catalysts for Improving our Classrooms

In the laboratory, a catalyst is defined as a “substance that enables a chemical reaction to proceed at a usually faster rate or under different conditions than otherwise possible.”  And in the realm of education, a catalyst can act as an “agent that provokes or speeds significant change or action.”  This is precisely what we need – a catalyst – to help improve our education system, improve student outcomes, and close the achievement gap. What can we do to solve these problems, and who is in the best position ...

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