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Hip Hop in the Science Classroom

By Elliot Mayen Have you ever rated a student’s work with emojis? Nope. Used mnemonics to help students learn? Yep. Write a rap about the structure of the cell? Nope? This is how Tom McFadden, better known as Science Tom, started his talk about Hip Hop in the Science Classroom. Using this call and response adapted from recent hit single “Choices,” by E-40 – a well-known rapper - Science Tom kicked off a highly entertaining and energetic session about using what is ostensibly the most popular music genre of our time ...

Reflecting on SXSWedu

Hit Refresh: Evolving Computer Science Instruction By Elliot Mayen Computational literacy underlies most modern jobs and will become an increasingly important part of the economy, yet many barriers prevent students from accessing high quality computer science education and from being recruited and persisting in related jobs. These subjects were the focus of the Hit Refresh: Evolving Computer Science Instruction session at this year’s SXSWedu conference. At the heart of the discussion was the need to bring more diverse students into the world of computer science and the attrition that occurs once students advance ...

NMSI’s UTeach Expansion Program recognized by Business Roundtable Education Philanthropy Initiative

This is a guest post by Ronda Brandon, Vice President of Teacher Development & Academic Strategy, and Lindsay Wike, UTeach Expansion Program Manager.     During their CEO quarterly meeting this past December, Business Roundtable released a report showing the impact that business philanthropy can have when strategically focused on education reforms that are working. The report, Investing in Results: How Business Roundtable is Supporting Proven Education Reforms, recognized the National Math and Science Initiative’s (NMSI) UTeach Expansion Program as one of five programs recommended for the Education Philanthropy Initiative.   Business ...

Getting Elemental: Four Elements Added to the Periodic Table

This is a guest blog post from NMSI Science Content Editor Paul Hightower. The chart hanging on the wall in your old chemistry classroom showing the periodic table of elements is now in need of an update. In an unprecedented administrative move, the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) announced at the end of 2015 that sufficient evidence exists to add four new elements – atomic numbers 113, 115, 117, and 118 – to the official reference known as the periodic table. The search for new, unknown elements is an ...

National Math + Science Initiative Awarded $20 Million Department of Education Scale-Up Grant

DALLAS, TX (January 5, 2016)—The National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI) has received a nearly $20 million Scale-up grant from the U.S. Department of Education's Investing in Innovation (i3) 2015 grant competition. The grant will enable NMSI to expand its proven College Readiness Program (CRP) to ten urban and rural school districts across eight states, serving a high proportion of underserved students. CRP dramatically increases the number of students taking and earning qualifying scores on Advanced Placement® (AP®) math, science and English exams, while expanding access to rigorous coursework to traditionally ...

NORTH DAKOTA STUDENTS, TEACHERS TO BENEFIT FROM NATIONAL MATH + SCIENCE INITIATIVE’S COLLEGE READINESS PROGRAM

NORTH DAKOTA STUDENTS, TEACHERS TO BENEFIT FROM NATIONAL MATH + SCIENCE INITIATIVE’S COLLEGE READINESS PROGRAM __________________   Program Improving Student Preparedness Expands to North Dakota   BISMARCK, ND (December 10, 2015)--The National Math and Science Initiative’s (NMSI) College Readiness Program (CRP) today announced its expansion into North Dakota schools with an investment of up to $13 million from ExxonMobil, on behalf of XTO Energy Inc. CRP empowers school communities to improve participation and success in rigorous coursework to better prepare students for college and the STEM-intensive careers of the 21st century. NMSI will partner with districts across the ...

Bring STEM Home for the Holidays

This is a guest blog post from NMSI Science Content Editor Paul Hightower.   Forget computer games, superheroes or sci-fi action figures. The hot toys for kids this holiday season are educational. These aren’t the boring, stodgy educational toys of yesteryear. These are specifically STEM toys – that is, educational presents with a focus on science, technology, engineering and math.  A national push is underway to encourage more students – especially underrepresented minorities and girls – to engage in STEM studies and careers. Toy manufacturers are seizing on the opportunity to inspire interest ...

Book Review: The Prize – Who's in Charge of America's Schools?

The Prize: Who’s in Charge of America’s Schools?, by Washington Post reporter Dale Russakoff, has become one of the year’s most discussed books on education. Russakoff examines the efforts to reform Newark Public Schools through a public-private partnership led by Newark Mayor Cory Booker, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.  We asked NMSI English director Michelle Stie and AP English content specialist Aubrey Ludwig for their reactions to The Prize.    Why did the reformers, led by Booker, Christie and Zuckerberg, believe that Newark could be a national ...

Finding Inspiration in the Nobel Laureates

What do television sets, DNA sequencing and “The Jungle Book” have in common? They are all the end products of the work of Nobel Prize winners. This week, a new cohort of laureates have been honored in the areas of Physiology or Medicine, Physics, Chemistry and Literature, with awards for Peace and Economics still to be announced. Each of the award recipients receives a gold medal, a diploma and a cash prize. The real honor, however, is the induction into a very exclusive group of people who represent the ...

Changing the Odds in the Classroom

The Momentous Institute hosted its 2015 Changing the Odds Conference in Dallas, TX last week. We asked NMSI English Director Michelle Stie to share her experience with us. The theme of this year’s conference was “Chaos to Connection,” and its purpose was to bring together educators and mental health professionals to consider how to help motivate, nurture, and build relationships with students in order to impact learning. Best-selling author Daniel Pink opened the conference with a discussion about motivation and performance, specifically as it relates to the classroom. Referring to ...

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