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Meet the Expert: Tooling Up for Back to School with Benjy Wood

Welcome to NMSI’s Meet the Expert series, a new feature in which we tap the expertise of our cadre of experienced teacher trainers and consultants, many of whom hold leadership roles in regional and national education organizations in addition to earning recognition for outstanding teaching in their own classrooms. We’ll call on these experts to share their experiences, challenges and lessons learned and to provide commentary on timely issues pertaining to STEM education and college and career readiness. Today’s post is a Q&A with NMSI expert Benjy Wood, who helps ...

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Recognizes NMSI Efforts in Report

The United States will not be able to meet its workforce demands at the current STEM success rate. That’s according to the fourth edition of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Leaders and Laggards report series. Released today, the 2014 report is the latest state-by-state report card on the effectiveness of K-12 educational systems across the country. A good measure of student preparedness in STEM is the proportion of students receiving qualifying scores (three or higher on a five-point scale) on Advanced Placement (AP*) math and science exams. Based on data provided by ...

NMSI Program Boosts AP Achievement in Pittsburgh Schools

NMSI continues to garner national media attention for its efforts to transform math and science education in schools across the country. As reported in The New York Times, students at two Pittsburgh high schools have made marked progress in Advanced Placement* (AP) math and science coursework after just one year of NMSI’s College Readiness Program. Last year, support from The Heinz Endowments enabled expansion of NMSI’s College Readiness Program to two Pittsburgh high schools—Brashear High School and Pittsburgh Science & Technology Academy. Although both schools had previously offered AP courses, ...

Alabama Making Great Strides in Building a College-Ready Culture

The National Math and Science Initiative is thrilled to share that our partner organization A+ College Ready, dedicated to increasing student achievement in AP math, science and English in Alabama, is preparing more students for college and careers than ever before. At an event to celebrate the Alabama’s success, Governor Robert Bentley announced that the state ranks number one in the nation in percent growth of students achieving qualifying scores on math, science, and English AP exams, with a 136% increase over the last six years. Additionally, the Alabama results ...

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 ...

Competency in Computer Science: A Crucial Element of STEM Education

As the global economy grows ever more dependent on digital technologies, our nation’s competitiveness will depend on our ability to educate our students and our workforce in the fundamentals of science and technology. By 2018, STEM jobs are expected to increase 17% and more than 70% of these jobs will be in computer science (CS). Despite the increasing need for competency in STEM, 50% of U.S. schools still don’t have focused STEM programs and schools in 36 states do not grant graduation credit forcourses in CS. Many teachers have limited ...

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 ...

NMSI CEO Awarded 2014 McGraw Prize in Education

We are proud to announce that Sara Martinez Tucker, chief executive officer of NMSI, has been named a winner of the 2014 Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Prize in Education. The prize, sponsored by the McGraw Hill Financial Research Foundation, recognizes outstanding individuals who have dedicated themselves to education innovation, and this year, focuses on those who have found ways to narrow achievement gaps across the educational spectrum. As the leader of NMSI, Tucker is working to improve teacher effectiveness and student performance in the critical subjects of science, math, technology ...

How Failure, Big Brands and Men Can Help Close the Gender Gap in STEM

Pursuing a career in STEM can be a challenge for any student, but research suggests that the path for women in STEM can be particularly difficult. Thankfully, the call to support more women and girls as they pursue STEM is clear, and there are many organizations and initiatives that have joined the movement. Three recent articles highlight strategies for improving female engagement in STEM: Provide surmountable obstacles. In the Huffington Post, middle school science teacher Julie Rohl explains that she facilitates success in her female STEM ...

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