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NMSI CEO on Celebrating Latinos in American Classrooms

Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America. According to NMSI CEO Sara Martinez Tucker, achievements of Latinos are not only those that we read or hear about in the media, but also extend to the important work that happens in American classrooms. In a commentary in the Fall 2014 issue of Latino Magazine, Tucker notes that we should also ask ...

National Math + Science Initiative Boosts College Readiness for More Than 13,000 Students Nationwide, Based on 2013-14 Advanced Placement* Exam Results

PRESS RELEASE SEPTEMBER 30, 2014 National Math + Science Initiative Boosts College Readiness for More Than 13,000 Students Nationwide, Based on 2013-14 Advanced Placement* Exam Results DALLAS – The National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI) boosted student enrollment in college-level math, science and English courses by more than 50,000 in the 2013-14 school year. Based on the most recent data from the College Board, NMSI’s College Readiness Program—working in just 566 schools—also raised the number of Advanced Placement* qualifying exam scores by more than 18,500 exams, representing more ...

Meet the Expert: Tooling Up for Back to School with Nancy Ramos

NMSI’s Meet the Expert series taps 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 readiness. In today’s post, we meet Nancy Ramos, who has been teaching biology for 37 years and serves as one of our AP* ...

Meet the Expert: Tooling Up for Back to School with Mary McDonald

NMSI’s Meet the Expert series taps 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 readiness. Today we meet Mary McDonald, one of our expert AP* consultants who currently teaches AP English Literature and Composition, in addition to ...

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 ...

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