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From Creating to Coding: STEM in the Summertime

School may be out, but there are plenty of fun learning opportunities that teachers, parents, and students can take advantage of over the summer! Here are just a handful of awesome STEM initiatives and activities to keep minds sharp and ready to take on the new school year: Maker Camp 2014: The Maker movement is dedicated to inspiring young minds to engage with technology to reshape and enhance the world around them, and they’vepartnered with Google to make sure students can get involved no matter where ...

NMSI’s College Readiness Program Expands to Missouri School District

Thanks to a $300,000 grant from the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA), we are happy to announce that NMSI’s College Readiness Program is expanding for the first time to the state of Missouri. This summer, NMSI will train teachers from the Waynesville R-VI School District to begin implementing the three-year program to help raise the level of academic rigor in their classrooms and increase the number of students earning passing scores on their Advanced Placement (AP) exams. Waynesville School District will offer five new AP courses this fall, bringing ...

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 ...

Achievement Gaps in America’s Schools: Why Education is a Civil Rights Issue

Earlier this week, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan spoke at the Education Writers Association’s 67th Annual Conference in Nashville, Tennessee, where he asserted that despite the 60-year-old ruling of Brown v. Board of Education, there still exists a deep sense of inequality in America’s school system – specifically when it comes to preparing our minority and low in-come students for rigorous, high-level STEM and Advanced Placement (AP)* courses. In Secretary Duncan’s view, the achievement gap in STEM education is proof positive that “education is the civil rights issue of ...

NMSI’s College Readiness Program Expands for the First Time to Louisiana

With the school year winding to a close, most students and teachers have their sights set on summer vacation, but two high schools in Louisiana – Bossier High and Parkway High – have their sights set even further ahead. Thanks to a $919,618 grant from the Department of Defense and Educational Activity Fund, Bossier Parish Schools has become the first district in the state of Louisiana to implement NMSI’s College Readiness Program. The two military-connected high schools will share the grant money to provide their teachers with NMSI’s rigorous, ...

Bossier Schools to Expand AP Program at Military Connected Schools

Bossier Schools has become the first district in Louisiana to be chosen by the National Math and Science Initiative to receive a $919,618 grant to expand the Advanced Placement (AP) program at two military connected schools; Bossier High and Parkway. The grant, made possible by the Department of Defense Educational Activity Fund, will serve as the catalyst for NMSI’s College Readiness Program, which includes open enrollment in rigorous AP math, science and English classes for all eligible students at Bossier and Parkway, whether military dependents or not. By giving ...

Spreading the A.P. Gospel to Nurture Scientists and Engineers

The original New York Times article can be found here. PITTSBURGH — Even before the first day of class in August, Maura Fritzley had second thoughts about taking Advanced Placement physics. Although she got good grades in a mainstream physics class, Ms. Fritzley, an 18-year-old senior at Brashear High School here, had no intention of becoming a physicist, and A.P. classes, after all, are hard. She decided she wanted to drop it, then changed her mind and stayed. And she struggled, a lot. A.P. physics proved far more difficult than the earlier class. ...

Arizona School Becomes First in State to Implement NMSI Program

Earlier this week, we were thrilled to be at Sahuarita High School to help celebrate and kick-off a new expansion of our College Readiness Program in the Sahuarita Unified School District. This is our first expansion in the state of Arizona, and it is funded by an $880,000 grant, $500,000 of which was generously given by the Freeport-McMoran Foundation and the rest coming from local community businesses. Over the next three years, the district will use the grant money to help train their teachers, support their students, and cover ...

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 ...

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