The National Math + Science Initiative's (NMSI) Laying the Foundation Program provides teachers of grades 3-12 with content-based, pedagogy-driven, teacher-to-teacher training. The training offers educators a variety of opportunities to strengthen their content knowledge and practice teaching strategies-all aligned with state standards. NMSI offers elementary school teacher training for grades 3-5 in math, science, English, and social studies. Teachers work through model lessons and discuss strategies for engaging students with interesting content while building conceptual understanding. The content includes interdisciplinary connections and fine arts enhancements. NMSI's secondary training for grades 6-12 is broken down by math, science, and English. Each discipline is a unique 12-module program with its own structure. In mathematics training, teachers use graphing calculators, manipulatives, and collaborative activities to deepen their knowledge of mathematics, the vertical connections across grade levels, and the integration of math standards and practices. Science training is laboratory based with a focus on building conceptual understanding. It includes strategies for building student skills in science literacy and applying mathematics in science. Training for English teachers includes hands-on collaborative activities that model how to engage students with texts. Strategies for developing critical reading, writing, and thinking in students are modeled in training and applied by teachers.
The Covid-19 pandemic forced educators to make many changes in response to instant lockdowns and other unexpected pressures. But one thing educators who read Big Deal Media’s K-12 Technology newsletter didn’t have to change: their reliance on the newsletter as a valuable tool for finding and buying technology resources for their schools and districts.
SDI has released its PPE for Schools Report to help guide district leaders as they look to navigate the rest of this school year and also mitigate future risks. In the freePPE for Schools Report, district leaders will find information about the PPE procurement process, lessons learned, and best practices for moving forward.
The Aspen Institute and the Community College Research Center studied nine dual enrollment programs across three states that have narrowed or closed equity gaps in dual enrollment for Black, Latinx, Indigenous, and Pacific Islander students.