Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Common Core and Testing!

I have two great posts up at our NMSI Blog - the first is on an interesting white paper from an Anti-Testing group called Challenge Success.  I normally would not even read it but one of my academic staff said we need to and it is pretty amazing - they capture the essence of what we are fighting for -

You can't just require rigorous courses, you have to give teachers the training and resources to lay the groundwork for the increased rigor and increase enrollment by building actual demand! It is pretty incredible so please read more about Challenging AP without Supports.

The second post is about the amazing response to our Open Resources for Common Core which have now been visited over 12,000 times in just three weeks and our open lessons have been visited over 11,000 times. We need we would get an incredible response but this is beyond belief!

So much going on at National Math and Science Initiative!


Monday, April 15, 2013

Coalition Overload

It seems that the NMSI team has spent a lot of team over the last few months working with coalitions and I am struggling to see the value. As is the case in many education endeavors it seems that the rush to build coalitions has exceeded the actual need. There are now even coalitions of coalitions!

But are they really creating an impact for students or are they just another process between organizations and implementation?

If you are not really part of the solution then you really are part of the problem and the problem is getting resources to schools, teachers and students.  Being a convener and a highlighter of best practice isn't really achieving results as far as I can tell.

I know I am a little too cynical but stop the convening and highlighting and let's get on with funding implementation and doing.

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Let's Solve This

Of course I love the Let's Solve This ads that really highlight the issues in this country with STEM and Common Core - but when they highlight the great work we are doing at NMSI - it is even better.


Tuesday, April 9, 2013

6K Educators Access Common Core Resources Yesterday

What an amazing response! Over 6,000 educators accessed the newly released NMSI open resources for common core in just the first day.  This is an incredible response to the great teacher training, resources and exemplar lessons that are available to all educators.

We want more - we want all educators to take advantage of the training they need to properly train for common core implementation.

Tell everyone and post it everywhere:  http://www.nms.org/Resources/CommonCoreOpenResources

Monday, April 8, 2013

Open Resources for Common Core!

It's like a MOOC only MOPD - Massive Open Professional Development! All of the incredible resources built to train the PARCC Educator Leader Cadre on Common Core State Standards and the PARCC assessments are available to all educators.

Right from the start the intent was to share the content with all.  Incredible to see it come to life and we want to see it go to every educator in the country!


Newly Released Common Core Resources and Materials
Are Now Available to All Teachers

National Math and Science Initiative is providing teachers unlimited access to the PARCC open-source learning management system

DALLAS – The National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI), a non-profit organization launched in 2007 to transform math and science education in the United States, announced today that they will make Common Core State Standards (CCSS) resources available to all teachers with unlimited access.

In 2012, the National Math and Science Initiative was selected to partner with the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) to launch the Educator Leader Cadres (ELCs) initiative.  PARCC is a 22 state consortium working collectively to design and develop a common set of next-generation K-12 assessments in math and English anchored in what it takes to be college and career ready. 

The PARCC Educator Leader Cadres (ELCs) help each state build and expand the number of educators who understand, support and feel ownership of the successful implementation of the CCSS and PARCC assessments.  NMSI has hosted face-to-face meetings and webinars for the ELCs in these states to develop expertise and guide implementation of the CCSS.  

Because many of the materials and resources produced through this partnership are applicable to any state implementing the CCSS, NMSI is now providing access to the PARCC open-source learning management system to educators across the country.  Additional materials and resources will continue to be released through the 2014-2015 school year.

“We are excited to be able to provide teachers and administrators with resources that target the Common Core State Standards.  This growing repository of tools will provide resources for successful implementation of the standards and assessments,” said Sara Martinez Tucker, NMSI President and CEO. “Common Core instructional resources focus on strategies for building higher-order thinking, effective communication, and problem solving skills in the context of the discipline.”

Released materials are organized under the following strands:

·      PARCC Updates (e.g., Assessment and implementation)
·      Curricular Tools (e.g., Model Content Frameworks, Tri-State Rubric, etc.)
·      Instructional Resources (e.g., Using literary and informational texts, moving from single to multiple standards in mathematic instruction, science and social studies literacy, etc.,)
·      Diverse Student Populations (e.g., Strategies for English Language Learners and Gifted and Talented Students, Testing Accommodations for students with disabilities, etc.,)
·      Higher Education (e.g., College and Career Ready Determination, Models for pre-service teacher training, etc.,)
·      Leadership (e.g., Administrator resources, state updates, etc.,)

To access these resources, educators will need to go to http://nms.org/Resources/CommonCore.  They will click on the “Get Free Resources” button and asked to create a profile.  Educators will then have unlimited access to these resources and all new open resources developed for PARCC by NMSI, ELC state team members, and PARCC staff members. Additional, free classroom-ready lessons are also available on the NMSI website.

NMSI encourages schools to share this link in the resources and/or quick links section of their website.

About National Math and Science Initiative:  NMSI, a non-profit organization, was launched in 2007 to transform math and science education in the United States.  NMSI has gained national recognition for training K-12 teachers across the country to inspire students to succeed in math, science and English classes as well as recruiting more college students to become dedicated math and science teachers through the UTeach program.  The NMSI Teacher Training program has trained over 60,000 teachers to deliver more rigorous lessons in the classroom and was selected by PARCC as a premier partner to deliver common core teacher training. NMSI’s AP program – which includes intensive training for teachers, open enrollment, additional study sessions for students and incentives for success – is increasing achievement in 462 schools in 18 states. NMSI works with the University of Texas UTeach Institute to expand the UTeach program which is now in 35 universities in 17 states.

For more information, visit www.nms.org.

Media contact: Mary Ortiz, mortiz@nms.org, 214-346-1245
*AP and Advanced Placement Program are registered trademarks of the College Board.

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Open Source training and tools for Common Core!

I have been waiting to let the world know that the great content created by the team at NMSI is available to ALL EDUCATORS!!  PLEASE - help us spread the word - too cool not to share with anyone wanting to raise standards in their classrooms -


Newly Released Common Core Resources and Materials
Are Now Available to All Teachers

National Math and Science Initiative is providing teachers unlimited access to the PARCC open-source learning management system

DALLAS – The National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI), a non-profit organization launched in 2007 to transform math and science education in the United States, announced today that they will make Common Core State Standards (CCSS) resources available to all teachers with unlimited access.

In 2012, the National Math and Science Initiative was selected to partner with the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) to launch the Educator Leader Cadres (ELCs) initiative.  PARCC is a 22 state consortium working collectively to design and develop a common set of next-generation K-12 assessments in math and English anchored in what it takes to be college and career ready. 

The PARCC Educator Leader Cadres (ELCs) help each state build and expand the number of educators who understand, support and feel ownership of the successful implementation of the CCSS and PARCC assessments.  NMSI has hosted face-to-face meetings and webinars for the ELCs in these states to develop expertise and guide implementation of the CCSS.  

Because many of the materials and resources produced through this partnership are applicable to any state implementing the CCSS, NMSI is now providing access to the PARCC open-source learning management system to educators across the country.  Additional materials and resources will continue to be released through the 2014-2015 school year.

“We are excited to be able to provide teachers and administrators with resources that target the Common Core State Standards.  This growing repository of tools will provide resources for successful implementation of the standards and assessments,” said Sara Martinez Tucker, NMSI President and CEO. “Common Core instructional resources focus on strategies for building higher-order thinking, effective communication, and problem solving skills in the context of the discipline.”

Released materials are organized under the following strands:

·      PARCC Updates (e.g., Assessment and implementation)
·      Curricular Tools (e.g., Model Content Frameworks, Tri-State Rubric, etc.)
·      Instructional Resources (e.g., Using literary and informational texts, moving from single to multiple standards in mathematic instruction, science and social studies literacy, etc.,)
·      Diverse Student Populations (e.g., Strategies for English Language Learners and Gifted and Talented Students, Testing Accommodations for students with disabilities, etc.,)
·      Higher Education (e.g., College and Career Ready Determination, Models for pre-service teacher training, etc.,)
·      Leadership (e.g., Administrator resources, state updates, etc.,)

To access these resources, educators will need to go to http://nms.org/Resources/CommonCore.  They will click on the “Get Free Resources” button and asked to create a profile.  Educators will then have unlimited access to these resources and all new open resources developed for PARCC by NMSI, ELC state team members, and PARCC staff members. Additional, free classroom-ready lessons are also available on the NMSI website.

NMSI encourages schools to share this link in the resources and/or quick links section of their website.

About National Math and Science Initiative:  NMSI, a non-profit organization, was launched in 2007 to transform math and science education in the United States.  NMSI has gained national recognition for training K-12 teachers across the country to inspire students to succeed in math, science and English classes as well as recruiting more college students to become dedicated math and science teachers through the UTeach program.  The NMSI Teacher Training program has trained over 60,000 teachers to deliver more rigorous lessons in the classroom and was selected by PARCC as a premier partner to deliver common core teacher training. NMSI’s AP program – which includes intensive training for teachers, open enrollment, additional study sessions for students and incentives for success – is increasing achievement in 462 schools in 18 states. NMSI works with the University of Texas UTeach Institute to expand the UTeach program which is now in 35 universities in 17 states.

For more information, visit www.nms.org.