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STEM Success in Action! PSI and PMI in the News

Submitted by Sam at SMART on November 15, 2013 – 3:38 amNo Comment

SMART is a longtime admirer and sponsor of the  New Jersey Center for Teaching and Learning (NJCTL), an organization that developed their Progressive Science Initiative (PSI) and Progressive Mathematics Initiative (PMI) courses in a way that blends direct instruction with student-centered active discussion methods. We were so pleased for Dr. Bob Goodman and everyone on the NJCTL team when they informed us that “six of the top twelve New Jersey schools for Advanced Placement Physics B participation were schools who use the PSI program.”  It was also significant to discover that the PSI schools “served dramatically more students of color (70%) than the non-PSI schools (8%)” and that “PSI schools served more low-income students (61%) than non-PSI schools (4%).” The results for PSI schools in NJ signals that closing the STEM achievement gap is possible regardless of student background. Congratulations NJ students! And kudos to your teachers! You can read the full story here. PMI also received some recent attention in Colorado. Adams County School District 50’s use of PMI was showcased in a video on their website. The program’s encouragement of teamwork and problem-solving was highlighted as unique attributes of PMI that they hope will lead to future student success. Keep us posted!

About NJCTL New Jersey Center for Teaching and Learning (NJCTL) Progressive Science Initiative (PSI) was founded by Dr. Robert Goodman, 2006 New Jersey State Teacher of the Year and a teacher of science and engineering at the Bergen County Technical High School in Teterboro, New Jersey. Bob and the team then expanded PSI to include K-12 mathematics with the launch of the Progressive Mathematics Initiative (PMI). PSI and PMI content is available in SMART Notebook software format on the NJCTL website.

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