National Institute for STEM Education is a Finalist in Three Categories in the 2021 EdTech Awards
Houston, TX – The National Institute for STEM Education (NISE) is a Cool Tool Award finalist in three categories of the 2021 EdTech Awards. Celebrating its 11th year, the U.S.-based awards program is the largest recognition program in all of education technology.

In the EdTech Cool Tool Awards, NISE Micro Certificates are a finalist for “badging/credentialing solution,” earning recognition in the category for the second year in a row. The National Certificate for STEM Teaching (NCST) is a finalist in the “professional development learning solution” category for the third consecutive year. In addition, the STEM-Focused Graduate Programs from American College of Education (ACE) and NISE are a finalist in the “higher education solution” category...
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National Institute for STEM Education Micro Certificates Win Tech & Learning Award of Excellence
Houston, TX – National Institute for STEM Education (NISE) Micro Certificates have won a 2020 Tech & Learning Award of Excellence. The Micro Certificates, which include the Teaching Online Essentials certificate and STEM Essentials certificate, captured the award in the Enterprise category.

The Awards of Excellence celebrate standout products in education technology and their contribution to educators across the country. Judged by tech-savvy educators with first-hand experience in the industry, products are evaluated on their uniqueness in the market, ability to help schools solve a problem, price value, and suitability for use...
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Launching a STEM Academy
Houston, TX – National trends show the STEM job market is increasing exponentially. Students, however, are not always prepared to pursue those careers. In Lewisville ISD (LISD), our goal is that all of our students enjoy thriving, productive lives, and we want to make sure the programs we create are preparing them for that future.

To help us create programs that provide rich learning opportunities for students, LISD surveyed parents and found that the vast majority wanted to see an increase in STEM programming. These factors led to the district designing and developing its first STEM Academy. The following are a few strategies we have implemented to make our vision for STEM teaching and learning a reality.

We began preparing for the opening of the first STEM Academy at Donald Elementary about 18 months in advance, working with campus leaders, teachers, parents, and the community. We wanted to assure our community that our STEM Academy would be built on research and best practices in STEM, so we initiated a partnership with the National Institute for STEM Education (NISE) in 2017...
Teaching Online Essentials: National Institute for STEM Education Introduces Micro Certificates Focused on Virtual Teaching Skills
Houston, TX – While a majority of educators say schools should stay closed to slow the spread of COVID-19, they also say they are less effective working from home, according to a new EdWeek Research Center coronavirus-focused survey. In addition, less than half of teachers say they have taught live, interactive classes during closures, which is raising questions about what teaching will look like in the fall. To help K-12 teachers enhance their virtual teaching skills, the National Institute for STEM Education (NISE) has introduced a series of Micro Certificates called Teaching Online Essentials.

Teaching Online Essentials includes eight online courses that focus on how to implement evidence-based, hands-on strategies in the virtual classroom. Priced at $39, each three-hour course can be completed anytime, anywhere. Teachers who complete two courses in a specific area of practice earn a Micro Certificate. The four Micro Certificates are: Establishing the Virtual Classroom, Building Community in the Virtual Classroom, Achieving 21st Century Outcomes in the Virtual Classroom, and Implementing Meaningful Assessment in the Virtual Classroom...

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