PIC Math – Preparation for Industrial Careers in Mathematical Sciences

From http://www.maa.org/programs/faculty-and-departments/pic-math

What is PIC Math?

PIC Math prepares mathematical sciences students for industrial careers by engaging them in research problems that come directly from industry.

The PIC Math program aims to:

  • Increase awareness among mathematical sciences faculty and undergraduates about non-academic career options.
  • Provide research experience working on real problems from business, industry and government.
  • Prepare students for industrial careers.

A strong component of PIC Math involves students working as a group on a semester-long undergraduate research problem from business, industry, or government. Undergraduate research is a high impact teaching and learning practice and has been shown to improve students abilities in:

  • Problem solving
  • Critical thinking
  • Independent thinking
  • Communicating

All these traits and skills are valued by employers of STEM professionals. PIC Math will supply faculty with tools to offer students experiences designed to better prepare them for the demands that accompany non-academic jobs.


Want to Reduce the Teacher Shortage? Treat Teachers Like Professionals

From http://neatoday.org/2015/08/26/want-to-reduce-the-teacher-shortage-treat-teachers-like-professionls/?utm_source=nea_today_express&utm_medium=email&utm_content=teacher_shortage&utm_campaign=150916neatodayexpress

Want to Reduce the Teacher Shortage? Treat Teachers Like Professionals

By Tim Walker

All of a sudden everybody is talking about the teacher shortage, thanks in large part to a recent article in The New York Times that examined the desperate measures districts are taking – including dropping certification requirements – to fill vacancies. Too many pink slips were given out during the recession, the economy is improving, the teacher pool is dry, so we need to recruit, recruit, recruit. End of story? Not so fast, says Richard Ingersoll, professor of education and sociology at the University of Pennsylvania. Ingersoll, who has been tracking the teacher profession for years, recently spoke with NEA Today about the nuances behind the teacher shortage narrative and why we need to turn the spotlight on keeping good teachers in the classroom.

Testing doesn’t measure up for Americans

From: http://pdkpoll2015.pdkintl.org/highlights

Testing doesn’t measure up for Americans

Americans look beyond testing when they evaluate schools.

Student engagement at school and whether students feel hopeful about their future are far better factors to consider when evaluating schools than using standardized test scores, according to the results of the 47th annual PDK/Gallup Poll of the Public’s Attitudes Toward the Public Schools.

Poll: Americans Want Less Standardized Testing and More School Funding

From http://neatoday.org/2015/08/23/poll-americans-want-less-standardized-testing-and-more-school-funding/?utm_source=nea_today_express&utm_medium=email&utm_content=pdk_poll&utm_campaign=150916neatodayexpress

Poll: Americans Want Less Standardized Testing and More School Funding

By Tim Walker

Whether it’s used as a tool to measure student progress or evaluate teachers, standardized testing continues to fall out of favor with the majority of the American public. According to the 2015 PDK/Gallup Survey of the Public’s Attitudes Toward the Public Schools, 64 percent of Americans (and 67 percent of public school parents) say there is “too much emphasis on testing.” Only 14 percent rated standardized testing as a “very important ” factor in measuring school effectiveness, and 55 percent (66 percent of parents) oppose test scores being used to evaluate teacher performance.

100 new world-class internships, now open for Greek American students

100 new world-class internships, now open for Greek American students

Dear friends,

Do you know a bright Greek American student who would want to be one of 100 students who will undertake paid internships in cities around the world — including New York, Miami, London, Athens, Beijing and Buenos Aires — through the Libra Internship Program this year?
Since 2011, we have worked closely with the Libra Group to select talented students with proven leadership potential for this program. This is an outstanding opportunity for Greek American students, and one that we are very proud to make available to our next generation students.*

These internships provide students interested in a wide range of fields — from finance, marketing, administration and the law, to non-profit, research, analytics, IT and HR — the chance to get real-world working experience in one of the Libra Group’s 30 subsidiaries around the world in shipping, aviation, hospitality, real estate, and renewable energy, and investments, as part of a program that includes strong mentoring and buddy components to make sure students make the most of their experience.

Applications are now being accepted for the Libra Summer 2016 Internship Program, so if you know any smart Greek American college students who’d be interested, please share this announcement with them or their families today!

Thanks for your help getting the word out about this great opportunity — and for all you do to help the next generation connect with opportunities like these.

Leon Stavrou

Executive Director
The Next Generation Initiative
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* FOR GREEK AMERICAN STUDENTS INTERESTED IN APPLYING: When you apply, make sure to indicate that you heard about the internship through the Next Generation Initiative on your application. With an established track record of past interns who have had outstanding internship experiences, we know that applications from qualified and motivated next generation students will be warmly welcomed. If you are not already registered with us as next generation student, please make sure to register by clicking here — to make sure that your application for the Libra Internship Program receives the appropriate endorsement.