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All access pass to success

The 2016-17 school year has officially begun. Teachers and students from coast to coast have returned to the classroom, and are now diligently working towards succeeding in advanced coursework with support from NMSI’s College Readiness Program. This summer, Kim Leary, NMSI’s senior advisor to the CEO, joined NMSI staff at trainings in St. Louis, MO, and Houston, TX. While there, she spoke with teachers and students, gathering feedback about the work NMSI is doing in their schools and the difference NMSI programs make as students dream of their futures. ...

Spotlight on English: Banned Books and the Freedom to Read

This week (September 26 – 30) is Banned Books Week – an annual event hosted by the American Library Association (ALA) to celebrate the freedom to seek and to express ideas through books - even those sometimes considered unorthodox or unpopular. To join the celebration, NMSI’s English team has pulled together a list of their favorite banned and challenged books to add to your reading list. Darkness at Noon by Arthur Koestler was published in 1940 and is a critique of Stalin's police state. “It is one of my ...

Championing literacy for all

This is a guest post by Aubrey Ludwig, NMSI’s English director.   Last week marked the 50th anniversary of International Literacy Day. This day celebrates the opportunities that come from being able to read and reminds us that improving literacy education does more than just teach people to decipher text on a page. Reading is a necessity that helps us navigate our personal and professional lives. As such, we can easily forget how elemental the act of reading is to even the simplest daily tasks and chores, from grocery shopping to ...

Teachers’ Words of Wisdom: How to make it a great year in your AP classroom

The NMSI network is growing! This fall approximately 185 new schools will benefit from NMSI’s College Readiness Program (CRP), expanding NMSI’s network to over 1,000 partner schools across 34 states. As we head back to the classroom, NMSI staff and teachers took a moment to share their favorite back to school advice for Advanced Placement® (AP®) teachers, especially for those who may be leading an AP class for the first time. Leesville, LA, High School Principal Tamela Phillips, a NMSI CRP for Military Families school serving Fort Polk, echoed NMSI’s ...

You spotted NMSI!

This summer teachers across the country came together at NMSI training sessions to build new skills and learn strategies to boost student achievement in their classrooms all year long. We asked participants to #spotNMSI and tell us about their experience. They had a lot of great things to say!   Click here to see our Storify story about summer trainings. 

Catching up with Tracy Epp, NMSI’s new EVP and COO

We recently sat down with Tracy Epp, NMSI’s executive vice president and chief operating officer, to ask her about her new role with NMSI. Ready to learn what keeps her up at night? Read on!   What about this role excites you? The opportunity to increase NMSI’s impact for more students across the country, and more specifically increasing the quality of our impact. I would really like to dig into how to meaningfully incorporate all three of our core programs into our partner schools to ensure that our students have the highest ...

If I could write the headlines for STEM…

This is a guest blog by Karen Peterson, CEO and Founder, National Girls Collaborative Project “Students and STEM: We Have a Lot of Work To Do.” That’s the headline we should never gloss over, no matter how many times we see it written.  A few months ago, the National Assessment Governing Board (NAGB), the organization that administers the “Nation’s Report Card,” released the results of the inaugural Technology and Engineering Literacy (TEL) assessment, administered in 2014. The results of this assessment confirmed that our most persistent gaps, those connected to ...

National Math + Science Initiative Deepens Team

New Roles, Structure Will Rapidly Enhance Impact on Student Achievement DALLAS, TX (August 17, 2016) — The National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI) is pleased to appoint Tracy Epp as its new executive vice president and chief operating officer, an addition that accompanies a larger team restructure that will allow the national nonprofit to leverage unprecedented recent growth and meet ambitious goals to boost student achievement across the country. Epp will report to NMSI CEO, Matthew Randazzo.  “Tracy’s expertise in teaching and learning as well as the planning, implementation and scaling ...

Going for gold

NMSI explores ways to turn the summer Olympics into teachable moments. We often watch the Olympics for fun, but savvy teachers and parents turn the games into valuable teaching moments. Real-world examples within the Olympics can be used to help kids understand STEM topics, and applied to everyday situations to boost understanding. Events can even be recreated and turned into teachable moments with homemade experiments. Ready to get started? Read on! On your mark… get set… go: Graphs and statistics in real life How much time does it take to become ...

Texas Instruments, National Math and Science Initiative Celebrate 16 Year Partnership

  The Texas Instruments (TI) Foundation announced today that it will continue its 16-year partnership with the National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI) in the 2016-17 school year. Through its grant, which works to improve K-12 STEM education, the TI Foundation will award $1.1 million to NMSI to expand the College Readiness Program (CRP). “At TI we truly believe we can change the world with education.” said Andy Smith, executive director of the TI Foundation. “NMSI is changing the lives of students in the communities that TI is a part of, ...

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