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NMSI Announces Expansion of College Readiness Program for Military Families

This morning as part of her Joining Forces Initiative, Dr. Jill Biden visited Escambia High School in Pensacola, Florida, to announce expanded support of children of service members and veterans by providing them access to the NMSI’s College Readiness Program for Military Families. By expanding the College Readiness Program, more military-connected schools will be able to provide their students with access to rigorous AP courses and support. This consistent, high-quality educational opportunities, will ensure the students’ competitiveness in college and beyond. With this expansion NMSI will now serve a network ...

Dr. Jill Biden to Visit Escambia High School

Second Lady of the United States Dr. Jill Biden is scheduled to speak about the National Math and Science Initiative’s (NMSI) College Readiness Program for Military Families on Friday at Escambia High School. During the event, Dr. Biden will be joined by Jason Silva, host of National Geographic Channel’s Brain Games, for a series of scientific challenges between students from local high schools. In 2011, Dr. Biden and First Lady Michelle Obama introduced Joining Forces, a nationwide initiative calling all Americans to rally around service members, veterans, to their families and ...

Support Computer Science in Public Schools

This week, America’s top CEOs governors, and education leaders - including NMSI’s CEO Matthew Randazzo- have joined forces to ask Congress to support computer science in K-12 schools, lending their voices to stories in the Washington Post and Politico. At a time when every industry in every state is impacted by advances in computer technology, three-quarters of U.S. schools do not offer meaningful computer science courses. Instead, what is increasingly a basic skill is only available to the lucky few, leaving most students behind, particularly students of color and girls. Polls show that ...

Supporting Better Education for Military Children

Maintaining a consistent level of quality schooling for military children can be challenging, especially when the average military-connected student moves 6-9 times during their schooling career. Many NMSI team members have years of military experience or family who serve; we recognize the importance of ensuring consistent, quality education for the children of our nation’s military members and continue to tackle the challenge head-on. Charla Holzbog  Director of Mathematics “My son was in the Navy for four years. During this time it became evident to me the hardships on the families with ...


At NMSI, spring isn’t just about sunny weather, a new baseball season, and flowers blooming. It is a critical time for NMSI.  Stephanie Markman, Growth and Strategy Manager at NMSI shares an update on the work NMSI is doing with the i3 Scale-Up grant. Read it on Medium. 


Eight (8) more public high schools will participate in the ninth cohort of AdvanceKentucky, which supports schools in implementing the National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI) College Readiness Program (CRP). Today the Cohort 9 high schools being recognized before the Kentucky Board of Education are: Boyd County, Campbellsville Independent, Central (Jefferson County), Elizabethtown Independent, Fleming County, Mason County, Nelson County and Thomas Nelson (Nelson County). Among their 6,200 students, 53 percent are eligible for free/reduced lunch and 21 percent are minority (African American and Hispanic).   AdvanceKentucky provides content-rich teacher training and extensive support and incentives for students ...

Creating a Better Future for Military Students

Teachers serve as an important catalyst for students. They see and interact with them on a daily basis and often are an important deciding factor in a student’s education. For military students, their teachers can serve as an important stabilizer in their day to day lives. While students cope with deployment of parents and often times adjusting to a new school environment, it is important for their teachers to be equipped with the best tools that can help provide military connected students a consistent education. NMSI strives to provide ...

Celebrating the Month of the Military Child

  Transitions can be hard. Every student knows the stress of switching to a new school or class and the uncertainty that comes with it. For the nearly 2 million children of our service men and women these transitions come with the added stress of new locations and deployments. Children of military families can attend 6-9 different schools during the course of their schooling career, which can make having a consistent education difficult for those students. For some students, NMSI can serve as that constant. In April NMSI joins DoDEA and ...

NMSI CEO to Serve As Harrisburg University Commencement Speaker

One of the nation’s leading advocates for improving student and teacher effectiveness in science and math in communities around the country will serve as the speaker for the 2016 Commencement at Harrisburg University of Science and Technology, PA. Matthew Randazzo, CEO of the National Math and Science Initiative, will deliver the commencement address to the University’s Class of 2016 during the May 5th ceremony at the Forum Auditorium in Harrisburg. “Harrisburg University and the National Math and Science Initiative are two organizations devoted to increasing the number of graduates in ...

Sustainable Development for the Education Set

Matthew Randazzo, NMSI's CEO, recently published his second piece on the Huffington Post blog. The post provides insight into focusing on the power of rooting educational programs in local partnerships. Read what he had to say here. 

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