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NMSI CEO on Building the Workforce of the Future

In a recent article in The Digitalist Magazine, Shelly Dutton explains that success in today’s global, knowledge-based economy requires innovation that is quick, creative, and productive — and that to achieve this state, businesses need to acquire diverse skills and backgrounds. But first, the emerging workforce must access quality education that can help them build a skill set relevant to this highly digital world. “Fewer educated people, especially in STEM fields, will drive up labor costs by dramatically increasing competition for STEM-proficient workers and will further widen the opportunity gap ...

Pop Goes the Research Paper

Here at NMSI we strive to find ways to improve teaching and learning every day. Today Justin Conn, an english teacher in California, shares some ideas on how to make research papers more appealing, and relevant, to students. I am a wholly unapologetic consumer of popular culture. I read anything I can get my hands on – from The Atlantic to People, from Salon to US Weekly. My passion for pop culture lies not in the schadenfreude that often drives fascination with celebrities, but a curiosity at how the popular narrative of the ...

Matthew Randazzo Named CEO of National Math + Science Initiative

"Matthew is an exceptional leader who has already established an ambitious and exciting vision for NMSI’s future,” said Tom Luce, NMSI board chair and founding CEO. "In this pivotal time for our organization, he brings a track record in driving growth and cultivating partnerships, combined with deep expertise and knowledge of today’s education landscape. We are unanimous in our confidence that Matthew will guide NMSI successfully into its next phase of growth.” Randazzo joined NMSI in September 2014 as Chief Growth and Strategy Officer, responsible for planning and implementing NMSI’s external engagement ...

My First Teacher Training

“We are constant consumers of information and we strive to foster the same in our students.” This quote was scribbled on a giant sticky notepad in an AP English Language and Composition training session at a NMSI AP Summer Institute (APSI) I had the opportunity to attend last month – and it’s an apt summation of what I saw there. I got to witness a big part of what NMSI does “in the field” as I visited several of the classrooms at Birdville High School in North Richland Hills, Texas. ...

Summer Reading: The Smartest Kids in the World

Amanda Ripley’s examination of the achievement gap plaguing the United States is titled The Smartest Kids in the World. But a more apt title would be The Smartest School Systems in the World. The poor performance of American kids relative to their affluent peers in other countries, particularly in math, is not the fault of students, but of the school systems built by adults.   As a former teacher, I know that the decisions made by adults make all the difference for each kid sitting in the classroom. If the principal ...

From Soldier to Scientist

Every day, our team works with great teachers to ensure high-quality STEM learning along the educational continuum, and we love hearing stories of students discovering a passion for math and science inside the classroom. We also love hearing stories of how students discover a passion for STEM outside of the classroom. Today, we hear from Quinn Barrett, a graduate student studying cancer biology, about why he decided to pursue a career in science. My career as a scientist began in the Philippines five years ago. I was on my second ...

Dedicated Educator Pays It Forward

When Kenneth Brantley was asked to teach Advanced Placement® statistics at Oklahoma’s Pauls Valley High School last year, he was reluctant to accept the role. Though he had several years of experience successfully teaching calculus, he had never taught a statistics class. It was the first year the course was being offered at Pauls Valley, which was expanding AP® course offerings as it kicked off its first year of NMSI’s College Readiness Program. With reservations, Kenneth decided to take on the new teaching challenge. Soon after, he attended a NMSI ...

Meet our 2015 Interns

Summer 2015 is here and many fun and exciting things are happening around the NMSI office.  We have nine new faces running around the place and helping the NMSI staff with a variety of tasks. They have a range of interests and talents and we want to introduce them to you! What are your three favorite movies? “Pride & Prejudice” (adamantly only a fan of the 2005 Kiera Knightley version), “History the Story of U.S.,” and I’ve got to say “Pitch Perfect 2”! Describe Dallas traffic in three words. OK (I don’t drive ...

The Power of Partnerships in STEM

Last week, several members of the NMSI team joined educators, policymakers, journalists and nonprofit leaders to discuss the future of STEM education and industry at the U.S. News STEM Solutions Conference in San Diego.  During a session called "The Power of Partnerships: Supporting Student Achievement in STEM", NMSI Interim CEO Matthew Randazzo joined a panel of experts including Camylle Coley, senior advisor to the director for the Department of Basic Research Office (ByteCubed LLC) and Sarah Moynes, an AP® Biology teacher at San Diego's Serra High School.  The speakers highlighted how the ...

NMSI Teachers Are Spending the Summer Learning

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