National Math + Science Initiative Blog


Breaking! Genius continues to inspire classrooms

Last night Genius premiered on the National Geographic channel. The new mini-series explores Albert Einstein’s life beyond his academic work. This series is a reminder of not only the man Einstein was, but also the lingering impact his work has today, including his influence on how students approach their classroom work.  Einstein was very much an advocate of creative thinking and the ways that philosophy could be applied to science. In fact, many believe that his musical hobbies served as an example of his belief that insight did not come solely from logic or mathematics, but instead ...

National Math and Science Initiative Presents Waynesville R-VI With $100,000 Grant

Key military, education and elected leaders, along with some 1,600 students, gathered Friday at Waynesville High School to celebrate a $100,000 grant from the National Math and Science Initiative. The grant, funded by the Department of Defense, provides Waynesville R-VI with the resources to continue its work in NMSI’s College Readiness Program for Military Families, which was implemented in school year 2014-15. Dr. Brian Henry, Waynesville R-VI superintendent, opened the celebration, saying, “Waynesville R-VI is No. 1 in the nation in the growth of AP® math, science and English qualifying ...

Detroit Students Prepare for Upcoming AP Tests with National Education Program

****** MEDIA ALERT ****** Detroit Students Prepare for Upcoming AP Tests with National Education Program Schools benefit from free expert-led study sessions, advanced teacher training  WHAT: More than 150 Detroit high school students will gather with expert teachers from around the region and across the country to prepare for the annual Advanced Placement® exams that could qualify them for free course credit at a wide range of U.S. colleges and universities. Students will take AP® exams May 1-12.   Students heading to the military or the workforce get college-level experience in problem ...

Shifting debate over school choice

The decades-long debate over school choice has divided educators, parents and policymakers alike and has largely focused on two well-worn arguments: “Students, and by extension our economy, are suffering because public schools on the whole are failing” and “Taking money from public schools only will increase the obstacles they face.” But there’s another aspect to the school choice conversation that both camps can support, says NMSI CEO Matthew Randazzo: Empower students to make choices about their own learning, in their own school. In a recent Huffington Post blog, Randazzo makes ...

Inconsistency in U.S. Education Impacts Military’s Readiness

By Marcus Lingenfelter   Uncertainty can be challenging for any student, especially when it relates to their families and their education. For the nearly 2 million students who have parents and guardians in the military service, uncertainty is a given in their everyday lives.   Because of their family members’ deployments, military-connected students can attend between six and nine schools during their primary and secondary education careers, making a consistently high quality education difficult to attain.   Service members continuously express concern about the quality of their children’s educational experiences, which often impact whether ...

Teacher of the Month: Allan Finch

NMSI’s Teacher of the Month celebrates our amazing teachers, consultants and mentors for their work in and out of the classroom. In April, we sat down with Allan Finch, an AP Physics teacher at Creative and Performing Arts High School in Pittsburgh, PA to hear how he is applying his real-world experiences as an architectural engineer to his classroom.   A roller coaster zooms past a student and comes to a stop. The student carefully examines the coaster, scribbles notes on a notepad and resets the experiment. This may sound ...

A boost in math and science education raises college and career prospects

Meria Joel Carstarphen, Atlanta Public Schools superintendent, and Matthew Randazzo, NMSI CEO, on partnering to expand access to rigorous course work  to APS students: "One of our highest priorities is not only ensuring that more of our students graduate from high school, but that they do so with the skills they need to be successful after graduation, whether they stay right here in Atlanta or take their talents and passions across the country." Read more on how NMSI and APS are partnering to ensure students success. 

Teacher of the Month: Cil Guerrero

NMSI’s Teacher of the Month celebrates our amazing teachers, consultants and mentors for their work in and out of the classroom. In March, we sat down with Cil Guerrero, an AP Calculus teacher at Bossier High School in Bossier, LA., to hear how she inspires her students. If you walk by Cil Guerrero’s classroom, you may hear the familiar sounds of “Hello” by Adele. Pay attention to the lyrics. Instead of belting out the phrases made famous by the pop star, Guerrero’s students sing such lines as, “In right Triangles, ...

Randazzo on The School Choice Debate

NMSI CEO Matthew Randazzo on school choice: "When we increase all students’ access and achievement in rigorous coursework, we mitigate the need to consider vouchers and other approaches meant to counter the prevailing lack of high quality education across the public school system." Read more on what he had to say in his latest Huffington Post article. 

Grubhub and the National Math + Science Initiative Partner Today to Support STEM Success

Grubhub, the nation’s leading takeout marketplace, today announced it is partnering with the National Math + Science Initiative (NMSI), an organization whose mission is to improve student performance in the critical subjects of STEM, in honor of Pi Day. Grubhub users will be empowered to give back to NMSI and show their support for STEM education by entering ‘PIDAY2017’ at checkout. When users do so, Grubhub will donate 3.14 percent of these users’ order totals to benefit NMSI, up to $40,000. As a technology company that values STEM education and ...

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