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President Obama Celebrates Progress on Educate to Innovate STEM Campaign

In November 2009, President Obama launched the Educate to Innovate initiative—an all-hands-on-deck campaign to help more American students get inspired to excel in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) subjects. As part of that initiative—and the First Lady’s Joining Forces effort—NMSI has led a campaign to broaden access to and achievement in rigorous AP coursework in math, science and English to students of military families. This focus on military-connected students provides needed learning continuity for children whose parents may be re-assigned during the school year and helps ensure that ...

NMSI Welcomes New Executive Team Members

NMSI is pleased to welcome three new executives to its leadership team to support the organization’s overall mission of improving teacher effectiveness and student achievement in the critical subjects of science, technology, engineering and math. Matthew Randazzo has joined NMSI as Chief Growth and Strategy Officer; Richard S. Brown is Chief Research Officer; and Rick Doucette joins as Chief Information Officer. “We are thrilled that these three executives have joined our team to help shape NMSI’s future,” said Sara Martinez Tucker, CEO of NMSI.  “As we continue to expand ...

A Veteran’s Reflection on Serving Military Families and Students

This is a guest contribution by Mort Orlov, Vice President of NMSI’s College Readiness Program & Operations. After 23 years as an infantryman in the U.S. Army, my most enduring experience and memory is the weight of responsibility I felt for my soldier’s lives. But a veteran is more than a person who has served in the Army, Navy, Air Force or Marine Corps.  As a husband and father, I faced other persistent challenges including separation from family, frequent moves and planning for my children’s education. I moved more than ...

NMSI’s Partner Schools Across the Nation Celebrate AP Success

NMSI’s College Readiness Program continues to make a dramatic, positive impact in its partner schools across the nation, as evidenced by Advanced Placement® (AP®) exam results for the 2013-14 school year. Over the past several weeks, high schools across the country held celebratory events to honor the achievements of their students and teachers. Here are just a few of many successes highlighted by local media: NMSI’s two partner schools in Pittsburgh—Brashear High School and Pittsburgh Science & Technology Academy—celebrated their outstanding first-year results, pep-rally style, in ...

NMSI CEO on Celebrating Latinos in American Classrooms

Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America. According to NMSI CEO Sara Martinez Tucker, achievements of Latinos are not only those that we read or hear about in the media, but also extend to the important work that happens in American classrooms. In a commentary in the Fall 2014 issue of Latino Magazine, Tucker notes that we should also ask ...

National Math + Science Initiative Boosts College Readiness for More Than 13,000 Students Nationwide, Based on 2013-14 Advanced Placement* Exam Results

PRESS RELEASE SEPTEMBER 30, 2014 National Math + Science Initiative Boosts College Readiness for More Than 13,000 Students Nationwide, Based on 2013-14 Advanced Placement* Exam Results DALLAS – The National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI) boosted student enrollment in college-level math, science and English courses by more than 50,000 in the 2013-14 school year. Based on the most recent data from the College Board, NMSI’s College Readiness Program—working in just 566 schools—also raised the number of Advanced Placement* qualifying exam scores by more than 18,500 exams, representing more ...

Meet the Expert: Tooling Up for Back to School with Nancy Ramos

NMSI’s Meet the Expert series taps the expertise of our cadre of experienced teacher trainers and consultants, many of whom hold leadership roles in regional and national education organizations in addition to earning recognition for outstanding teaching in their own classrooms. We’ll call on these experts to share their experiences, challenges and lessons learned and to provide commentary on timely issues pertaining to STEM education and college readiness. In today’s post, we meet Nancy Ramos, who has been teaching biology for 37 years and serves as one of our AP* ...

Meet the Expert: Tooling Up for Back to School with Mary McDonald

NMSI’s Meet the Expert series taps the expertise of our cadre of experienced teacher trainers and consultants, many of whom hold leadership roles in regional and national education organizations in addition to earning recognition for outstanding teaching in their own classrooms. We’ll call on these experts to share their experiences, challenges and lessons learned and to provide commentary on timely issues pertaining to STEM education and college readiness. Today we meet Mary McDonald, one of our expert AP* consultants who currently teaches AP English Literature and Composition, in addition to ...

Meet the Expert: Tooling Up for Back to School with Benjy Wood

Welcome to NMSI’s Meet the Expert series, a new feature in which we tap the expertise of our cadre of experienced teacher trainers and consultants, many of whom hold leadership roles in regional and national education organizations in addition to earning recognition for outstanding teaching in their own classrooms. We’ll call on these experts to share their experiences, challenges and lessons learned and to provide commentary on timely issues pertaining to STEM education and college and career readiness. Today’s post is a Q&A with NMSI expert Benjy Wood, who helps ...

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Recognizes NMSI Efforts in Report

The United States will not be able to meet its workforce demands at the current STEM success rate. That’s according to the fourth edition of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Leaders and Laggards report series. Released today, the 2014 report is the latest state-by-state report card on the effectiveness of K-12 educational systems across the country. A good measure of student preparedness in STEM is the proportion of students receiving qualifying scores (three or higher on a five-point scale) on Advanced Placement (AP*) math and science exams. Based on data provided by ...

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