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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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The Stats Behind the Bats

  As the NMSI team kicks off summer, we are excited to have a new cadre of interns joining us. In the coming weeks, we'll share their viewpoints on math, science, education and what they are learning from their internships. Today we hear from Nathan Mathai, our marketing and communications intern joining us from Furman University in South Carolina, about the math behind a favorite summer sport.  Baseball has always been America’s favorite summer pastime. We love the smell of fresh-cut grass and singing along with the national anthem. We love ...

NMSI Partner School Named a 2015 California Gold Ribbon School

Congratulations to Junipero Serra High School in San Diego for receiving a 2015 Gold Ribbon Award from the California Department of Education in recognition of their outstanding Advanced Placement® success in partnership with NMSI’s College Readiness Program. As part of its commitment to provide rigorous, relevant standards-based curriculum that will prepare their students for success in the 21st century workforce, the school adopted the College Readiness Program in the 2013-14 school year. In Serra High School’s first year in the program, it recorded the highest percentage increase in qualifying math ...

Only for the Brave: Reflections from the Ninth Annual UTeach Conference

Our development manager, Stephanie Markman, shares her reflections on the Ninth Annual UTeach Conference, which was held May 19-21 in Austin, Texas. In his keynote address of the Ninth Annual UTeach Conference, Robert Krulwich, co-host of NPR’s Radiolab, pronounced to a room full of educators and students, “This is not work for the un-brave.” While few may think of teaching science or math as work that requires bravery, he was absolutely right. The work of teaching science and math and the work of preparing excellent teachers requires ingenuity, passion, expertise, adaptability ...

A Military Mom Advocates for NMSI

Congress designated May as National Military Appreciation Month based on the simple idea that our citizens should have the opportunity to publicly recognize the sacrifices and successes of American service members, past and present. Supporting military families by providing their children with the best possible educational opportunities is an important part of our mission at NMSI. During the month, we are highlighting perspectives of educators, active and retired service members and members of military families on the intersection of military life and STEM education. Today Linda Grismer, M.D., a military spouse ...

On the Importance of STEM Education to the Office of Naval Research

Congress designated May as National Military Appreciation Month based on the simple idea that our citizens should have the opportunity to publicly recognize the sacrifices and successes of American service members, past and present. Supporting military families by providing their children with the best possible educational opportunities is an important part of our mission at NMSI. During the month, we are highlighting perspectives of educators, active and retired service members and members of military families on the intersection of military life and STEM education. Today, we hear from Dr. Michael ...

Seven Schools, Eight APs, Infinite Possibilities

Congress designated May as National Military Appreciation Month based on the simple idea that our citizens should have the opportunity to publicly recognize the sacrifices and successes of American service members, past and present. Supporting military families by providing their children with the best possible educational opportunities is an important part of our mission at NMSI. During the month, we are highlighting perspectives of educators, active and retired service members and members of military families on the intersection of military life and STEM education. Today, we share the story of ...

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