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NMSI Partners with Louisiana Department of Education on Teacher Training

NMSI is proud to partner with the Louisiana Department of Education (LDOE) to provide our nationally recognized Laying the Foundation teacher training to thousands of English Language Arts educators across the state this summer. The Louisiana Teacher Leader Summit, which will be held June 4-5 in New Orleans, will bring together approximately 5,000 outstanding educators and content experts from across Louisiana to share their knowledge and develop new skills as they prepare for the coming school year. These teacher leaders are dedicated to fostering high expectations for students at public ...

Growing up in a Military Family

In recognition of National Military Appreciation Month, we are sharing stories that highlight the importance of ensuring a consistently high-quality education for military-connected kids at schools from coast to coast. Today, we’re featuring a Q&A with our own KJ Judie, who recently joined the NMSI family as part of our IT team. As the child of a 26-year military veteran, KJ is uniquely familiar with the issues facing the more than 2 million children of service members across the United States today. Tell us about your background growing up in ...

Past and Purpose Intersect in the Classroom for a Former Military Kid

Congress designated May as National Military Appreciation Month based on a 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’ll be highlighting perspectives of educators, active and retired service members, and members of military families on the intersection of military life, education and cultivating STEM talent. Today, we hear ...

Supporting the Mission at Home

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’ll be 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 Marcus ...

#ThankATeacher: Encouragement to Find My Voice

In celebration of Teacher Appreciation Week (May 4 – 8), we’re saying ‘thank you’ to the extraordinary people who work so hard to inspire student success, even beyond the classroom walls.  We asked NMSI team members to reflect on some of the amazing teachers who have made a difference in their lives. To close the week, we hear from our interim CEO Matthew Randazzo about his high school debate coach, Mrs. Strand. We invite you to tell us your story about a great teacher who touched your life in ...

#ThankATeacher: Two Model Teachers

In celebration of Teacher Appreciation Week (May 4 – 8), we’re saying ‘thank you’ to the extraordinary people who work so hard to inspire student success, even beyond the classroom walls.  We asked NMSI team members to reflect on some of the amazing teachers who have made a difference in their lives. Today, our statistics content specialist Curtis Brown tells us about Mr. Eck and Mr. Campbell, two teachers who challenged him in the classroom and inspired him to become an educator himself. Throughout the week, we’ll continue to tell our ...

#ThankATeacher: My First Literary Matchmaker

In celebration of Teacher Appreciation Week (May 4 – 8), we’re saying ‘thank you’ to the extraordinary people who work so hard to inspire student success, even beyond the classroom walls.  We asked NMSI team members to reflect on some of the amazing teachers who have made a difference in their lives. Today, our English director Michelle Stie tells us about Mr. Simmons, the teacher who sparked her love of literature. Throughout the week, we’ll continue to tell our stories and we invite you to add your own in ...

#ThankATeacher: The Most Important Bus Ride

In celebration of Teacher Appreciation Week (May 4 – 8), we’re saying ‘thank you’ to the extraordinary people who work so hard to inspire student success, even beyond the classroom walls.  We asked NMSI team members to reflect on some of the amazing teachers who have made a difference in their lives. Today, our brand manager Elliot Mayen shares his memories of his first-grade teacher Ms. Gomez. Throughout the week, we’ll continue to tell our stories and we invite you to add your own in the comments section below. I ...

#ThankATeacher: Math (and Life) Lessons for an English Nerd

In celebration of Teacher Appreciation Week (May 4 – 8), we’re saying ‘thank you’ to the extraordinary people who work so hard to inspire student success, even beyond the classroom walls.  We asked NMSI team members to reflect on some of the amazing teachers who have made a difference in their lives. Today, our grants manager Stephanie Markman, a former classroom teacher herself, tells us about Mrs. Bargsley — her 11th grade statistics teacher at Amarillo High School.  Throughout the week, we’ll continue to share our stories and we ...

Movie Review: 'Most Likely to Succeed' Questions Our Education System, Offers Alternative

Last week, the NMSI team attended a screening of the documentary Most Likely to Succeed at the Dallas International Film Festival. The film sparked great discussion around our office about the effectiveness of American public schools in educating today’s children for the future. We asked our Brand Manager, Elliot Mayen, to weigh in on the conversation. Here are his thoughts on the film: At a panel discussion following a recent screening of "Most Likely to Succeed", executive producer Ted Dintersmith summarized his reason for underwriting the film: “…within ten years time, ...

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