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Catching up with Tracy Epp, NMSI’s new EVP and COO

We recently sat down with Tracy Epp, NMSI’s executive vice president and chief operating officer, to ask her about her new role with NMSI. Ready to learn what keeps her up at night? Read on!   What about this role excites you? The opportunity to increase NMSI’s impact for more students across the country, and more specifically increasing the quality of our impact. I would really like to dig into how to meaningfully incorporate all three of our core programs into our partner schools to ensure that our students have the highest ...

If I could write the headlines for STEM…

This is a guest blog by Karen Peterson, CEO and Founder, National Girls Collaborative Project “Students and STEM: We Have a Lot of Work To Do.” That’s the headline we should never gloss over, no matter how many times we see it written.  A few months ago, the National Assessment Governing Board (NAGB), the organization that administers the “Nation’s Report Card,” released the results of the inaugural Technology and Engineering Literacy (TEL) assessment, administered in 2014. The results of this assessment confirmed that our most persistent gaps, those connected to ...

National Math + Science Initiative Deepens Team

New Roles, Structure Will Rapidly Enhance Impact on Student Achievement DALLAS, TX (August 17, 2016) — The National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI) is pleased to appoint Tracy Epp as its new executive vice president and chief operating officer, an addition that accompanies a larger team restructure that will allow the national nonprofit to leverage unprecedented recent growth and meet ambitious goals to boost student achievement across the country. Epp will report to NMSI CEO, Matthew Randazzo.  “Tracy’s expertise in teaching and learning as well as the planning, implementation and scaling ...

Going for gold

NMSI explores ways to turn the summer Olympics into teachable moments. We often watch the Olympics for fun, but savvy teachers and parents turn the games into valuable teaching moments. Real-world examples within the Olympics can be used to help kids understand STEM topics, and applied to everyday situations to boost understanding. Events can even be recreated and turned into teachable moments with homemade experiments. Ready to get started? Read on! On your mark… get set… go: Graphs and statistics in real life How much time does it take to become ...

Texas Instruments, National Math and Science Initiative Celebrate 16 Year Partnership

  The Texas Instruments (TI) Foundation announced today that it will continue its 16-year partnership with the National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI) in the 2016-17 school year. Through its grant, which works to improve K-12 STEM education, the TI Foundation will award $1.1 million to NMSI to expand the College Readiness Program (CRP). “At TI we truly believe we can change the world with education.” said Andy Smith, executive director of the TI Foundation. “NMSI is changing the lives of students in the communities that TI is a part of, ...

Beat the Heat: Summer Reading Books to Chill Out With

This is a guest post by Aubrey Ludwig, the English Director at The National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI). The end of summer may be closer than we care to admit, but there is still plenty of time to make the most of what is left. One of the best ways to do so is to catch up on summer reading. Diving into a good book can help stretch our thinking, teach us something new or transport us to another place. The list below is a diverse offering of books that ...

Teachers prepare to go back to school at Dallas APSI

More than 400 high school Advanced Placement® math, science and English teachers representing 52 school districts from coast to coast attended the Dallas-based National Math and Science Initiative’s AP Summer Institute (APSI) at MacArthur High School in Irving this week. Read on to see what teachers from around the country had to say about their experience!   Christal Wilson AP Language Teacher Renaissance High School Detroit, MI  “APSI has been a wonderful experience. The materials we are provided are the best that I’ve ever seen at a teacher training and are easy to translate to ...

Florida Governor Scott Announces Grant Supporting NMSI’s CRP for Military Families

Yesterday, Florida Governor Rick Scott announced additional support for the National Math Science Initiative (NMSI) in Bay and Clay Counties through the Florida Defense Support Task Force Grant Program to help improve student performance for military children. This grant leverages over $10 million already provided for Florida’s military children across the state and works in conjunction with existing Department of Education programs to further support the children of our nation’s military members. You can read more about the award on Governor Scott’s website and at FloridaPolitics.com.

450 Teachers Head Back to the Classroom for Training in Baton Rouge

Many teachers treat their summer vacation as just that: vacation. But this week, more than 450 elementary, middle and high school teachers took a vacation from their vacation, returning to the classroom to participate in fun, hands-on training in math, science and English instructional strategies as part of NMSI’s Laying the Foundation Teacher Training Program. LTF teacher training, led by a national corps of expert classroom teachers, is designed to arm teachers in grades 3-12 with resources and strategies they can implement in their classrooms to engage students, and enhance ...

NMSI CEO Matthew Randazzo on the Civil Rights Data Collection Survey Results

Yesterday, the U.S. Education Department released its 2013-2014 Civil Rights Data Collection survey results, covering more than 95,000 schools and 50 million students. Among the results: Black and Latino students make up 38 percent of those enrolled at schools that offer AP courses — but less than a third of students taking AP courses. Similar disparities were found in advanced math and science courses like chemistry, physics, algebra II and calculus.   “The Education Department’s 2013-2014 Civil Rights Data Collection survey results, released yesterday, aren’t just disappointing—they should make us queasy. Among the most ...

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