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Author: Anna Gruber

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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. 


Schools completing first year of NMSI support see number of qualifying AP scores go up by 10 times the national average Schools that complete the first year of the National Math and Science Initiative’s College Readiness Program see the number of qualifying Advanced Placement® scores in math, science and English increase by an average of 67 percent, based on data from the College Board. The increase at NMSI-supported schools is more than 10 times the average annual increase. NMSI’s three-year College Readiness Program has expanded access to rigorous AP® classes in more ...

Teacher of the Month: Brian Abramowitz

    NMSI’s Teacher of the Month is a new series that celebrates our amazing teachers, consultants and mentors for their work in and out of the classroom. In February, we sat down with Brian Abramowitz, an AP Biology teacher at Uplift Luna Preparatory in Dallas, to hear his thoughts on science education and how he inspires his students. What inspired you to become a teacher? The reason I became a teacher is far less inspirational as the reason I continue to teach. I continue to teach because there’s always more to ...

Students find inspiration in stories from “Hidden Figures,” math and science professionals

More than 300 St. Louis Public School sophomores spoke with leaders from The Boeing Co., Pfizer, Inc. and Monsanto Co. about college and career opportunities in science, technology, engineering and math fields after watching a special screening of the critically acclaimed, box office hit “Hidden Figures.” “We all need role models who show us that we can succeed in any field that sparks our passion and imagination,” said SLPS Superintendent Kelvin R. Adams, Ph.D. “It’s especially important to see women and people of color in math and science fields because ...

Telling the stories of black STEM pioneers

 Throughout the month NMSI has told the stories of black pioneers in math and science fields who continue to pave the way for future generations of STEM professionals. These groundbreaking individuals have done everything from sending a man into space to dedicating their lives to encouraging other black students to follow in their paths. Below, we tell the stories of just a few individuals to celebrate this month and beyond.  Bernard Harris, a NMSI board member, became the first African-American to walk in space in 1995. During his spacewalk, Harris ...

Hundreds of St. Louis Students will touch the stars at ‘Hidden Figures’ screening

More than 300 high school sophomores who attend St. Louis Public Schools will join the National Math and Science Initiative and local industry leaders on Thursday, Feb. 23, for a screening of the critically acclaimed film “Hidden Figures” and a discussion about college and career opportunities in science, technology, engineering and math. Representatives from Boeing, Pfizer and Monsanto will be among the industry leaders sharing their experiences and answering questions from the students. The students are sophomores at Soldan International Studies High School, Clyde C. Miller Career Academy, and ...

Celebrate the Silent Heroes of Black History Month

Crystal Ward is a former principal from Kansas City, Mo. She now works with 10 urban and rural school districts in eight states to expand NMSI’s proven College Readiness Program. My parents instilled in me the importance of acknowledging and reflecting on black history all year long. Because of that, I grew up with a strong awareness of African Americans’ many contributions. This month-long celebration is an opportunity to challenge ourselves and others to reflect on how African Americans have helped shape our country and to learn from their experiences. ...

Celebrating influential women in STEM

Women have made great strides in the past 100 years. From winning the right to vote to becoming major political figures, women have left their mark across history. Despite these accomplishments, women are still falling behind in efforts to narrow the gap in STEM jobs according the US News/ Raytheon STEM Index. Women are earning more STEM degrees each year but are struggling to keep up with their male counterparts. As we look to the future and strive the close the gender gap, it is important to take a ...

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