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#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, ...

NMSI’s 2014 Annual Report: Celebrating Seven Years of Serving Students and Teachers

NMSI is proud to announce the release of our 2014 Annual Report. This past year, our programs achieved record-breaking Advanced Placement performance in our partner schools; expanded the infrastructure for recruiting new highly qualified math and science teachers; and strengthened the content knowledge and instructional skills of thousands of existing educators from elementary school through high school. The report reflects on how far we have come as we work to inspire, engage, and empower all students to succeed in today’s knowledge economy; it also recognizes the generous contributions of ...

Partner School in Alabama Makes it to Samsung Contest Finals

Students at Alabama’s Lawrence County High School, an A+ College Ready school, are taking steps to protect their community against chikungunya, a painful mosquito-borne viral disease that causes fever and joint pain lasting from a few days to months. For years, experts have warned that global travel and climate warming could create the right conditions for the virus to spread to the Americas from countries in Asia and Africa. BeLinda Cross, a chemistry and environmental science teacher at Lawrence County High School, learned about chikungunya at an event hosted by ...

Matthew Randazzo Named Interim CEO of National Math and Science Initiative

The National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI) announced today that it is naming Matthew Randazzo as interim chief executive officer. Its current CEO, Sara Martinez Tucker was recently appointed to the University of Texas Board of Regents and will be stepping down to focus her activities and responsibilities on serving higher education in Texas.   Tucker’s appointment is a testament to her lifelong commitment to improving educational opportunities for students both in the state of Texas, and nationwide. NMSI is very proud and offers her our heartfelt congratulations on this honor.    NMSI’s ...

Pi Day Activities for Your Classroom

March 14 is almost here, the day when we celebrate pi, the essential mathematical symbol that represents the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter. Pi has been known to humanity for more than 4,000 years, but the first Pi Day celebration wasn’t held until 1988, when the San Francisco Exploratorium physicist Larry Shaw hosted a public party celebrating the never-ending number with pie and a symbolic group march around a circular room. The idea caught on, and now Pi Day is celebrated around the United States and ...

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