National Math + Science Initiative Blog


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

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 ...

I Support Educational Opportunities for Women Because of Students Like Samantha

NMSI’s  Ronda Brandon, Vice President of Teacher Development and Academic Strategy, responded to the First Lady’s Medium post“Together, We Are Stronger.” Read why she took the pledge to support educational opportunities for women on our Medium post. 

Randazzo on Meaningful Support for Students of Military Families

Matthew Randazzo, NMSI's CEO, recently published his a piece on the Huffington Post blog. The post provides insight on the steps the education community should focus on, as a whole, when it comes to providing meaningful educational support to military-connected students. Read what he had to say here.

Flying High: NMSI CEO Talks Innovative Workforces with Aerospace Industry Association

On Wednesday, NMSI CEO, Matthew Randazzo participated in a panel discussing how to build and maintain an innovative workforce panel at the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) 71st Annual Spring Board of Governors and Membership Meeting. During the panel Mr. Randazzo highlighted the success of several of NMSI’s partner schools that are being funded by AIA members such as Boeing, Northrop Grumman, Lockheed Martin and BAE systems. Through these partnerships, NMSI will meet its initial goal to reach 200 military-connected schools which support 75+ military instillations across 33 states; as a ...

White House Blog: Dr. Biden Celebrates Joining Forces Partnership with NMSI

With support from Joining Forces, the U.S. Department of Defense and a coalition of partners, NMSI will expand NMSI’s College Readiness Program for Military Families into 200 military-connected schools in 33 states across the country. Want to learn more about this exciting expansion and how it will better support military-connected students with access to rigorous AP courses and support? Click here to read the White House Blog about the expansion and the April 29th event held at at Escambia High School in Pensacola, Florida, where Dr. Jill Biden made ...

NMSI Celebrates Great Educators During Teacher Appreciation Week

Teachers are real life superheroes. Those who choose to teach have the ability impact the lives of millions of children, which often times asks them to go above and beyond the normal job requirements of an educator. Knowing the pivotal role teachers play in a student’s success NMSI aims to provide educators with recourses and tools to maximize their impact in the classroom. During the week of May 2, NMSI takes a moment to recognize, celebrate and thank the many educators we partner with who make a difference in ...

National Math and Science Initiative Inspires Presidential Teaching Awardees

This is a guest post by Nafeesa Owens, Ph.D., who is the PAEMST program lead at the National Science Foundation. The National Science Foundation administers PAEMST on behalf of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. Two NMSI consultants recently received Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST), the nation’s highest honors for mathematics and science teachers. Recipients receive $10,000 from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and a trip to Washington, D.C., where many are afforded the opportunity to meet the President. PAEMST is a ...

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