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The Effort to Guide Educators and State and District Policy Makers About K-12 Computer Science

For most states and school districts, the notion of computer science for every student is a relatively new and unexplored topic. Responding to parent demand for their children to have access to computer science, there’s been a major shift in thinking by states and school districts about how to make computer science part of core academic work. They are asking big questions of the computing community: What should all students know and be able to do in K-12 computer science? What does the community expect every student to learn in elementary school, in ...

NMSI Chief Executive Officer Named to the Tenth Class of Children and Family Fellows

The Annie E. Casey Foundation announced today that NMSI CEO Matthew Randazzo has been selected as one of 16 leaders from 13 states for the tenth class of its Children and Family Fellowship. These men and women — accomplished leaders from the public, nonprofit and academic sectors — will use the 16-month Fellowship to work within their agencies, organizations and communities toward specific, measurable improvements for children and families. Learn more about the Fellowship and see the full list of individuals selected by clicking here.

Louisiana Students, Teachers to Benefit from Expansion of National Math + Science Initiative’s College Readiness Program

Yesterday morning in Baton Rouge, Louisiana Policymakers, local business and civic leaders, higher education representatives and teachers gathered this morning for an event announcing a major expansion of the National Math and Science Initiative’s (NMSI) College Readiness Program in Louisiana schools, with financial assistance from ExxonMobil. Hosted by Principal Nanette McCann of Baton Rouge Magnet High School, officials recognized the hard work of local educators and highlighted the need for community leaders to raise matching funds to reach every high school across the state in future years. “This is a ...

A Century Later, Einstein Holds True

Last week, scientists announced that they had detected and recorded the sound of two black holes colliding. According to physicists, this sound is the first concrete evidence of gravitational waves, something that Albert Einstein predicted nearly a century ago. This is not the first time that one of Einstein’s theories has been proven correct. In fact, one of the reasons that Einstein is still celebrated today is because nearly every prediction he made has been tested and verified. Aside from his prediction of gravitational waves, Einstein has two more ...

New football stadium leads the way for STEM industries

This is a guest blog post from NMSI Science Content Editor Paul Hightower. On February 7th, two national football franchises met to play professional sports’ largest event, Super Bowl 50 in Santa Clara, California. While the week prior is filled with team coverage, player and coach interviews, and endless analysis of game-day strategy, few talked about the most remarkable aspect of all—the new stadium. This year’s Super Bowl was played in Levi’s Stadium, a newly built, multi-purpose venue that opened in 2014 as the football home of the San Francisco 49ers. ...

Snowblogalypse: The Science Behind Jonas

In January, Winter Storm Jonas slammed the East Coast, and now many locals are dealing with the aftermath of the storm. NMSI breaks down the lasting effects of the storm through the different states of water. When Winter Storm Jonas finally passed, some East Coast residents decided to make the most of the snow days by snowshoeing, building snowmen, and even snowboarding, but everyone had to manage the catastrophic aftermath. The reason Jonas occurred, why it was so bad and much of the damage that the storm left in its ...

Book Review: The Teacher Wars: A History of America’s Most Embattled Profession

The Teacher Wars: A History of America’s Most Embattled Profession, by Dana Goldstein, examines the history of the teaching profession in the United States and the role that education reform has played in challenging the expectations for classroom teachers.  We asked NMSI Vice President of Content Michelle Stie and AP English content specialist Aubrey Ludwig for their reactions. Why does Goldstein begin the book by acknowledging that teaching is a highly politicized profession that struggles with recruitment and training? Aubrey: Goldstein makes it clear that while teachers encounter much ...

NMSI’s UTeach Expansion Program recognized by Business Roundtable Education Philanthropy Initiative

This is a guest post by Ronda Brandon, Vice President of Teacher Development & Academic Strategy, and Lindsay Wike, UTeach Expansion Program Manager.     During their CEO quarterly meeting this past December, Business Roundtable released a report showing the impact that business philanthropy can have when strategically focused on education reforms that are working. The report, Investing in Results: How Business Roundtable is Supporting Proven Education Reforms, recognized the National Math and Science Initiative’s (NMSI) UTeach Expansion Program as one of five programs recommended for the Education Philanthropy Initiative.   Business ...

Getting Elemental: Four Elements Added to the Periodic Table

This is a guest blog post from NMSI Science Content Editor Paul Hightower. The chart hanging on the wall in your old chemistry classroom showing the periodic table of elements is now in need of an update. In an unprecedented administrative move, the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) announced at the end of 2015 that sufficient evidence exists to add four new elements – atomic numbers 113, 115, 117, and 118 – to the official reference known as the periodic table. The search for new, unknown elements is an ...

National Math + Science Initiative Awarded $20 Million Department of Education Scale-Up Grant

DALLAS, TX (January 5, 2016)—The National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI) has received a nearly $20 million Scale-up grant from the U.S. Department of Education's Investing in Innovation (i3) 2015 grant competition. The grant will enable NMSI to expand its proven College Readiness Program (CRP) to ten urban and rural school districts across eight states, serving a high proportion of underserved students. CRP dramatically increases the number of students taking and earning qualifying scores on Advanced Placement® (AP®) math, science and English exams, while expanding access to rigorous coursework to traditionally ...

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