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NORTH DAKOTA STUDENTS, TEACHERS TO BENEFIT FROM NATIONAL MATH + SCIENCE INITIATIVE’S COLLEGE READINESS PROGRAM

NORTH DAKOTA STUDENTS, TEACHERS TO BENEFIT FROM NATIONAL MATH + SCIENCE INITIATIVE’S COLLEGE READINESS PROGRAM __________________   Program Improving Student Preparedness Expands to North Dakota   BISMARCK, ND (December 10, 2015)--The National Math and Science Initiative’s (NMSI) College Readiness Program (CRP) today announced its expansion into North Dakota schools with an investment of up to $13 million from ExxonMobil, on behalf of XTO Energy Inc. CRP empowers school communities to improve participation and success in rigorous coursework to better prepare students for college and the STEM-intensive careers of the 21st century. NMSI will partner with districts across the ...

Bring STEM Home for the Holidays

This is a guest blog post from NMSI Science Content Editor Paul Hightower.   Forget computer games, superheroes or sci-fi action figures. The hot toys for kids this holiday season are educational. These aren’t the boring, stodgy educational toys of yesteryear. These are specifically STEM toys – that is, educational presents with a focus on science, technology, engineering and math.  A national push is underway to encourage more students – especially underrepresented minorities and girls – to engage in STEM studies and careers. Toy manufacturers are seizing on the opportunity to inspire interest ...

National Math + Science Initiative Named A Highest-Rated Applicant In U.S. Department Of Education i3 Scale-Up Grant Competition

DALLAS, Nov. 17, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- The National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI) was recently named among the 13 highest-rated applicants for the U.S. Department of Education's Investing in Innovation (i3) 2015 grant competition, from more than 400 applications. A nearly $20 million Scale-up grant, contingent upon the organization raising an additional $1 million in matching funds from the private sector, 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 ...

Indiana Celebrates AP Success

The Advanced Placement Training and Incentive Program for Indiana (AP-TIP IN), one of five state-wide initiatives that are currently replicating NMSI’s College Readiness Program, has reason to celebrate this fall. The program has yielded a third year of success stories including leaps in student enrollment in AP math, science and English courses and big gains in the percentage of students earning AP exam scores of 3 or higher (on a five-point scale), which qualifies them for college credit at many colleges and universities across the country.   “These strong gains are ...

Transforming High Schools to Better Serve All Students

“When high schools are designed for the 21st century, they are a springboard into opportunity. And in today’s innovation economy, with rapid growth in high-wage fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), the role of high schools is more important than ever.” Those ideas, articulated by Roberto J. Rodríguez, deputy assistant to the President for education, are the guiding principles behind today’s White House Summit on Next Generation High Schools — a national conversation about transforming high schools to better serve all students. NMSI CEO Matthew Randazzo is joining other invited educators, ...

Book Review: The Prize – Who's in Charge of America's Schools?

The Prize: Who’s in Charge of America’s Schools?, by Washington Post reporter Dale Russakoff, has become one of the year’s most discussed books on education. Russakoff examines the efforts to reform Newark Public Schools through a public-private partnership led by Newark Mayor Cory Booker, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.  We asked NMSI English director Michelle Stie and AP English content specialist Aubrey Ludwig for their reactions to The Prize.    Why did the reformers, led by Booker, Christie and Zuckerberg, believe that Newark could be a national ...

Finding Inspiration in the Nobel Laureates

What do television sets, DNA sequencing and “The Jungle Book” have in common? They are all the end products of the work of Nobel Prize winners. This week, a new cohort of laureates have been honored in the areas of Physiology or Medicine, Physics, Chemistry and Literature, with awards for Peace and Economics still to be announced. Each of the award recipients receives a gold medal, a diploma and a cash prize. The real honor, however, is the induction into a very exclusive group of people who represent the ...

Changing the Odds in the Classroom

The Momentous Institute hosted its 2015 Changing the Odds Conference in Dallas, TX last week. We asked NMSI English Director Michelle Stie to share her experience with us. The theme of this year’s conference was “Chaos to Connection,” and its purpose was to bring together educators and mental health professionals to consider how to help motivate, nurture, and build relationships with students in order to impact learning. Best-selling author Daniel Pink opened the conference with a discussion about motivation and performance, specifically as it relates to the classroom. Referring to ...

In Case You Missed It: NMSI on Think It Up

Last Friday night, four major TV networks aired a star-studded telecast to launch Think It Up — a new education initiative spearheaded by the Entertainment Industry Foundation designed to inspire a new energy throughout American culture about education and the power of learning.   The broadcast shined a spotlight on several schools and educational programs that are having a positive impact in today’s classrooms, including NMSI’s partnership with IDEA Public Schools through our College Readiness Program. IDEA San Benito, featured in one of five videos that peppered the telecast, is one ...

NMSI PARTNER IDEA PUBLIC SCHOOLS TO BE FEATURED ON NATIONAL EDUCATION TELECAST

  NMSI PARTNER IDEA PUBLIC SCHOOLS TO BE FEATURED ON NATIONAL EDUCATION TELECAST   Tune In To the Think It Up Telecast Event on September 11 on ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC at 7 pm CT RIO GRANDE VALLEY –IDEA College Prep San Benito, part of the IDEA Public Schools network, and a partner of the National Math and Science Initiative’s (NMSI) College Readiness Program, has been selected to be featured on Think It Up, an hour-long telecast special that will be simultaneously broadcasted live on all four major networks on September 11 ...

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