National Math + Science Initiative Blog


President Obama Celebrates Progress on Educate to Innovate STEM Campaign

In November 2009, President Obama launched the Educate to Innovate initiative—an all-hands-on-deck campaign to help more American students get inspired to excel in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) subjects. As part of that initiative—and the First Lady’s Joining Forces effort—NMSI has led a campaign to broaden access to and achievement in rigorous AP coursework in math, science and English to students of military families. This focus on military-connected students provides needed learning continuity for children whose parents may be re-assigned during the school year and helps ensure that ...

NMSI Welcomes New Executive Team Members

NMSI is pleased to welcome three new executives to its leadership team to support the organization’s overall mission of improving teacher effectiveness and student achievement in the critical subjects of science, technology, engineering and math. Matthew Randazzo has joined NMSI as Chief Growth and Strategy Officer; Richard S. Brown is Chief Research Officer; and Rick Doucette joins as Chief Information Officer. “We are thrilled that these three executives have joined our team to help shape NMSI’s future,” said Sara Martinez Tucker, CEO of NMSI.  “As we continue to expand ...

A Veteran’s Reflection on Serving Military Families and Students

This is a guest contribution by Mort Orlov, Vice President of NMSI’s College Readiness Program & Operations. After 23 years as an infantryman in the U.S. Army, my most enduring experience and memory is the weight of responsibility I felt for my soldier’s lives. But a veteran is more than a person who has served in the Army, Navy, Air Force or Marine Corps.  As a husband and father, I faced other persistent challenges including separation from family, frequent moves and planning for my children’s education. I moved more than ...

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