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All Majors need STEM

Here at NMSI we talk a lot about our goals as an organization and how it relates to STEM education. Are we here to create STEM professionals or should we just focus on ensuring that all students are STEM proficient?  There is a great article in the New York Times by Katie Bardaro of PayScale.com entitled "Numbers: Not Just for Math Majors Anymore" that absolutely nails the issue:  "That being said, not all college students have the interest or ability to major in a STEM field. Another possibility is to ...

Eisenhower High School recognized at Oklahoma state capitol as NMSI School of the Year

Eisenhower High School in Lawton, Oklahoma was selected as the 2013 “NMSI School of the Year” for its record-setting gains in academic achievement.  In its first year of implementing the NMSI Advanced Placement program for schools serving military families, the Oklahoma school students produced an 81 percent increase in qualifying scores on Advanced Placement math, science and English exams and accounted for 23 percent of the entire state’s gains in qualifying scores in those subjects.  The school also had a 136 percent increase in qualifying scores for African-American and ...

NMSI Teacher Training

College and career ready isn't an accident and hope is not a strategy. Students cannot achieve without great teaching.  NMSI's training was created by teachers for teachers to ensure that all students can achieve their full potential. More than 60,000 teachers have gone through this training and rave about the impact it has had on their practice. There has been such demand this year that we have tripled the number of locations where you can attend training.  But we know that people usually want to know more about the training ...

National Math and Science Initiative Announces First ‘NMSI School of the Year’ and Awards for Eight Outstanding Teachers

DALLAS – The National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI) announced today at a special celebration in the Oklahoma State House that an Oklahoma high school will receive its first “NMSI School of the Year” award.  They will also be honored in May along with eight outstanding teachers who are helping transform public schools across the country through their teaching and teacher-training. Eisenhower High School in Lawton, Oklahoma was selected as the 2013 “NMSI School of the Year” for its record-setting gains in academic achievement.   In its first year of ...

NMSI from the Teacher/Student Point of View

We had an event with a potential funder at one of our premier NMSI schools yesterday and the quotes from teachers and students were too great not to share. From one of our AP English Teachers: "When I started teaching AP English I got the training and just started teaching. All three of the teachers at our school were doing something different in class - but we were not really focused on how to make the college level materials accessible to all kids.  What I most value in the NMSI ...

NMSI Teacher & Trainer of the Year

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE 2013 NMSI TEACHERS AND TRAINERS OF THE YEAR!    A special celebration recognizing their achievements will be held on May 29 in Dallas, TX.  AP Teachers of the Year:  English: Zestlan Simmons - Booker T. Washington High School, Alabama  Science: Julie Wood Bryan Station High School, Kentucky  Math: Brian Canady Lee-Davis High School, Virginia  Overall: Irene Mahoney Chelsea High School, Massachusetts   NMSI Trainers of the Year  Math: Jay Fitch  Science: Bryan ...

NMSI in the News

We are thrilled, here at NMSI, to have received a $22.5 million grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) to replicate the highly successful UTeach program at 10 leading research universities. But we're no the only ones excited about this investment in education. Check out some of the coverage below regarding NMSI's new partnership with HHMI.  Scientific American:  Top Universities Will Help Train STEM Teachers ScienceInsider: HHMI Gives $22 Million to National Teaching Training Network EdWeek: UTeach Math, Science Program to Expand Reach With $23 Million Grant

White House Discussion with NMSI on STEM Teachers

Great roundtable discussion at the White House Eisenhower Executive office building with the Office of Science and Technology, National Math and Science Initiative and UTeach concerning the $22.5 million grant to create 10 new UTeach teacher preparation sites.  The White House blog has a great recap of the story and what happened at the event at New Steps to Meet the President's Goal of Preparing 100,000 STEM Teachers.   Here are some of the great quotes from the day, including a brief meeting with President Obama who reiterated his commitment ...

NMSI Announces $22.5 Million Grant from Howard Hughes Medical Institute to Expand UTeach Program

Five-year grant will expand highly-successful UTeach program to 10 Leading Research Universities PRESS RELEASE WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI) today announced a new $22.5 million grant by Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI). The five-year grant from HHMI, one of America’s premier medical research institutions, will make it possible for NMSI to expand The University of Texas at Austin’s highly-successful UTeach program. At an event Monday in Washington, D.C., White House Director of Science and Technology Policy John Holdren praised the grant;  “Research shows—and everyone who has been ...

Tom Luce speaks to PCAST on STEM education and NMSI programs

Tom Luce, NMSI's Founding CEO and Chairman of the Board, delivered a speech to the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) this morning and discussed the state of STEM education, and what NMSI is doing about it. See his full remarks, below.  TOM LUCE TRANSCRIPT There is an old saying in Washington that reports get issued; are put on a shelf to collect dust and never lead to action. I am here to dispel that myth. In 2005, the National Academy of Science issued the first volume of a landmark report ...

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