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Sustainable Development for the Education Set

Matthew Randazzo, NMSI's CEO, recently published his second piece on the Huffington Post blog. The post provides insight into focusing on the power of rooting educational programs in local partnerships. Read what he had to say here. 

National Math + Science Initiative Announces New President

The National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI) is pleased to name Gregg Fleisher as its new President. Fleisher, who has been with NMSI since its launch in 2007, transitions into this role after serving as NMSI's Chief Academic Officer. "Gregg's continued commitment to improving student achievement has profoundly affected NMSI's success. We are honored to have such a knowledgeable and innovative expert leading us into the next chapter of NMSI's growth," said Matthew Randazzo, CEO of NMSI. Fleisher, whose career in education began as an Advanced Placement calculus teacher in Dallas, ...

National Math and Science Initiative Partners with Grubhub to Celebrate Pi Day and Fuel STEM Students for Success

 In celebration of Pi Day and support of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education, Grubhub, the nation’s leading online and mobile food-ordering and delivery platform, is partnering with the NMSI to fuel the next generation of STEM students.   “We’re thrilled to work with Grubhub to spotlight the importance of rigorous math and science education for all students,” said Matthew Randazzo, CEO, NMSI. “With Grubhub’s generous support, we hope to empower even more students and teachers to excel in classrooms across the country.” In honor of the aptly named holiday- March ...

The Consequences of Poor Science Education in Kindergarten

A majority of low-income and minority kindergarteners come in with poor general science knowledge—and closing that gap may be crucial for ensuring academic success later on. When children start kindergarten, sizable gaps in science knowledge already exist between whites and minorities—as well as between youngsters from upper-income and low-income families. And those disparities often deepen into significant achievement gaps by the end of eighth grade if they aren’t addressed during elementary school. These are some of the findings in a new report by researchers from Pennsylvania State University and the University of California, ...

NMSI Students Arrive in Style with Second Lady of the United States

On Tuesday, three Aberdeen High School students and one teacher met Second Lady of the United States Dr. Jill Biden at the White House before traveling via Presidential motorcade to Andrew’s Air Force Base where they boarded one of the highly customized Boeing 757 series aircraft used to transport the Vice President of the United States. They were flown to Houston, Texas where they toured the Johnson Space Center and Mission Control before welcoming astronauts back from a year-long space mission. Aberdeen High School (Aberdeen, MD) is one of more ...

Science at the Movies

This is a guest post by Elliot Mayen, NMSI Brand Manager. This past weekend the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences held the Oscars, its yearly award ceremony honoring movies released in 2015. The awards are traditionally seen as a celebration of the aesthetic elements of filmmaking (acting, directing, composing, etc.), with the Scientific and Technical Awards Presentation being relegated to a different, untelevised event. Yet the very name of the Academy belies the close ties that the art of filmmaking has with all sorts of scientific fields, and ...

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.

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