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Behind Every Successful Person is a Great Teacher

We were preparing some thoughts around Teacher Appreciation Week and one of the stories was too good not to share. When Sara Martinez Tucker told a couple of business leaders that she was joining NMSI as CEO, both shared stories of how a great math or science teacher was the reason they were so successful.  It seems to be true - every great American story comes down to that one great teacher.  For Sara, the quote she shared that is just so powerful -  "There is that one teacher in your ...

Where's the "T" in STEM

It seems like there is the sudden realization that the "T" in STEM is being ignored in high schools.  Jan Cuny of the National Science Foundation has been making sure that people really understand what is happening and things are starting to move for her work and the work of others.  From Jan's article in Inroads ACM "Transforming High School Computer Science: A Call to Action": The number and percent of students taking STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) has increased over the last two decades. Increased with the exception ...

Common Core Resource Access tops 24,000

The traffic has not let up to the open resources for common core that have been posted on our website and we are getting great feedback from educators everywhere who are looking for common core lessons.  Over 24,000 visits to common core site and 12,000 visits to the common core lessons in just 3 weeks! Phenomenal response.  But we knew that - we are hearing from teachers everywhere that they are tired of hearing about the big shifts and want to know what they need to do in classroom to ...

Challenging AP without Supports

There is a group called Challenge Success that believes that "society has become too focused on grades, test scores and performance" so you would think they might be against an organization like NMSI that has a focus on AP success as a key metric. But they recently released a report that came out against AP for AP sake BUT is supportive of our program.  From their report - The Advanced Placement Program: Living Up to the Promise?: "In cases in which the AP program does appear to be instrumental in ...

Building a Strong Academic Foundation Starts with a Teacher

We know we’re not alone when we say watching the live feed from the 3rd annual White House Science Fair was absolutely inspirational. These incredible young scientists are talented and will undoubtedly provide innovative medical research and save the planet by discovering safer bio chemicals for the earth. Needless to say, America can expect great things from these young American innovators in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). But how do we get more of our young people into a STEM career? As President Obama stated in his speech ...

AP Summer Institute Set to Take Place in Colorado

Written by: Dr. Helayne Jones, President & CEO of the Colorado Legacy Foundation Helayne Jones was named President & CEO of the Colorado Legacy Foundation in March 2009. As the leader of this dynamic, growing organization, Jones draws on 15 years of expertise gained as an education consultant, her experience as a college professor, and her previous work as a marketing executive. Her consulting experience includes work with school districts and education foundations in Colorado and throughout the country to implement school reform by improving business processes in education systems. ...

Exceptional AP Student from Pasadena ISD Honored at White House Science Fair

National Math and Science Initiative and Sam Rayburn High School celebrates Carlos Sotelo’s academic excellence DALLAS, TX – The National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI), a non-profit organization launched in 2007 to transform math and science education in the United States, is proud to announce a Pasadena ISD AP student is being celebrated today at the White House Science Fair as an exceptional student. Carlos Sotelo, a senior at Sam Rayburn High School, came to United States from Mexico with his non-English speaking parents as a young child. He ...

Costs and Benefits of NMSI’s Comprehensive AP Program

NMSI’s Advanced Placement* (AP) program is a comprehensive approach that increases teacher effectiveness and student achievement in rigorous math and science courses through training, teacher and student support, vertical teaming, open enrollment, and incentives. With the need to maximize limited resources, school administrators want to know how much the program costs and what will be the return on investment. The average cost of the program is approximately $200 per student. The total cost of the program depends on a number of factors including the size of the school and ...

Let's Solve This

The new NMSI Let's Solve This ad just aired and of course we love the one about NMSI as seen below!  Yes. Let's Solve This!!

Common Core Is Our Buzzword

“Common Core” has been the top buzzword here at NMSI this week. We started off the week excited about the 6,000 educators that came to the site to view and help spread the word about the newly released common core resources and materials available to all teachers and now we are ending the week eager to see the new Ad’s featuring NMSI during the 2013 Masters Golf Tournament. It’s important for teachers to be equipped with valuable materials around common core to raise the bar with consistent education that ...

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