National Math + Science Initiative Blog


Improving Education, One Student at a Time

Last week at dinner event hosted by NMSI in Oklahoma, Lillian Bocquin, a recent graduate at Del City High School, took charge of the podium to thank her teachers, NMSI’s staff, and the donors involved with NMSI’s Comprehensive AP Program, which she believes has impacted her life in irreplaceable ways. “It is because of my AP classes that I know I am very prepared, as well as extremely excited, to start classes at the University of Oklahoma this fall,” she said. “I have earned my way into college because ...

Hispanic Student Support Needed for National Success

In an effort to recognize and encourage Hispanic high school seniors who are planning to earn a degree in STEM, LULAC National Educational Service Centers Inc. (LNESC) has unveiled their national scholarship program. The program – funded by Exxon Mobil Corporation – will award twelve annual scholarships of $2000 to students representing the twelve LULAC education service centers, in addition to the grand prize of a single, four-year $20,000 scholarship. This program could not have come at a more critical time. By 2018, the American economy will have created 46.8 ...

Teachers Join Forces to Better Serve Military Families

Consistent and rigorous coursework is vital to student success in the classroom, but far too often the children of our military families do not receive such an education. NMSI, however, is changing that this week as an estimated 300 teachers from across the nation gather together at Oklahoma’s Del City High School near Tinker AFB.  To learn more about NMSI's Teacher Training, and to find out how you can get involved, click here.

NMSI’s Freddie Kendrick Talks Elementary Education

Last summer, The National Math and Science Initiative played host to a series of guest speakers who came to talk to our interns about a variety of issues, ranging from Kerri Briggs’ experience working with the Bush Administration on education reform, to Dr. Rena Pederson’s travels across Burma to meet with Aung San Suu Kyi. Kicking off this summer’s series of “Lunch & Learns” is Freddie Kendrick, NMSI Director of the Elementary Teacher Training Program. Freddie joined NMSI last year to help develop a teacher training program for elementary educators, ...

Arkansas Public School Groups Receive More Than $1.3 Million

The original press release is found at The Walton Family Foundation Website. Arkansas Public School Groups Receive More Than $1.3 Million Walton Family Foundation grants will strengthen Arkansas public schools BENTONVILLE, ARK., June 18, 2013 – Today, the Walton Family Foundation further demonstrated a longstanding commitment to Arkansas public education with $1.3 million in grants to two organizations working to improve the quality of the state’s K-­‐12 schools.  Investing in the two organizations – Arkansas Advanced Initiative for Math and Science (AAIMS) and Arkansas Tech University’s Center for Executive Leadership (ACEL) Leader-­‐to-­‐Leader (L2L) ...

Schools Eager to Challenge Students and See Results

Earlier this month, a $930,637 grant from The Heinz Endowments made it possible for two Pennsylvanian high schools – Brashear and Sci-Tech – to implement NMSI’s Comprehensive Advanced Placement (AP) Program. On how this grant will impact the schools, Eleanor Chute of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette writes, “Combined, 38 students at both schools earned a score of at least 3 – considered to be a qualifying score – on AP exams in 2011-12. Results for 2012-13 aren't in yet, but the goal is to have 124 such scores in 2013-14, ...

National Math and Science Initiative Announces Teacher Training Events in 27 States This Summer

More than 6,500 teachers enrolled will receive Common Core State Standards training and help students achieve success on Advanced Placement courses DALLAS – At a time when most teachers are on break for the summer, the National Math and Science Initiative is hosting one of their largest teacher training events in Oklahoma City this week, one of 76 scheduled nationwide NMSI training events. The trainings will provide rigorous methods and lessons aligned with Common Core State Standards and Advanced Placement* (AP) for more than 6,500 math, science, and English teachers ...

Getting Hooked on Math & Science Early

Sara Martinez Tucker, NMSI CEO –“We’ve got big challenges, our students are falling further and further behind in math and science, but we can fix it. The research shows that the early years really matter – getting them excited – getting them wanting to learn about what’s out there. If we get it right they are hooked on either math or science – and that’s huge, not just for our kids but for the future of our country.”  Too Small To Fail

2013 CGI America - Panelists remarks on Economic & Social Mobility

2013 CGI America – American Dream, American Realities: Achieving Economic and Social Mobility Thought leaders came together today at the 2013 CGI America meeting in Chicago to discuss American Dream, American Realities: Achieving Economic and Social Mobility. Here are a few of the noted statements that continues to encourage our nation to build a strong educational foundation in order to thrive economically and socially in the United States. President Clinton and Former Secretary of State of the United States, Hillary Clinton, began with opening remarks around the overall state of ...

Cumberland County Takes the Lead in North Carolina to Provide Rigorous Education for Students

NMSI’s comprehensive AP program serving military families expands to Jack Britt High School DALLAS – The National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI) announced today that its comprehensive Advanced Placement* (AP) program for military families is being expanded this fall to Jack Britt High School near Fort Bragg, thanks to a $838,656 grant from the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA). “The innovative NMSI program serving military families in the U.S. can open doors to college for more students by providing them with rigorous, project-based coursework to help them succeed ...

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