National Math + Science Initiative Blog


Florida Governor Scott Announces Grant Supporting NMSI’s CRP for Military Families

Yesterday, Florida Governor Rick Scott announced additional support for the National Math Science Initiative (NMSI) in Bay and Clay Counties through the Florida Defense Support Task Force Grant Program to help improve student performance for military children. This grant leverages over $10 million already provided for Florida’s military children across the state and works in conjunction with existing Department of Education programs to further support the children of our nation’s military members. You can read more about the award on Governor Scott’s website and at

450 Teachers Head Back to the Classroom for Training in Baton Rouge

Many teachers treat their summer vacation as just that: vacation. But this week, more than 450 elementary, middle and high school teachers took a vacation from their vacation, returning to the classroom to participate in fun, hands-on training in math, science and English instructional strategies as part of NMSI’s Laying the Foundation Teacher Training Program. LTF teacher training, led by a national corps of expert classroom teachers, is designed to arm teachers in grades 3-12 with resources and strategies they can implement in their classrooms to engage students, and enhance ...

NMSI CEO Matthew Randazzo on the Civil Rights Data Collection Survey Results

Yesterday, the U.S. Education Department released its 2013-2014 Civil Rights Data Collection survey results, covering more than 95,000 schools and 50 million students. Among the results: Black and Latino students make up 38 percent of those enrolled at schools that offer AP courses — but less than a third of students taking AP courses. Similar disparities were found in advanced math and science courses like chemistry, physics, algebra II and calculus.   “The Education Department’s 2013-2014 Civil Rights Data Collection survey results, released yesterday, aren’t just disappointing—they should make us queasy. Among the most ...

I Support Educational Opportunities for Women Because of Students Like Samantha

NMSI’s  Ronda Brandon, Vice President of Teacher Development and Academic Strategy, responded to the First Lady’s Medium post“Together, We Are Stronger.” Read why she took the pledge to support educational opportunities for women on our Medium post. 

Randazzo on Meaningful Support for Students of Military Families

Matthew Randazzo, NMSI's CEO, recently published his a piece on the Huffington Post blog. The post provides insight on the steps the education community should focus on, as a whole, when it comes to providing meaningful educational support to military-connected students. Read what he had to say here.

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