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Catching up with Tracy Epp, NMSI’s new EVP and COO

We recently sat down with Tracy Epp, NMSI’s executive vice president and chief operating officer, to ask her about her new role with NMSI. Ready to learn what keeps her up at night? Read on!   What about this role excites you? The opportunity to increase NMSI’s impact for more students across the country, and more specifically increasing the quality of our impact. I would really like to dig into how to meaningfully incorporate all three of our core programs into our partner schools to ensure that our students have the highest ...

If I could write the headlines for STEM…

This is a guest blog by Karen Peterson, CEO and Founder, National Girls Collaborative Project “Students and STEM: We Have a Lot of Work To Do.” That’s the headline we should never gloss over, no matter how many times we see it written.  A few months ago, the National Assessment Governing Board (NAGB), the organization that administers the “Nation’s Report Card,” released the results of the inaugural Technology and Engineering Literacy (TEL) assessment, administered in 2014. The results of this assessment confirmed that our most persistent gaps, those connected to ...

National Math + Science Initiative Deepens Team

New Roles, Structure Will Rapidly Enhance Impact on Student Achievement DALLAS, TX (August 17, 2016) — The National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI) is pleased to appoint Tracy Epp as its new executive vice president and chief operating officer, an addition that accompanies a larger team restructure that will allow the national nonprofit to leverage unprecedented recent growth and meet ambitious goals to boost student achievement across the country. Epp will report to NMSI CEO, Matthew Randazzo.  “Tracy’s expertise in teaching and learning as well as the planning, implementation and scaling ...

Going for gold

NMSI explores ways to turn the summer Olympics into teachable moments. We often watch the Olympics for fun, but savvy teachers and parents turn the games into valuable teaching moments. Real-world examples within the Olympics can be used to help kids understand STEM topics, and applied to everyday situations to boost understanding. Events can even be recreated and turned into teachable moments with homemade experiments. Ready to get started? Read on! On your mark… get set… go: Graphs and statistics in real life How much time does it take to become ...

Texas Instruments, National Math and Science Initiative Celebrate 16 Year Partnership

  The Texas Instruments (TI) Foundation announced today that it will continue its 16-year partnership with the National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI) in the 2016-17 school year. Through its grant, which works to improve K-12 STEM education, the TI Foundation will award $1.1 million to NMSI to expand the College Readiness Program (CRP). “At TI we truly believe we can change the world with education.” said Andy Smith, executive director of the TI Foundation. “NMSI is changing the lives of students in the communities that TI is a part of, ...

Beat the Heat: Summer Reading Books to Chill Out With

This is a guest post by Aubrey Ludwig, the English Director at The National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI). The end of summer may be closer than we care to admit, but there is still plenty of time to make the most of what is left. One of the best ways to do so is to catch up on summer reading. Diving into a good book can help stretch our thinking, teach us something new or transport us to another place. The list below is a diverse offering of books that ...

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