National Math + Science Initiative Blog


All access pass to success

The 2016-17 school year has officially begun. Teachers and students from coast to coast have returned to the classroom, and are now diligently working towards succeeding in advanced coursework with support from NMSI’s College Readiness Program. This summer, Kim Leary, NMSI’s senior advisor to the CEO, joined NMSI staff at trainings in St. Louis, MO, and Houston, TX. While there, she spoke with teachers and students, gathering feedback about the work NMSI is doing in their schools and the difference NMSI programs make as students dream of their futures. ...

Spotlight on English: Banned Books and the Freedom to Read

This week (September 26 – 30) is Banned Books Week – an annual event hosted by the American Library Association (ALA) to celebrate the freedom to seek and to express ideas through books - even those sometimes considered unorthodox or unpopular. To join the celebration, NMSI’s English team has pulled together a list of their favorite banned and challenged books to add to your reading list. Darkness at Noon by Arthur Koestler was published in 1940 and is a critique of Stalin's police state. “It is one of my ...

Championing literacy for all

This is a guest post by Aubrey Ludwig, NMSI’s English director.   Last week marked the 50th anniversary of International Literacy Day. This day celebrates the opportunities that come from being able to read and reminds us that improving literacy education does more than just teach people to decipher text on a page. Reading is a necessity that helps us navigate our personal and professional lives. As such, we can easily forget how elemental the act of reading is to even the simplest daily tasks and chores, from grocery shopping to ...

Teachers’ Words of Wisdom: How to make it a great year in your AP classroom

The NMSI network is growing! This fall approximately 185 new schools will benefit from NMSI’s College Readiness Program (CRP), expanding NMSI’s network to over 1,000 partner schools across 34 states. As we head back to the classroom, NMSI staff and teachers took a moment to share their favorite back to school advice for Advanced Placement® (AP®) teachers, especially for those who may be leading an AP class for the first time. Leesville, LA, High School Principal Tamela Phillips, a NMSI CRP for Military Families school serving Fort Polk, echoed NMSI’s ...

You spotted NMSI!

This summer teachers across the country came together at NMSI training sessions to build new skills and learn strategies to boost student achievement in their classrooms all year long. We asked participants to #spotNMSI and tell us about their experience. They had a lot of great things to say!   Click here to see our Storify story about summer trainings. 

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