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Shifting debate over school choice

The decades-long debate over school choice has divided educators, parents and policymakers alike and has largely focused on two well-worn arguments: “Students, and by extension our economy, are suffering because public schools on the whole are failing” and “Taking money from public schools only will increase the obstacles they face.” But there’s another aspect to the school choice conversation that both camps can support, says NMSI CEO Matthew Randazzo: Empower students to make choices about their own learning, in their own school. In a recent Huffington Post blog, Randazzo makes ...

Inconsistency in U.S. Education Impacts Military’s Readiness

By Marcus Lingenfelter   Uncertainty can be challenging for any student, especially when it relates to their families and their education. For the nearly 2 million students who have parents and guardians in the military service, uncertainty is a given in their everyday lives.   Because of their family members’ deployments, military-connected students can attend between six and nine schools during their primary and secondary education careers, making a consistently high quality education difficult to attain.   Service members continuously express concern about the quality of their children’s educational experiences, which often impact whether ...

Teacher of the Month: Allan Finch

NMSI’s Teacher of the Month celebrates our amazing teachers, consultants and mentors for their work in and out of the classroom. In April, we sat down with Allan Finch, an AP Physics teacher at Creative and Performing Arts High School in Pittsburgh, PA to hear how he is applying his real-world experiences as an architectural engineer to his classroom.   A roller coaster zooms past a student and comes to a stop. The student carefully examines the coaster, scribbles notes on a notepad and resets the experiment. This may sound ...

A boost in math and science education raises college and career prospects

Meria Joel Carstarphen, Atlanta Public Schools superintendent, and Matthew Randazzo, NMSI CEO, on partnering to expand access to rigorous course work  to APS students: "One of our highest priorities is not only ensuring that more of our students graduate from high school, but that they do so with the skills they need to be successful after graduation, whether they stay right here in Atlanta or take their talents and passions across the country." Read more on how NMSI and APS are partnering to ensure students success. 

Teacher of the Month: Cil Guerrero

NMSI’s Teacher of the Month celebrates our amazing teachers, consultants and mentors for their work in and out of the classroom. In March, we sat down with Cil Guerrero, an AP Calculus teacher at Bossier High School in Bossier, LA., to hear how she inspires her students. If you walk by Cil Guerrero’s classroom, you may hear the familiar sounds of “Hello” by Adele. Pay attention to the lyrics. Instead of belting out the phrases made famous by the pop star, Guerrero’s students sing such lines as, “In right Triangles, ...

Randazzo on The School Choice Debate

NMSI CEO Matthew Randazzo on school choice: "When we increase all students’ access and achievement in rigorous coursework, we mitigate the need to consider vouchers and other approaches meant to counter the prevailing lack of high quality education across the public school system." Read more on what he had to say in his latest Huffington Post article. 

Grubhub and the National Math + Science Initiative Partner Today to Support STEM Success

Grubhub, the nation’s leading takeout marketplace, today announced it is partnering with the National Math + Science Initiative (NMSI), an organization whose mission is to improve student performance in the critical subjects of STEM, in honor of Pi Day. Grubhub users will be empowered to give back to NMSI and show their support for STEM education by entering ‘PIDAY2017’ at checkout. When users do so, Grubhub will donate 3.14 percent of these users’ order totals to benefit NMSI, up to $40,000. As a technology company that values STEM education and ...

Hip Hop in the Science Classroom

By Elliot Mayen Have you ever rated a student’s work with emojis? Nope. Used mnemonics to help students learn? Yep. Write a rap about the structure of the cell? Nope? This is how Tom McFadden, better known as Science Tom, started his talk about Hip Hop in the Science Classroom. Using this call and response adapted from recent hit single “Choices,” by E-40 – a well-known rapper - Science Tom kicked off a highly entertaining and energetic session about using what is ostensibly the most popular music genre of our time ...

Reflecting on SXSWedu

Hit Refresh: Evolving Computer Science Instruction By Elliot Mayen Computational literacy underlies most modern jobs and will become an increasingly important part of the economy, yet many barriers prevent students from accessing high quality computer science education and from being recruited and persisting in related jobs. These subjects were the focus of the Hit Refresh: Evolving Computer Science Instruction session at this year’s SXSWedu conference. At the heart of the discussion was the need to bring more diverse students into the world of computer science and the attrition that occurs once students advance ...

NATIONAL PROGRAM BOOSTS STUDENT ADVANCED PLACEMENT PERFORMANCE

Schools completing first year of NMSI support see number of qualifying AP scores go up by 10 times the national average Schools that complete the first year of the National Math and Science Initiative’s College Readiness Program see the number of qualifying Advanced Placement® scores in math, science and English increase by an average of 67 percent, based on data from the College Board. The increase at NMSI-supported schools is more than 10 times the average annual increase. NMSI’s three-year College Readiness Program has expanded access to rigorous AP® classes in more ...

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