Laying the Foundation

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Student success begins with teachers who are knowledgeable in their subject matter, skilled at instructing diverse classrooms, and capable of preparing students to be confident and creative problem-solvers. NMSI’s Laying the Foundation Program equips educators with the content knowledge and instructional know-how they need to set high classroom expectations and shift students to advanced levels of thinking and learning as early as grade 3, all the way through high school.

Developed by experienced teachers and content experts, NMSI’s Laying the Foundation Program provides teachers of grades 3-12 with the training, support and resources they need to drive student achievement and facilitate their progression toward advanced coursework in high school.


  • Hands-on training that allows teachers to experience learning from the student’s perspective.
  • Content-rich lessons with clear outcome goals and suggested teaching strategies.
  • Classroom exercises that allow teachers of all experience levels to relate math and science concepts to real-world scenarios.
  • Tools to help monitor student understanding of complex concepts that are critical to rigorous coursework in higher grades.
  • Opportunities for educators to collaborate, learn new techniques and receive feedback from peers.


  • Research shows that students of LTF-trained teachers score better on math and science reading assessments. To learn more, visit Our Impact page.
  • To date, nearly 50,000 teachers nationwide have participated in NMSI’s Laying the Foundation Program and are using their expertise to build the capacity of their schools and districts to advance student achievement at all grade levels. 
See and hear what teachers are saying about LTF training: