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Is your afterschool STEM program making a big impact? You could win a $10,000 Afterschool STEM Impact Award!
We’re teaming up with the Noyce Foundation to recognize exemplary afterschool STEM programs serving young people in grades 4 through 8. Help us showcase how afterschool STEM programs are helping young people get excited and engaged in STEM. Applications are due by May 15 – Apply now!
Applicants will be judged by the impact of their program on participating youth. Winners and other notable applicants will be recognized in nationally-released issue briefs, invited to present at national conferences and will be highlighted as model programs.

We’re especially excited to discover programs that are having a significant impact on youth, but may not have been recognized with awards before.
One award will be given in each of the two categories:

1. Afterschool programs that are a strong partnership between an afterschool provider and a STEM-rich institution(s), which include science centers or museums, nature centers, universities, government labs, STEM-related businesses, or other similar institutions. Programs may focus on any STEM topic.
2. Afterschool programs that have a strong computing and/or engineering component. Computing programs should focus on helping young people acquire the skills and knowledge required to create technology, not just to use it. Engineering programs should be rooted in the engineering design process, and students should be developing and building a solution to a problem.
Applications are due May 15, 2013. For additional details and to apply, click here.
If you have any questions about the application process, please contact Melissa Ballard, at
The Afterschool Alliance team
P.S. — Please forward this exciting opportunity to your colleagues and community!

Dickie Thomasson, AP Cal AB teacher at Prairie Grove High School.
College Board Southwestern Region AP Teacher Award presented at the Southwestern Region Forum in Dallas, February 27, 2013.

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Tom Luce, Chairman

Former CEO, NMSI; Former Assistant Secretary,

U.S. Department of Education

Bruce Alberts

Editor-In-Chief, Science Magazine; Former President, National Academies

Norm Augustine
Former Chairman and CEO, Lockheed Martin Corporation

Gaston Caperton
President, College Board; Former Governor of West Virginia

Kenneth P. Cohen

Vice President, Public and Government Affairs, Exxon Mobil Corporation

Carolyn Bacon Dickson
Executive Director,
O’Donnell Foundation

Nancy Grasmick
Former Superintendent, Maryland State Department of Education

Bernard Harris, Jr., MD
President and Founder,

The Harris Foundation, Inc.; Former NASA astronaut, first African-American to walk in space

Ray O Johnson
Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Lockheed Martin Corporation

Shirley Malcom

Head of Directorate for Education and Human Resources, American Association for the Advancement of Science

Dr. Mary Ann Rankin

President and CEO, NMSI; Former Dean, College of Natural Sciences, The University of Texas at Austin

Sally Ride
President and CEO, Sally Ride Science; Former NASA Astronaut, first American woman in space

Arthur F. Ryan
Chairman, CEO, and President, Prudential Financial, Inc.

Roy Vagelos, MD
Former Chairman and CEO, Merck & Co., Inc.

Charles M. Vest
President, National Academy of Engineering; President
Emeritus, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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Dear Friends:

National Teacher Appreciation Week was a reminder of the incredible progress that the National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI) has made over the last five years, in large part because of the teachers with whom we have had the honor to work.

As one of our mentoring teachers observed, teachers are the bridges between where students are and where they can go. Teachers have the ability to inspire, motivate, and make dreams possible.

One of the reasons our Advanced Placement Training and Incentive Program (APTIP) has been so successful in the last three years – boosting the number of qualifying scores on AP exams in math, science and English by an average of 124 percent – is the quality of our teachers. In addition to extensive teacher training and summer institutes, our APTIP teachers have the benefit of an incredible support system through the state AP organizations, master teachers in their districts and lead teachers at NMSI who serve as round-the-clock mentors and advisors.

Another important partner in our success is our Laying the Foundation (LTF) division. We merged with LTF at the first of the year and already great synergies are occurring that will help us provide teachers – from middle school through high school – with the skills and support to encourage young people to succeed in pre-AP and AP coursework, a corollary of success in college.

Finally, our UTeach program continues to make great strides attracting and preparing the next generation of extraordinary math and science teachers. This year, UTeach is being implemented in 29 universities across the country. Enrollment has nearly quintupled to 5,500 students, and this spring, some of our earliest replication sites are graduating students. We estimate that the first group of UTeach graduates will impact more than four million students by 2020.

Teachers have one of the most important jobs in our country: nurturing our children to be the leaders, scientists, engineers, mathematicians, and doctors that will address major issues of the future. As we participate in this annual celebration of their talents and commitment, I encourage you to thank a teacher that has been an inspiration to you or your family.


Dr. Mary Ann Rankin
President and CEO

NMSI Highlighted at White House Celebration of Joining Forces Initiative 

This April at the White House, First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, spotlighted the progress made by the Joining Forces initiative to support military families, including the National Math and Science Initiative’s rapidly expanding Initiative for Military Families (IMF) program, which has grown seven-fold in the last year with the support of numerous public- and private-sector supporters. .

Mrs. Obama said the outpouring of support from across the country during the last year had “surpassed our wildest expectations.” She said those efforts included connecting more veterans with jobs, donating lawn care for families who have family members deployed overseas, providing books for children with deployed parents, easing work transition for spouses when family members are transferred, and providing education opportunities for students from military families.

“High schools with high numbers of military students are adding more Advanced Placement courses so these kids have the opportunity they deserve to attend college,” Mrs. Obama said at the ceremony on the White House lawn, referring to NMSI’s program to provide Advanced Placement courses in math, science and English to schools with high concentrations of students from military families.

Additionally, the White House hosted a special event at Lee Hall Elementary School in Newport News, Va., with Dr. Jill Biden and the Joint Chiefs of Staff Vice Chairman Admiral James A. Winnefeld, Jr. to continue the celebration of the first anniversary of the Joining Forces initiative and its progress in meeting the educational needs of 1.3 million military-connected children. Dr. Biden highlighted the success of several programs that are part of a comprehensive strategy to ensure a world-class education for military children, including NMSI’s IMF program.


NMSI Hosts Prestigious STEM Teacher Panel

NMSI will host a prestigious STEM teacher panel on May 23, 2012, at the National Press Club titled “America’s Future STEMS on Great Teachers: Are We Ready?” The event will be a thought-provoking, high-profile panel discussion among leading experts and advocates for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education.

“This is a critical time in American education,” said Dr. Mary Ann Rankin, who is moderating the panel. “We need to greatly increase the number of qualified STEM teachers in our U.S. public school system in order to ensure that our students are competitive with their global counterparts. This panel is designed to address specific actions that we must take – both within the public and private sectors – to advance this mission.”

The other panelists scheduled to appear include:

To register for the event, please contact Jordan Briscoe at (214) 665-2515 or

NMSI Names the 2012 All American Teacher of the Year Winners

The National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI) recently announced the winners of its third annual All American Teacher of the Year Awards competition. The awards recognize outstanding Advanced Placement (AP)* math, science and English teachers for their contributions to their students and to the teaching profession. The 23 award winners will receive a cash award, and each teacher will be recognized at a special awards dinner in Washington, D.C., on May 23, 2012. William H. Gray, III, former U.S. Congressman and former President/CEO of the United Negro College Fund, will also be in attendance to address the group and honor the teachers.

“These teachers have demonstrated a total commitment to their students’ academic growth and are truly role models for the other teachers participating in NMSI’s programs,” said Dr. Mary Ann Rankin, President and CEO of NMSI. “Their efforts continue to drive impressive results by their students and inspire other teachers.”

The awards were given to one teacher each in AP math, science and English from seven states that participate in NMSI’s AP Training and Incentive Program (APTIP), along with two additional awards: a teacher from a school participating in the Initiative for Military Families, which provides NMSI’s APTIP at schools with a high population of military families, and a teacher from NMSI’s virtual AP program, Learning Power, in South Dakota.


Boeing Joins NMSI in Expanding Initiative for Military Families 

NMSI and The Boeing Company are joining forces for a major expansion of the Initiative for Military Families (IMF), which provides college-level courses in math, science and English at schools serving a significant population of military families.

The Boeing support will mean that NMSI’s highly-successful Advanced Placement Training and Incentive Program (APTIP) can be expanded to four new schools serving high concentrations of military families in 2012.

  • The Boeing support was spotlighted at a special event in April at the Harford County School District headquarters in Bel Air, Md.
  • An additional kick-off event for one of the schools supported by Boeing in Oklahoma will be held on May 21 at Lawton High School near Fort Sill.

“Boeing’s support will provide exciting new opportunities for students who have sacrificed while their parents have been serving our country,” said Dr. Mary Ann Rankin, President and CEO of NMSI. “This program will help them become proficient in the math and science subjects that are so increasingly critical for their future careers – and for the future of this country.”

Boeing is sponsoring the expansion of the program in 2012 to schools near military installations in four states: Fairborn High School in Ohio (Wright Patterson Air Force Base), Lawton High School in Oklahoma (Fort Sill), Kellam High School in Virginia (Langley Air Force Base, Fort Monroe, Naval Station Norfolk) and Aberdeen High School in Maryland (Aberdeen Proving Ground).

“We are deeply committed to supporting military personnel, veterans and their families,” said Lianne Stein, vice president for Global Corporate Citizenship at Boeing. “The Initiative for Military Families will help prepare students for future success by creating learning opportunities that are the foundation of creative problem-solving and continued innovation.”


NMSI’s APTIP Expands to Colorado and Indiana with Help from the i3 Grant Funds

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Dr. Tony Bennett, Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction

This spring, NMSI hosted events in both Colorado and Indiana to celebrate the expansion of the highly-successful APTIP in nine schools in each state, with a goal of 64 schools total in upcoming years.

Funding for the combined $17.5 million projects in Colorado and Indiana was made possible by the Department of Education’s Investing in Innovation (i3) grant program and matching funds raised by NMSI. NMSI received $15 million in the second round of i3 grants awarded in 2011 to expand APTIP to Indiana and Colorado.

At the Indiana event, which was held at the State Capitol, Dr. Tony Bennett, Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction, said, “The economic development of our state and nation depend on the academic success of our children. We are a state saying our children deserve nothing but the best. We are going to be at the top nationally and internationally and this program makes that possible.”

The Indiana program will be administered by Notre Dame’s Institute for Educational Initiatives (IEI). The program will be identified as the Advanced Placement Training and Incentive Program in Indiana (AP-TIP IN). The Indiana program, which ultimately will be implemented in 34 secondary schools in the state, will begin in nine high schools starting in fall 2012.

“The Colorado Legacy Schools program helps give students the skills they need to excel in college,” Gov. John Hickenlooper said at a special event at the Colorado State Capitol. “By focusing on math, science and English, this program is preparing kids for 21st century careers and giving Colorado a competitive advantage over other states.”

The Colorado program will be administered by the Colorado Legacy Foundation (CLF) in partnership with NMSI. The program will be identified as the Colorado Legacy Schools Initiative (CLSI) and will begin in nine high schools starting in fall 2012. The goal is to expand the program to a total of 30 high schools as well as their feeder middle schools with three-year grants that are focused on increasing AP enrollment and achievement in traditionally underserved populations.


2012 LTF Teacher and Trainer of the Year Awards

On Saturday, May 5, Laying the Foundation hosted its first annual Teacher and Trainer of the Year Awards dinner to honor the following teachers and trainers chosen to receive these awards:

  • Mary Pennington, Math Teacher of the Year, Pflugerville ISD (TX)
  • Jeanne Parlangeli, Science Teacher of the Year, Pasadena ISD (TX)
  • Emily Howell, English Teacher of the Year, Lincoln Parish Schools (LA)
  • Marianne Cavanaugh, Math Trainer of the Year, Project Opening Doors (CT)
  • Robert Gonzales, Science Trainer of the Year, Austin ISD (TX)
  • Barbara Abbe, English Trainer of the Year, retired from Lubbock ISD (TX)

Each award recipient was presented with a prize of $2,000 and a new iPad. To read short bios of the recipients, click here. Visit the new LTF YouTube channel for a video of the award recipients sharing their reasons for becoming teachers, their motivations for beginning LTF Training, their most rewarding moments as teachers, and more.

NMSI Showcased in ExxonMobil’s Masters Golf Tournament Ads

As viewers across the country watched the action of the 2012 Masters Golf Tournament, they also learned more about NMSI and its work to dramatically improve math and science education in the U.S., all thanks to ExxonMobil.ExxonMobil, a founding sponsor of NMSI, developed a series of commercials that were broadcast throughout the weekend finale of the prestigious tournament. The ads spotlighted NMSI and the need to inspire more American students to succeed in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields, which will help build a stronger workforce and drive innovation in our country.”This has been an extraordinary opportunity to showcase the critical need for stronger math and science education, especially as it relates to competitiveness in today’s global marketplace,” said Dr. Mary Ann Rankin, President and CEO of NMSI. “We are grateful to ExxonMobil for its ongoing leadership and commitment to high-impact initiatives, such as NMSI, that have significantly elevated the awareness and advanced the national dialogue about STEM education.”TO READ MORE, CLICK HERE

JPMorgan Chase Provides $200,000 for UTeach Program to Train Math and Science Teachers 

NMSI recently announced that JPMorgan Chase will provide $200,000 to support the highly regarded UTeach program to train math and science teachers on four university campuses across the United States: the University of California at Berkeley, Florida State University, Louisiana State University and the University of Texas at Dallas.

“This welcome support from JPMorgan Chase will help create a new generation of math and science teachers in the United States,” said Dr. Mary Ann Rankin, President and CEO of NMSI. “Our nation needs an additional 280,000 math and science teachers by 2015, and the UTeach program is playing a key role in providing those teachers.”

The grant from JPMorgan Chase will be used for induction training to help UTeach graduates majoring in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields to make the transition from college to public school classrooms. Since 2005, JPMorgan Chase has given nearly $340 million to education nationwide.


LTF Training to be Provided to Louisiana Teachers

In a Louisiana Department of Education press release published April 17, State Superintendent of Education John White announced that Louisiana will now be focusing on three initiatives, one of which is centered on Advanced Placement. Part of this initiative calls for state funding to provide LTF Training to more than 150 Louisiana teachers in districts with limited or no AP offerings or districts seeking to expand AP in their schools.

The press release links to LTF’s recent case study“Lincoln Parish English Teachers Lead District-Wide Transformation” about Ruston High School’s unprecedented improvements after implementing LTF Training there.

The LTF team is excited to see how the face of education in Louisiana will continue to progress in the coming months and years with the incorporation of these three new initiatives, particularly the Advanced Placement and LTF Training component.

LTF Summer Institute Registrations at an All-Time High

LTF is experiencing a record number of registrations for this year’s Summer Institutes, which are four-day professional development workshops consisting of content-based and pedagogy-driven teacher-to-teacher training supported by classroom-ready lessons and web-based resources. A couple of weeks ago, the program topped its Summer Institute registration numbers for all of 2011 – and the strongest registration months of May and June are still left.

Seating for these Institutes is limited, so anyone interested in attending LTF Training this summer is encouraged to register as soon as possible. Registration for individual trainings may be accessed through the Training Schedule page on the LTF website.

NMSI to Co-Chair National STEM Conference in Dallas

This summer, thousands of education, policy and industry thought leaders will convene in Dallas, Texas, for STEM Solutions 2012, a groundbreaking leadership summit that will bring the best minds and best practices together on a national stage to open the conversation and develop solutions to the STEM skills shortage.

As one of the conference’s co-chairs, NMSI will provide topical input, expertise and support throughout the planning stages, as well as during the conference. The presenters of the conference include U.S. News & World Report, Innovate+Educate and STEMConnector™.

Dr. Mary Ann Rankin, President and CEO of NMSI, will be speaking at STEM Solutions 2012 on the need to build national urgency about STEM education. She says, “The U.S. economy is being hit by a gathering storm of global competition, and we must rally our public schools, our corporations and our elected officials to meet this challenge.”

Known as the ‘godmother’ of the UTeach program to prepare more university students to become math and science teachers, Dr. Rankin will to salute the program’s milestones, including a 200 percent growth rate since 2008, which equates to 5,500 students with plans to become teachers in STEM fields.

To learn more about how you can help shape our nation’s future by participating in STEM Solutions 2012, visit To register for the conference at a special rate for those who are friends of NMSI, please use the code NMS038.


Recent media coverage of NMSI and its programs include:

To read more about NMSI successes and highlights from this past year, please click here to view our 2011 Annual Report.


May 23: “How to Prepare the STEM Teachers America Needs,” UTeach event, National Press Club, Washington, D.C.

May 23: NMSI All American Teacher of the Year awards celebration in Washington, D.C.

May 30-June 1: 6th Annual UTeach Institute-NMSI Conference in Austin, Texas

June 27-29: STEM Summit 2012: STEM Means Jobs, presented by US News & World Report, Innovate+Educate and STEMConnector, in Dallas; NMSI a co-chair

June 27-29: Military Kids: Shining from Sea to Sea annual conference, presented by the Military Child Education Coalition, in Grapevine, Texas

July 18-22: Advanced Placement National Conference in Orlando, Florida; joint NASA/Laying the Foundation Math presentation

October 7-10: APTIP Presidents annual conference in Little Rock, Arkansas


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