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NMSI in North Dakota
On December 10, 2015, the National Math + Science Initiative (NMSI) announced its expansion into North Dakota schools with an investment of up to $13 million from ExxonMobil, on behalf of XTO Energy Inc. which helps to fund this work in North Dakota. Since this time, State Superintendent Kirsten Baesler and her staff at the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction (NDDPI) have been working closely with NMSI's team regarding the implementation of two of NMSI’s transformative programs throughout North Dakota:  Laying the Foundation (LTF) and College Readiness Program (CRP).

The Laying the Foundation (LTF) portion of NMSI was kicked off in June 2015 and, after receiving extremely positive feedback from participants, a successful July 2016 event was held. The NDDPI and NMSI have secured the dates and location for the Summer 2017 LTF event and registration is now available.

Last year, the team’s hard work on the College Readiness Program (CRP) came to fruition with the first set of North Dakota High Schools selected and announced to participate in the NMSI CRP beginning with the 2016-2017 school year. 

 
 

What is NMSI?
The National Math + Science Initiative (NMSI) is a non-profit organization based in Dallas, TX, which was launched in 2007. Its mission is to improve student performance in the subjects of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) in the United States. NMSI was formed to address one of our nation’s greatest economic and intellectual threats—the declining number of students who are prepared to take rigorous college courses in mathematics and science and are equipped for careers in these related fields.
 
NMSI identifies programs that have proven to be effective and have documentable results. NMSI assists states to “scale up” these programs and strategies so all students have access to the comprehensive, evidenced-based approaches. NMSI will assist North Dakota in delivering dramatic and sustainable results while fundamentally changing the culture of education.

NMSI transforms education through a variety of programs and initiatives including:
  • NMSI’s Laying the Foundation (LTF) Program is strengthening the existing teaching corps through professional training resources aligned with 21st century mathematics and science expectations. LTF trainings were hosted in North Dakota during July 2015 and will be hosted again in during summer 2016.
  • NMSI’s College Readiness Program (CRP) is raising the academic bar in schools by demonstrating that more students, especially underrepresented groups, can master rigorous Advanced Placement (AP) coursework, especially in mathematics and science. Details are being finalized for CR training; however, it is projected they will begin during the summer of 2016.
  • NMSI’s UTeach Expansion Program significantly improves the quantity and quality of new mathematics and science teachers. It is anticipated this program will be introduced in future years.
 
Both the LTF and CRP programs offer numerous layers of support and professional development to assist educators and administrators to transform their classrooms and boost performance:
  • Specialized, hands-on, engaging training for teachers grades 3-12
  • Mathematics and English standards
  • Classroom ready tools
  • Online ready lessons
  • Ongoing support from expert teachers
  • Content coordinators and teacher mentors
  • Vertical alignment of K-12 and Higher Education expectations
  • *Supplies and equipment
  • *Stipends and bonuses for teachers and administrators
  • *Incentives for students
  • *Exam fee support for Advanced Placement classes
 
It is important to note that the areas marked with an asterisk (*) only apply to the CRP portion of NMSI and not LTF.

It is North Dakota’s plan to utilize NMSI in developing and sustaining these programs for North Dakota educators and students.