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    National Math and Science Initiative and DoD STEM Launch College Readiness Program at Military-Connected Schools

    National Math and Science Initiative and DoD STEM Launch College Readiness Program at Military-Connected Schools

    Photo By Petty Officer 2nd Class Kryzentia Richards | Three different High Schools in Eagle-Mountain Saginaw ISD receive grants from the...... read more read more



    Story by Sandy Owens 

    Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base

    NAS JRB FORT WORTH, TEXAS—The Northwest Independent School District (NISD) and Eagle Mountain-Saginaw Independent School District (EMSISD) have recently been awarded grants by the National Math Science Initiative (NMSI). This is made possible by the high number of military-connected students, but benefits all students enrolled in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) courses. On October 31, 2023, both school districts held a "Welcome to the NMSI Family" celebration to commemorate the achievement.

    The NMSI grant aims to strengthen STEM education across the United States within military-connected schools. This grant will provide NISD and EMSISD a significant boost in funding, providing resources to expand and enhance their programs.

    Within EMSISD, Boswell High School is set to receive $131,157, Chisholm Trail High School will be granted $143,841, and Saginaw High School will benefit from an allocation of $202,655. Meanwhile, in NISD, Byron Nelson High School will receive $101,276, Eaton High School will be awarded $91,904, Steele High School Early College will receive $117,326, and Northwest High School will benefit from $92,579 in funding.

    “NMSI’s college readiness program has proven to be exemplary in engaging students in STEM, especially students who are historically underrepresented in these subject areas,” said DoD STEM Director Louie Lopez. “The Department of Defense offers unique and immersive internship and career opportunities across the Defense laboratories and centers, including uniformed and civilian roles. STEM skills – such as critical thinking and problem solving – are required for those opportunities and set the foundation for success across other careers and personal endeavors.”

    The funding will support professional development for teachers, allowing them to employ innovative instructional techniques that ignite student curiosity and engagement. Furthermore, the grant will support additional resources and materials to supplement classroom teachings, ensuring students have access to cutting-edge scientific equipment.

    “We are grateful that our district was selected to receive this prestigious grant, as it will allow us to enhance STEM education not just for our military-connected students, but for all students,” said Director of College Career Military Readiness and Advanced Academics of EMSISD, Raymond Fahey. “The funds will support teacher development, classroom resources, and leadership to promote success in science, technology, engineering and math both in and after high school. This partnership reflects our commitment to nurturing inquisitive minds and guiding more toward meaningful careers.”

    NISD, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction, Dr. Michael Griffin, emphasized the positive impact of the program.

    “Our district already partnered with the National Math & Science Initiative for industry-leading training for teachers and administrators, and thanks to the Department of Defense’s grant, we’re now able to receive that training at no cost,” she said. “Students benefit when teachers have the opportunity to acquire deeper content knowledge that this grant funds. Reducing the cost of AP tests on top of what our district already pays for also makes acquiring college credit more attainable.”

    These grants will have a significant impact on students in both districts. They will help develop a passion for STEM subjects and provide them with the necessary preparation for future academic and career opportunities in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.



    Date Taken: 11.01.2023
    Date Posted: 11.06.2023 12:25
    Story ID: 457281
    Location: FORT WORTH, TX, US

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