NISMED continues its important functions as a curriculum research and development and extension unit of the University, disseminating its publications through its teacher training programs at the national, regional, division, district, and school levels as well as in its public lecture series.
Due to its capabilities in research, curriculum development, and teacher training, NISMED was selected in the late 80’s by the Japanese and Philippine Governments to be the Project Manager of the National Learning Resource Center for Teacher Training in Science and Mathematics, a package-type grant from Japan which included construction of the Science Teacher Training Center building and a hostel, complete with equipment and furniture. The NISMED complex soon after became the venue for the Science and Mathematics Education Manpower Development Project (SMEMDP) through which NISMED staff underwent training under Japanese experts and in turn conducted national training programs for participants from all the regions of the country. Through this project (1994 to 1999) another bountiful crop of sourcebooks, posters, improvised equipment, and nonprint materials were produced by NISMED. The practical work approach to teaching science and mathematics, exemplified by hands-on, minds-on and hearts-on activities for the learner, was widely promoted and disseminated by NISMED through this project.
To this day, NISMED leads in introducing unique and innovative programs for the betterment of science and mathematics education in the country. This is accomplished through its research-based print and nonprint materials and its professional development programs. The latter have been conducted on-site to reach the teachers in their own communities and through mentoring and collaborative schemes that build mastery of concepts and skills, as well as confidence and empowerment.