24 January 2006
Alabama Math, Science, Technology Initiative
to the JSU Board of Trustees
Graduate Studies and Continuing Education
January 23, 2006
The In-Service Education
Center at Jacksonville State University is one of eleven Regional Inservice
Centers in the state that have been actively involved as partners with the
Alabama Department of Education and the local school systems in providing
teacher training at all grade levels.
In recent years the Alabama
State Department of Education has implemented the Alabama Math, Science,
Technology Initiative (AMSTI) with the purpose of raising student achievement in
math, and science, coupled with optimum methodology for integrating technology
into student learning. The In-Service
Center at Jacksonville State University is one of eight Regional Inservice Centers designated
as a site for conducting training for K-12 science and math teachers. In support of this training, the Alabama
Department of Education has awarded funds to JSU for teacher training, purchase
of instructional supplies for K-12 students, and salaries and benefits for five
AMSTI staff members.
AMSTI provides three basic
services: professional development,
equipment and materials, and on-site support.
Schools become official ASMTI Schools by sending all of their math and
science teachers, and administrators to two-week Summer Institutes for two
consecutive summers. At the Summer
Institutes, teachers receive grade and subject specific professional development
that is highly applicable to their own classrooms. Training is conducted by “master” teachers
who have been certified as AMSTI trainers after successfully completing AMSTI
trainer workshops. Upon completion of
the training, instructional kits are delivered to the classroom for the use of
the participating teacher. At the end of
every semester, additional kits will be prepared for delivery and use of the
teachers who enroll in this project.
Partners for AMSTI JSU are
the JSU College of Education and Professional Studies, College of Arts and Sciences,
College of Graduate Studies and Continuing Education, the In-Service Education
Center, Alabama Science in Motion at JSU, Alabama Technology in Motion at JSU,
and all fifteen school systems in the JSU service area. Providing additional expertise and assistance
are the Smithsonian accredited Anniston Museum of Natural History, the Anniston
Army Depot, Honda Alabama, Westinghouse Anniston, Acker Electric and other
businesses and industries which employ scientists, engineers, and people who use
mathematics as an essential part of their work.
When fully implemented,
this project will serve approximately 4,000 teachers and more than 58,000
students in the JSU service area. The
AMSTI record for improving student learning and student achievement is
impressive. In recent evaluations,
students whose teachers were trained in the AMSTI program scored significantly
higher on student achievement tests than those without the AMSTI program in
their school. The superintendents of the
fifteen school systems in the JSU service area, enthusiastically support this
program. More importantly, the teachers
and principals of the individual schools have demonstrated their interest and
willingness to participate in the summer institutes. During a recent orientation session conducted
by AMSTI JSU, there were over 200 lead math and science teachers and principals
representing 80 schools.
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