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Question:   What is an AMSTI School?

Answer:   An AMSTI School is a school that receives all of the benefits of the initiative including extensive professional development, equipment, supplies, and materials (including refurbishment), and at-school support by math and science specialists at no cost to the school! Students in AMSTI Schools learn math, science, and technology through activity-based, inquiry approaches consistent with the latest research on effective math and science instruction.

Question:   What grades and subjects may receive services from AMSTI?

Answer:   AMSTI is the Alabama Department of Education’s initiative to improve math and science teaching statewide. The initiative serves math and science teachers in Grades K-12. In addition, all school administrators and special education teachers that teach or are involved in supporting math and science instruction are eligible for services.

Question:   How may my school participate in AMSTI?

Answer:   The design of AMSTI requires that AMSTI Schools must be located within the geographical inservice area that has an AMSTI service site. Each AMSTI site supplies teachers with the professional development, resources, and local support necessary for high-quality math and science instruction. Schools apply to the AMSTI site to become AMSTI Schools. Currently, AMSTI sites are located in the following regions (area served defined by the local inservice center region): Jacksonville State University The University of Alabama & The University of West Alabama University of Alabama in Huntsville University of Montevallo University of North Alabama University of South Alabama Wallace State Community College in Selma and the Alabama State University Auburn University University of Alabama in Birmingham Troy University Applications to become an AMSTI School are provided only at AMSTI recruitment sessions. These sessions are typically held once a year in each region of the state. Local superintendents and principals are mailed a letter from the State Department of Education informing them of the time and locations of the recruitment sessions. The principal, a math teacher, and a science teacher from a school interested in becoming an AMSTI school must attend the recruitment session in order to receive an application. At the session, AMSTI staff provide details of what schools can expect from AMSTI and the commitments the participants must make to be considered. The attendees are also provided with a PowerPoint presentation so they can more fully share the AMSTI process with their faculties. Schools interested in attending AMSTI then submit the application they received at the recruitment session.

Question:   What are the requirements for a school to become an AMSTI School?

Answer:   Math teachers, science teachers, special education teachers teaching or involved in supporting math and science instruction, and administrators in AMSTI Schools agree to attend two-week long Summer Institutes for two consecutive summers and participate in additional professional development during the school year. AMSTI Schools also agree to a number of other requirements including designating local school lead teachers in math and science, structuring scheduling so as to allow for learning teams, organizing planning/implementation teams, and forming business partnerships. The school also agrees to let selected teachers participate in advanced trainer certification sessions during the school year. The school/school system is responsible for delivery and return of AMSTI modules according to the schedule set by the local AMSTI site. A list of all requirements can be obtained by contacting an AMSTI site or the Alabama Department of Education.

Question:   What does it cost to become an AMSTI School?

Answer:   There is no direct cost to a school for participating in AMSTI. The local AMSTI site provides stipends for teachers attending the Summer Institute, all equipment, supplies, and materials furnished to teachers for implementing hands -on, inquiry-based math and science (including refurbishment), and the on-site support. Indirect costs schools or school systems may incur include allowing selected teachers to participate in advanced trainer certification sessions during the school year. The school/school system is also responsible for delivery and return of AMSTI modules according to the schedule set by the local AMSTI site.

Question:   What is the relationship between Alabama Science In Motion (ASIM) and AMSTI?

Answer:   ASIM already existed when AMSTI was being designed. ASIM was so successful that the AMSTI Design Committee adopted ASIM as the high school science component of AMSTI. Science teachers of biology, chemistry, and physics in Grades 9-12 receive AMSTI training and support from ASIM; whereas, math teachers in these grades are serviced by the local AMSTI site. Additional information regarding the relationship of ASIM and AMSTI can be obtained by contacting Amanda Rylant, Secondary Science Specialist - AMSTI/ASIM at arylant@alsde.edu (334) 353-5322, or Paul Norgaard, Secondary Science Specialist - AMSTI/ASIM at pnorgaard@alsde.edu (334) 353-9172. For additional information about AMSTI: Email: http://questions@amsti.org Alabama Math, Science and Technology Initiative Alabama State Department of Education 50 North Ripley Street, Room 3323 Montgomery, AL 36104 (Top)

Question:   What happens after my school completes the two years of Summer Institute training?

Answer:   Your school will continue to receive materials including refurbishment. At-school support will also continue to be provided by math and science specialists. Also, AMSTI provides quality opportunities with AMSTI Affiliates to help our teachers continue their professional development in year three and beyond.