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Year 2 Accomplishments of the Master Teacher project

Study Details Appalachian (ARSI) and other RSIs
This exploratory research project focused on increasing rural districts' access to, and engagement in, science education improvement efforts. The research was a first step in informing the communication, designs, and implementation of science reform efforts so that they aptly address rural districts' contexts and needs. This one-year study focused on the National Science Foundation's Rural Systemic Initiative (RSI) program and was guided by the question: How and why do rural science educators take advantage of NSF's rural systemic initiative program?

ARSI School District in Spotlight for Technology
The Wayne County, Kentucky, School District was among several Kentucky and Tennessee school districts highlighted in the April 2003, issue of the T.H.E. (Technology Horizons in Education) Journal. The district has recently installed a cutting-edge, high speed data network using E-Rate funds.
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Master Teacher Year 1 Update
Year 1 Accomplishments of the Master Teacher project.

UVA Wise receives Eisenhower grant for summer institute
The UVA-Wise ARSI Resource Collaborative in cooperation with The Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE) were awarded a grant in the amount of $58,269.88 to develop a summer institute and follow-up days for K-8 mathematics, science and technoloty teachers in the 8 school districts served by ARSI and the CTE.

ARSI in PrincipalLeadership
The Appalachian Rural Systemic Initiative (ARSI) is highlighted in the January 2002 issue of PrincipalLeadership, published by the National Association of Secondary School Principals. The article describes the history of ARSI, the unique conditions that exist in rural Appalachia, and how the ARSI model has worked successfully in this environment. Lessons learned from the first five years of ARSI are described, as are the ways ARSI is evolving as it looks toward the future.

Full text of the article is available at

Logan Grade School Awarded West Virginia 2001 School of
Logan Elementary School, Logan County, West Virginia, and an ARSI Catalyst School, was one of twenty-six schools selected as a West Virginia 2001 School of Excellence. According to Tony Smedley, Executive Director for the Office of Human Resources, West Virginia Department of Education, who coordinates the state’s school recognition programs, “These schools were selected because they exhibit attributes of quality found in the nation’s top schools.” The nominated schools undergo a thorough review process that includes an extensive application, as well as an on-site review. Once this process is completed, a Blue Ribbon Committee selects the best schools in West Virginia for this prestigious honor.

Lead by the efforts of Susan McGlothen, ARSI Teacher Partner, Logan Elementary has shown growth in math and science student achievement since becoming involved with ARSI during the 1998-1999 school year. Mrs. McGlothen spends much of her time modeling hands-on lessons in mathematics and science and conducting targeted workshops to engage her colleagues in utilizing standards based strategies and content. In addition to being an ARSI Teacher Partner, Susan is also involved with numerous science and mathematics initiatives across West Virginia.

ARSI Master Teacher Project funded by NSF
The University of Kentucky ARSI Resource Collaborative has been awarded a Master Teacher project from the National Science Foundation. This is a three-year program that will involve selection of three ARSI Teacher Partners through a review process involving an external review panal. Teacher Partners from the six states involved with the ARSI project may apply for the award. Funds are included in the budget to pay for the full time release of the three Master Teachers including benefits and a three-week extended contract for the duration of the project.

The program will utilize Master Teachers to extend work that has been done by ARSI and its Teacher Partners to the next developmental level. The Master Teachers will extend the content knowledge and leadership capacity beyond the work of the Teacher Partners.

Master Teachers will concentrate their attention on further dveloping content knowledge in mathematics and/or science. The result of their efforts will be provided in priority order to Teacher Partners first (both within and outside of the current Resource Collaborative for which they are assigned), then classroom teachers within their school district and neighboring districts, and finally, principals and other administrators.

For more information on the Master Teacher project, contact Kim Zeidler, Principal Investigator at or (859) 257-4836.