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ARSI Celebration
The Appalachian Rural Systemic Initiative Celebration: The End of the Beginning will be held July 6, 7, and 8, 2005 at the Holiday Inn North, 1950 Newtown Pike, Lexington, KY 40511.

Registration is now open at

If you have questions regarding the conference, please do not hesitate to contact your ARSI Resource Collaborative Coordinator, Linda Griffin (x238), Denise Norton (x227), Lynn Robinson (x233), or Stephen Henderson (x231) at the ARSI central office -- (859) 255-3511.

Additional conference information is available below:


Concurrent Sessions

Accommodations and Travel Directions

Speakers (To be added in late May; for now, see Agenda and Concurrent Sessions )

Area Attractions

2004 ARSI Summer Academy
It's summertime and the learning is easy ... sign up today for the AMSP & ARSI Summer Academy. Conferencing with us is a rewarding experience because we make it informative and fun.

We provide the opportunity for school teachers and higher education faculty to learn content and new teaching skills. Our keynote speakers will discuss the impact of 21st century workplace demands upon mathematics and science education.

Register today at

ARSI Leadership Academy for School Principals
ARSI principals are invited to participate in Tools, Strategies, and Resources for Improving the School Science and Mathematics Program, a leadership academy for principals across the Central Appalachian region. The academy will be held on July 7, 2004, at the Meadowview Resort and Conference Center in Kingsport, Tennessee. The program will focus on research and standards-based strategies and resources, which can improve learning opportunities for all students. The agenda is designed to provide an overview of a number of practices which impact professional development, classroom monitoring, and data analysis, which are all critical aspects of every principal's work, especially in these years when the No Child Left Behind legislation is putting an increasing focus on student achievement in mathematics, science and literacy.

For more information and registration details, see the full brochure at

Year 8 Annual Progress Report
ARSI's Year 8 Annual Progress Report has been submitted. A copy is available on the Web at or by going to About ARSI --> Annual Progress Reports.

Nominees Sought for NSF Distinguished Teaching Awards
The National Science Foundation Director's Awards for Distinguished Teaching Scholars (DTS) recognizes and rewards six to eight individuals annually who are both meritorious scholars and exemplary teachers as evidenced by their ability to integrate their research and educational activities and to approach research and education in a scholarly manner. This year, for the first time, the program involves a two-step process. Nominations are due November 19, 2003, for the first step. A select group of individuals from the first round nominees will be invited to submit proposals by February 25, 2004. The URL for the solicitation is:

2003 ARSI/AMSP Summer Academy
Its summertime and the learning is easy. . .
Sign up today for the ARSI/AMSP Summer Academy. Conferencing with us is a rewarding experience because we make it informative and fun.

We provide the opportunity for teachers, school administrators, and counselors in ARSI/AMSP Partner school districts to learn new content, new teaching skills, and more about the new ARSI partnership with the AMSP (Appalachian Math Science Partnership) program. Our keynote speakers will discuss, among other things, how projects can work together, and the No Child Left Behind legislation.

Holiday Inn North
Lexington, Kentucky
July 14-16

See for registration information.

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.
See the full story at

Master Teacher Year 1 Update
Year 1 Accomplishments of the Master Teacher project.

Noyce Scholarship
Are you interested in teaching middle or secondary school science in a small rural area in Appalachia? The Noyce Scholarship Program may provide financial assistance for helping you achieve this goal. The Program is supported by the National Science Foundation and can provide up to two (2) years of academic scholarship support for juniors, seniors, and graduate students preparing to teach science. Successful applicants receive a loan in the amount of $3,000 per semester ($2,000 per quarter) for academic/professional work leading toward science teacher preparation and certification. With a year of teaching service in an approved Appalachian community, the loan (principal and interest) is converted to a scholarship. One year of service is required for each year of academic support. Participating institutions include Marshall University, Ohio University, University of Kentucky, University of Tennessee, and University of Virginia College at Wise.

For more information and to apply visit

Univ of Ky Math and Science Project Seeks Parents
The Appalachian Mathematics and Science Partnership (AMSP), headed up by the University of Kentucky, seeks 10 parents interested in improving academic achievement for public school students. The institutes are designed to help parents become more involved in improving their children’s schools and to help enhance academic achievements for all students.

For more information or to apply, see or contact the Prichard Committee by phone at 1-800-928-2111 or by e-mail. Parents may also contact their children’s school principals for more information. Schools that submit three or more applications will be given special consideration. The application deadline is March 31, with selections announced May 9.

Appalachian Mathematics and Science Partnership
The University of Kentucky has been awarded a $22 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to help strengthen and reform education in math and science in pre-K through grade 12 classrooms in Kentucky.
Full Story
Also see the AMSP Web Site

MU ARSI Principal Nominated for 2002 Premiere Principal
Norma E. McCloud, Principal of Logan Elementary School, was a nominee for the 2002 Premiere Principal Award sponsored by State Farm Insurance. She was honored at a dinner co-sponsored by The WV Education Alliance. Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito was the keynote speaker.
Mrs. McCloud received a plaque and $250. She was accompanied to the event by Ken and Susan McGlothen and Sheila Hager. Mrs. McGlothen is an ARSI Teacher Partner employed at Logan Elementary; Mrs. Hager is a teacher at Logan Elementary. Mrs. McCloud is a catalyst school principal and has actively participated in ARSI activities.

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