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Master Teacher Project (MT)

National Science Foundation award to the Appalachian Mathematics and Science Partnership


Award Year
January 2009 - September 2012



The Appalachian Mathematics and Science Partnership (AMSP) was awarded $599,177 in supplemental funding by the National Science Foundation to support the newly created AMSP Master Teacher Project. A supplement of $300,000 was awarded by NSF in August 2009 to extend the project and add aditional participants. Starting in January, 2009 the new project will provide a select group of K-12 mathematics and science teachers with a two-year program of mentored professional and leadership development. Through this training program AMSP aims to create seventeen highly skilled Master Teachers of mathematics and science to serve as expert resources in high-need school districts within central Appalachia. In the process, AMSP aims to synergize partnerships between school district personnel and university faculty in an effort to accelerate long-term educational improvements and expand effective cross-institution coordination.

University faculty and Regional Teacher Partners who were trained through the highly successful Appalachian Rural Systemic Initiative (ARSI) Master Teacher Program will work directly with the AMSP Master Teachers as mentors. The primary role of the university faculty will be to facilitate the IHE Mentor Teams that concentrate on developing the instructional content of the Master Teachers. The ARSI Regional Teacher Partners will facilitate a Community of Practice that is designed to prepare the Master Teachers to lead professional development as it relates to curriculum, instruction, and assessment. In addition, the Master Teachers will attend national institutes along with their ARSI mentors to receive the Formal Training component of their training program. The Master Teachers will use the expertise they develop and the nationally recognized materials they receive through this three-part training program to provide professional development for mathematics and science teachers within their own districts and across the central Appalachian region.


Jim Moore, Terry Parkey - PIMSER Regional Teacher Partners
Kim Zeidler-Watters, Director, P-12 Math & Science Outreach

For More Information

For more information on this program, please contact:
Kim Zeidler-Watters, Director

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