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“The ultimate objective of AMSP is to attract students into the math and science teaching fields.” “We set aside money from AMSP to fund these Partnership Enhancement Programs (PEP) like this first one between UK and Jessamine and Woodford counties. We hope to do many more, including academies planned later this year between the Pulaski County School System, UK, and Somerset Community College.”
-- Wimberly Royster,
Appalachian Mathematics and Science Partnership
LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 18, 2004) -- Jessamine County and Woodford County schools have partnered for the first time with the University of Kentucky to conduct academies designed to give middle and high school mathematics and science teachers better tools for assessing the math and science work of their students.
The academies are being funded with $30,000 from a $22 million National Science Foundation grant of which the University of Kentucky is the lead agency. UK acquired the grant to develop the Appalachian Mathematics and Science Partnership (AMSP).
The AMSP grant covers 51 counties in Kentucky, Tennessee and western Virginia and 10 colleges or universities. In addition to UK, the other colleges and universities engaged in the project are Eastern Kentucky University, Kentucky State University, Morehead State University, Pikeville College, Prestonsburg Community College, Somerset Community College, Union College, University of Virginia’s College at Wise, and University of Tennessee.
“The ultimate objective of AMSP,” said project director Wimberly Royster, “is to attract students into the math and science teaching fields.” “We set aside money from AMSP to fund these Partnership Enhancement Programs (PEP) like this first one between UK and Jessamine and Woodford counties,” Royster said. “We hope to do many more, including academies planned later this year between the Pulaski County School System, UK, and Somerset Community College,” Royster said.
The first academies – a math academy June 1-7 at West Jessamine Middle School and a science academy set for June 7-11 at West Jessamine High School – were the product of a PEP application submitted to the AMSP by Felicia Roher, a teacher in the Jessamine County School System.
Roher and Patricia Putty, curriculum and instruction directors for Jessamine and Woodford public schools, said they organized the academies in the hope that teachers in both county school systems will share workable math and science teaching methods.
According to the grant application, instructional leaders from the Jessamine and Woodford school systems will work together to develop high quality formative and summative assessments for math and science students.
“All these programs are in keeping with the no-child-left-behind federal initiatives and, ultimately, will produce more highly qualified math and science teachers at every level of education,” Royster commented.