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Athens State University Produces AMSTI Certified Mathematics Graduates

June 19, 2013

ATHENS, Ala. - The Alabama State Department of Education recently approved an AMSTI (Alabama Math, Science, and Technology Initiative) Precertification Proposal for grades 6—12 preservice certification in mathematics. The proposal was written by Carrie Lin, Athens AMSTI Site Director and Patricia Glaze, Athens State University Assistant Professor of Mathematics. They chose Algebra training since Algebra is an important strand in the 6—12th grade mathematics curriculum. Steve Ricks, Alabama State Department of Education AMSTI Director, commended Lin and Glaze for providing ASU preservice mathematics teachers with the opportunity to graduate “AMSTI Certified.” Athens State University is the first in the state to offer this option to its mathematics licensure and certification students. Eight students are scheduled to attend the first AMSTI preservice math summer institute in June, 2013 to become first-year Algebra AMSTI certified.

The Alabama Math, Science, and Technology Initiative is the Alabama Department of Education’s initiative to improve math and science teaching statewide. Its mission is to provide all students in Grades K-12 with the knowledge and skills needed for success in the workforce and/or postsecondary studies. As the largest and most comprehensive math and science initiative in the United States, AMSTI has become the leading model for math and science education reform. Fortune 500 CEO’s selected AMSTI as one of only 35 “programs that work” from across the nation and it was the only math and science initiative recognized. (www.AMSTI.org)

Over 400,000 students in grades Pre-K through 12 receive instruction by AMSTI certified teachers every school day. Approximately half of all public schools in Alabama are official AMSTI schools. Eleven university partners provide AMSTI sites on their campuses. Athens State University’s AMSTI site was established in 2008. It serves over 30 schools and 500+ teachers in ten school systems - Athens City, Blount County, Cullman City, Cullman County, Decatur City, Hartselle City, Lawrence County, Limestone County, Morgan County, and Oneonta City.


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