The Alabama Math, Science, and Technology Initiative, commonly referred to as AMSTI, is the Alabama Department of Education’s initiative to improve STEM teaching statewide, including improvements in the individual, as well as the integrated, STEM subjects. Its mission is to support Alabama educators and students in learning STEM through doing STEM.
AMSTI beliefs include:
Equity – ensuring learning opportunities for all
Expertise – delivering content and pedagogical knowledge and resources informed by evidence of effective practice
Efficacy – maintaining high expectations for staff and stakeholders
Empowerment - building sustainability and connecting STEM providers in Alabama communities
Engagement – learning by doing for staff and stakeholders
AMSTI’s motto is: Learning by Doing
AMSTI has three basic services: professional learning, resources, and onsite support. Schools apply to become official AMSTI Schools and, when accepted, agree to send all of their math and science teachers, and administrators to foundational training for two consecutive years. Teachers who attend training receive the resources needed to implement the lessons in the classroom. Additionally, schools agree to follow-up support during the school year delivered through coaching and professional learning communities.
Over its history, AMSTI has received both national and international attention for its effectiveness at raising achievement scores and improving student interest in math and science. Fortune 500 CEOs selected AMSTI as one of 35 “programs that work” from across the nation. AMSTI’s effectiveness and accomplishments have been highlighted by the National Governors Association, The Smithsonian-National Science Resource Center, the National Council of State Legislators, Education Week, Science Generation: A National Imperative at the American Museum of Natural History Summit and others.