Voices of the AMSP: The Appalachian Mathematics and Science Partnership Conference Monograph

Publication: September 2012

Project: Appalachian Mathematics and Science Partnership

Authors: Mark St. John, Michelle Phillips, and Becky Carroll

Type: Conference Monograph

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On December 3rd and 4th of 2010, a two-day reflective conference was held in Lexington, Kentucky. The conference was organized by the Appalachian Math Science Partnership (AMSP), a project funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) in 2002, and one of the first and largest of the “comprehensive” grants awarded under the Math Science Partnership (MSP) program. The conference, Voices of the AMSP, brought together educators and researchers involved in the AMSP effort to share the stories and lessons learned from this ambitious project. Over the course of two days, over 40 participants shared the countless ways in which the AMSP project has influenced their work in improving STEM education in the region.

Inverness Research has served as the external evaluator to the AMSP project since its inception, and attended the conference as documenters. In this monograph, we utilize some of the many experiences recounted at the conference to tell the story of the AMSP as an improvement community. This monograph is not meant to be a comprehensive recounting of the AMSP project in detail. Rather, this monograph uses the concrete and very real examples that emerged from the conference to illuminate the ways in which the AMSP project, as part of a cumulative investment that built on the other STEM education initiatives in the region, has contributed to the educational improvement capital in Appalachia.

Intended Audience

Science and Mathematics Educators, Teachers, Reform Leaders, District Administrators, general public.

Funded by

This report was prepared with support from the National Science Foundation under grant number DUE-0227028.


These materials do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation. Any and all errors are claimed by the authors of this document, Inverness Research, Inc.

Date published

September 2012

Distribution Policy

Inverness Research Inc. grants permission to print and distribute copies.