UAHuntsville hosting Chinese educators

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (Nov. 1, 2011) - The University of Alabama in Huntsville's Institute for Science Education's AMSTI program will be hosting 23 teachers and professors representing the China National Institute for Educational Research this week.

The visitors will arrive Thursday morning, November 3 and depart Sunday, November 6.

In 2005, the China National Institute for Educational Research (CHIER), the National Science Resources Center (NSRC) and Chinese Association for Science and Technology (CAST) signed Memorandum of Understanding for collaboratively implementing "Project on Science Education Inquiry." In order to implement the memorandum, CNIER and NSRC jointly organized 12 rounds of science teachers' training courses.

Alabama's UAHuntsville AMSTI science specialists were identified and invited to travel to China and train the CNIER master teachers on AMSTI science materials, four units per grade, first through sixth grades. The Chinese teachers and professors represent provinces throughout China.

The CNIER representatives will be visiting in the Huntsville area to learn more about the nationally and internationally recognized AMSTI program and observe classroom teaching in area AMSTI schools

These educators will learn more about the Alabama Math, Science, and Technology Initiative and visit AMSTI (Alabama Math, Science and Technology Initiative) classrooms in the area, according to Brenda Terry, AMSTEC's executive director at UAHuntsville.



1 p.m. UAHuntsville Institute for Science Education

CNIER Representatives will meet with AMSTI leadership: Mr. Steve Ricks, Alabama State Department of Education AMSTI Director, Ms. Carol Mueller, UAHuntsville AMSTI Director. Shelly Hollis, UNA AMSTI Director, Ms. Tonya Barnes, JSU AMSTI Director, Dr. Jim Miller, Director, UAHuntsville Institute for Science Education; Ms. Brenda Terry AMSTEC Executive Director

2:30 p.m. Tour AMSTI Materials Center and Warehouse

3:30 p.m. Tour UAHuntsville Campus


9:00 a.m. Classroom visits, Mill Creek Elementary School

11:30 a.m. Lunch

1:30 - 3:30 p.m. Hudson Alpha Center for Biotechnology


9 a.m. U.S. Space & Rocket Center