Science, Mathematics, Technology, School Reform

Western Michigan University's Science and Mathematics Program Improvement conducts client-centered, user-friendly program evaluations and professional consultations for K-12 schools, institutions of higher education, the State of Michigan Department of Education, nonprofit organizations and other education entities.

  • SAMPI emphasizes program improvement. Our staff works collaboratively with clients to determine their needs and interests and to select appropriate support activities.
  • SAMPI's projects focus on STEM (science-technology-engineering-mathematics), teaching and learning, systemic reform, underachieving schools, literacy, teacher professional development, curriculum implementation, instructional materials development, student assessment, data use, leadership development, and technology use in the classroom.
  • SAMPI uses a collaborative, consensus-building approach to facilitate active involvement of clients in the evaluation and program improvement process. We offer feedback on project implementation and early outcomes that alert clients to possible adjustments in project activities needed to better meet program goals. SAMPI emphasizes making information gathering and analysis, as well as subsequent use of information, integral to program delivery.
  • SAMPI's team consists of researchers and staff with backgrounds in science, mathematics, K-12 and higher education settings, data management, statistics, and technology. SAMPI also draws on the expertise of WMU faculty as well as collaborators across the country.
  • The SAMPI team uses a range of techniques, including standard evaluation procedures, research, professional development activities, materials and assessment studies, and other project-specific consultation services.
  • Many of the SAMPI team members belong to and have presented at the American Evaluation Association (AEA) annual conferences. In addition, team members belong to and have attended the Michigan Association for Evaluation (MAE) annual conferences.

SAMPI is a center within the Mallinson Institute for Science Education in WMU's College of Arts and Sciences.

News

WMU garners more than $1 million in grants in January, February

Accomplishments of Mark Jenness were mentioned in the WMU News for a continuing grant of $122,918 from the Michigan Department of Education.

Excellence in Discovery award for 2016

Mary Anne Sydlik, Ph.D., director of SAMPI, is a recipient of the University’s Excellence in Discovery Award. The award recognizes research and external funding over $1 million level for 2010-2015.

Z-Factor Project

The Z-Factor project is designed to increase elementary students’ awareness of their sleep cycle and thus expose them to science, engineering and math concepts. Students collect sleep related data and use tablets to analyze, store, and review data on an interactive website created specifically for this project. The National Science Foundation’s 2016 Video Showcase featured Sleep to Enhance Participation in STEM: Z-Factor ITEST Program Highlights.