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NORTH SHELBY – Much teaching and learning was taking place at Oak Mountain Middle School in mid-July, though students had not returned to school early.

The Alabama Math, Science and Technology Initiative division based at the University of Montevallo held its annual Summer Institute at OMMS, with about 900 teachers from Shelby County and surrounding areas undergoing training to make them more effective in their classrooms—and some special guests on hand to learn about the initiative.

AMSTI offers teachers professional development plus on-site support and materials, Education Specialist Rachel Stockard said.

The training features tips, best practices and hands-on projects, taught by fellow instructors, that teachers can take back to their schools. Through the training, teachers become certified for a certain grade level.

AMSTI UM supports about 3,500 K-12 math and science teachers in more than 80 schools. In addition to SCS, teachers from several other systems in the area participated in the training.

Guests at the Summer Institute included Nick Moore, education advisor to Gov. Kay Ivey, and Walt Maddox, mayor of Tuscaloosa who is campaigning for governor.

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