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The Appalachian Collaborative Center for Learning, Assessment and Instruction in Mathematics is building a mathematics infrastructure in the Appalachian regions of Kentucky, Ohio, Tennessee and West Virginia to serve as a model and resources for other isolated, rural, poverty-stricken areas across the country.

The two primary goals of ACCLAIM in these Appalachian regions are to:

  • build mathematics capacity and expertise through advanced degree programs in mathematics, job-embedded professional development for middle and high school mathematics education, and research that connects mathematics and rural education
  • improve the quality of mathematics teacher education programs and mathematics teaching at the middle and high school levels in these Appalachian regions through the development of collaborative networks and innovative delivery systems

ACCLAIM links resources from the University of Kentucky, the University of Louisville, Marshall University, Ohio University, the University of Tennessee - Knoxville, and West Virginia University with the Appalachian Rural Systemic Initiative (ARSI). Partner universities represent various initiatives: capacity building, professional development, teacher education, and research. Ohio University is the host site for the Research Initiative.

The ACCLAIM Research Initiative, centered in The Patton College of Education at Ohio University:

  • stimulates research activities conducted by faculty, doctoral and post-doctoral students, classroom teachers and pre-service teachers
  • oversees and coordinates data collection and analysis efforts conducted within the other initiatives
  • publishes or disseminates "best practices" that emanate from ACCLAIM and serves as a clearinghouse of research findings for faculty, teachers, administrators and policy makers

Visit the ACCLAIM website.

For more information, please contact: 

ACCLAIM Research Initiative 
321 McCracken Hall
Athens, OH 45701