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.

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


February 10, 2015

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 2009-2014.