ConocoPhillips
Applied Mathematics Program

About AMP!

AMP! Participant presenting.

The ConocoPhillips Applied Mathematics Program (AMP!) aims to create a cadre of exceptional teacher leaders who will enhance teaching and learning in the Greater Houston metropolitan area and improve students’ success in mathematics and science. The program is offered for 5th Grade Science & Mathematics; 6th Grade Science & Mathematics; 7th Grade Science & Mathematics; 8th Grade Science & Mathematics; and Algebra I & Biology teacher pairs.

AMP! is designed to have Science & Mathematics teachers attend as a team representing their school. The program uses inquiry-based teaching strategies to provide innovative and unique professional development. Teachers learn how to integrate their partner's subject area into their own instruction in order to develop an authentic STEM environment on campus. AMP! includes hands-on and laboratory activities, guided discussions, and guest lectures.


AMP! Benefits

Through the year-long professional development program, AMP! highlights connected lessons between mathematics and science, constructivist pedagogy, sustained coaching, and standards-aligned lessons, R-STEM aims to:

  1. Increase mathematics and science content, as well as pedagogical knowledge of 5th–9th grade teachers by selecting pairs of mathematics and science teachers from the same campus, and support their further enrichment through intensive professional development.
  2. Increase student engagement and achievement in STEM with a focus on inquiry in mathematics by making connections between inquiry science and applied mathematics through engaging, creative, and rigorous learning experiences for students.
  3. Create a supportive and rewarding environment to sustain teachers in high-needs schools by establishing professional learning communities, support team learning and team building, and provide mentoring, coaching, and training to successfully implement the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS).

I really liked the integration of math and science in the lessons presented. It gave a much deeper real-world meaning to the content.


    2021–2022 AMP! Program*

    Participation in AMP! includes attending the summer institute and school year sessions. Program dates and other program expectations are listed below.

    Applications are now closed. If you are interested in the program and would like to be notified when applications for next year open, please fill out the following interest form.

    Please note: At this time we do not know whether we will be able to hold our program in person. In the event that we are unable to have our participants on site, we are prepared to offer a virtual program with remote participants.

    AMP! 5th Program Information
    AMP! 5th Program Dates

    Participants are required to attend the AMP! Kickoff on July 1, 2021 and the week-long summer institute* from July 20–22, 2021.

    AMP! 5th also includes multiple weekday evening classes during the 2021–2022 academic year. A tentative list of dates for each program will be available soon.

    *Please note: At this time we do not know whether we will be able to hold our program in person. In the event that we are unable to have our participants on site, we are prepared to offer a virtual program with remote participants.

    AMP! 5th Applications

    Applicants will be notified of their status by May 14, 2021. Space is very limited and subject to funding availability, therefore, completing the application process does NOT guarantee placement in the program.

    Previous AMP! participants will be placed on a wait list. Once the 5th Grade program reaches capacity, all future applicants will be placed on a waitlist.

    Applicants will be required to submit a signed Principal and Participant Agreement Letter (PPAL) with their application. By signing the form, the applicant's principal agrees to let the applicants participate during the 2021 Summer Institute and during the 2021–2022 school year. By completing the application, the applicants agree to participate during the 2021 Summer Institute and during the 2021–2022 school year. If applying as a teacher-pair, both teachers in a teacher-pair need to submit an individual application. Teacher-pairs from different campuses will need to submit separate PPALs.

    If you are unable to upload the form to your application, you can email them to stem@rice.edu.

    Click Here to Apply

    Applications close on May 9, 2021. All documents are due at this time.

    AMP! 5th Benefits & Expectations

    The expectations of AMP! 5th participants include, but are not limited to:

    • Attending the AMP! Kickoff;
    • Attending and participating in all training sessions (Summer Institute & school year sessions);
    • Participating in and completing group projects;
    • Timely completion and submission of all pre- and post-tests; and
    • Timely completion and submission of all course assignments and homework.

    For completing all program requirements, participants will receive:

    • Approximately 90 CPE hours worth of sustained and supported professional development;
    • $2000 stipend (paid to both teachers in a teacher-pair);
    • $500 in classroom materials to teach program curriculum (paid to both teachers in a teacher-pair); and
    • TEKS-aligned curriculum that builds a crosswalk between science, mathematics, literacy, and technology.
    AMP! 5th Program Flyer

    Below is copy of the AMP! 5th grade flyer. You can access a PDF version for download here.

    AMP! 5th grade flyer
    AMP! 6th–9th Program Information
    AMP! 6th–9th Program Dates

    Participants are required to attend the AMP! Kickoff on July 1, 2021 and the week-long summer institute from July 5–9, 2021

    AMP! 6th–9th includes 4 all-day Saturday and 4 Wednesday evening classes during the 2021–2022 academic year. A tentative list of dates for each program will be available soon.

    Wednesday evenings classes are from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

    Saturday classes are from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

    *Please note: At this time we do not know whether we will be able to hold our program in person. In the event that we are unable to have our participants on site, we are prepared to offer a virtual program with remote participants.

    AMP! 6th–9th Applications

    Applicants will be notified of their status by May 14, 2021; priority will be given to teacher-pairs from the same campus. ​Space is very limited and subject to funding availability, therefore, completing the application process does NOT guarantee placement in the program.

    Previous AMP! participants will be placed on a wait list. Once the 6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade, and Algebra I/Biology programs reach capacity, all future applicants will be placed on a waitlist.

    Applicants will be required to submit a signed Principal and Participant Agreement Letter (PPAL) with their application (6th Grade | 7th Grade | 8th Grade | Algebra I/Biology). By signing the form, the applicant's principal agrees to let the applicants participate during the 2021 Summer Institute and during the 2021–2022 school year. By completing the application, the applicants agree to participate during the 2021 Summer Institute and during the 2021–2022 school year. Both teachers in a teacher-pair need to submit an individual application. Teacher-pairs from different campuses will need to submit separate PPALs.

    If you are unable to upload the form to your application, you can email them to stem@rice.edu.

    Click Here to Apply

    Applications close on May 9, 2021. All documents are due at this time.

    AMP! 6th–9th Benefits & Expectations

    The expectations of AMP! participants include, but are not limited to:

    • Attending the AMP! Kickoff;
    • Attending and participating in all training sessions (Summer Institute & school year sessions);
    • Participating in and completing group projects;
    • Timely completion and submission of all pre- and post-tests; and
    • Timely completion and submission of all course assignments and homework.

    For completing all program requirements, participants will receive:

    • Approximately 100 CPE hours worth of sustained and supported professional development;
    • $2000 stipend (paid to both teachers in a teacher-pair);
    • $500 in classroom materials to teach program curriculum (paid to both teachers in a teacher-pair); and
    • TEKS-aligned curriculum that builds a crosswalk between science, mathematics, literacy, and technology.
    AMP! 6th–9th Program Flyer

    Below is copy of the AMP! 6th–9th grade flyer. You can access a PDF version for download here.

    AMP! Flyer

      AMP! Administration

      If you have any questions about AMP!, you can contact the program leads for the grade level of interest.

      AMP! 5th Grade

      Ericka Lawton, M.S.
      Associate Director for Educational Leadership and STEM Initiatives
      713-348-6274 | esl1@rice.edu

      Isaias Cerda
      Associate Director for Science Education & English Language Learners
      713-348-3197 | ic19@rice.edu

      AMP! 6th Grade

      Allen Antoine, M.Ed.
      Associate Director for Math & Computer Science
      713-348-8218 | ajantoine@rice.edu

      Isaias Cerda
      Associate Director for Science Education & English Language Learners
      713-348-3197 | ic19@rice.edu

      AMP! 7th Grade

      Allen Antoine, M.Ed.
      Associate Director for Math & Computer Science
      713-348-8218 | ajantoine@rice.edu

      Isaias Cerda
      Associate Director for Science Education & English Language Learners
      713-348-3197 | ic19@rice.edu

      AMP! 8th Grade

      Allen Antoine, M.Ed.
      Associate Director for Math & Computer Science
      713-348-8218 | ajantoine@rice.edu

      Roger Ramirez
      Assistant Director for Math
      713-348-8218 | rr44@rice.edu

      AMP! Algebra I/Biology

      Christina Crawford, M.S.Ed.
      Associate Director for Science & Engineering
      713-348-4761 | cc45@rice.edu

      Roger Ramirez
      Assistant Director for Math
      713-348-8218 | rr44@rice.edu

      *Program times, dates, locations, and compensation subject to change before the first day of the program.


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      Contact Information

      Telephone: (713) 348-8211
      Fax: (713) 348-3825
      stem@rice.edu

      Mailing Address

      Office of STEM Engagement
      Rice University
      P.O. Box 1892, MS-7836
      Houston, TX 77251-1892

      Street Address

      IBC Plaza Houston
      5615 Kirby Dr.
      Suite 730
      Houston, TX 77005-2445