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The Partnership Institute for Math and Science Education Reform (PIMSER) provides high-quality outreach, training and support for improvements in mathematics and science education across Kentucky. Our systemic professional learning models research-based practices for classroom teachers, instructional coaches, principals, district and university administrators, university instructors, and state level education consultants.

Our staff of exceptionally-trained Regional Teacher Partners are available to provide customized and targeted professional learning and bring it right to your district or school.


KCAS in Mathematics Support

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Math Program Review
The Math Teaching and Learning profile provides your school with an overall picture of the mathematics instructional program and recommendations for improvement. The process includes an onsite visit from a review team from PIMSER to conduct classroom observations and interviews with students, parents, teachers of math, and the principal. In addition, teachers and principals will complete online surveys about their roles in the mathematics program. The review team then analyzes all collected data and develops a comprehensive report. Finally, a member of the review team returns to the school to review the report with the principal and answer any questions. View a full description of the MTLP process and standards.

Standards for Mathematical Practice in the elementary, middle and high school classroom
This workshop will assist teachers to gain a better understanding of the Standards for Mathematical Practice while learning instructional strategies that will help students develop the level of expertise indicated in these standards. At the end of each session, participants will have ready-to-use research-based instructional strategies to use with their students. View flyer for a complete description.

Discourse in the mathematics classroom: how to engage in productive talk
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ACT Boot Camp
Develop course intervention strategies and student support systems that move away from a single focus on last minute test taking tips. Work collaboratively to create challenging growth goals for your students and develop instructional strategies to empower and engage all students utilizing critical components of the College and Career Readiness Standards. View flyer for a complete description.

Achieving Success in the Algebra II and Calculus Classroom with Under-served Students
This 2-day workshop is designed to introduce research-proven strategies, activities, and assessment ideas that make a difference in student learning and performance in the classroom: building a learning culture, focusing on individual needs of students, and giving them all the best possible chance of passing the AP exam and End of Course and ensuring success in college-level courses. View flyer for a complete description.

Effective use of manipulatives to promote student understanding at all levels
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Games for elementary that integrate the mathematical practices
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Teaching fractions for conceptual understanding in the intermediate grades 4-6
This training explores multiple ways to integrate conceptual and procedural understanding of fractions, fraction operations and decimals into mathematics instruction. The lessons allow students opportunities to reflect on their thinking about fractions as they try to make sense of the formal symbolic system, so students develop a deep, conceptual understanding of fractions. View flyer for a complete description.

Using the number line in elementary and middle school
Short courses designed to strengthen content understanding of the KCAS in mathematics and the Standards for Mathematical Practice. Experience activities as a learner, which promotes conceptual understanding. View flyer for a complete description.

Number sense in the primary grades
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How Students Learn Mathematics
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Next Generation Science Standards Support

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Science Program Review
The Science Program Review provides your school with an overall picture of the science instructional program and recommendations for improvement. The process includes an onsite visit from a review team from PIMSER to conduct classroom observations and interviews with students, parents, teachers of science, and the principal. In addition, teachers and principals will complete online surveys about their roles in the science program. The review team then analyzes all collected data and develops a comprehensive report. Finally, a member of the review team returns to the school to review the report with the principal and answer any questions.

Unit development for 3-dimensional teaching
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Review of existing units with feedback for revision
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ACT Boot Camp
Practice strategies for accessing complex texts, analyzing data, and analyzing opposing arguments. Develop tasks requiring these key processes. Analyze student work samples to identify problem areas. View flyer for a complete description.

Project Based Learning as a framework for NGSS implementation
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Assessment Design
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Integrating engineering into units of study
Participants will leave the session with:

  • An understanding of the two engineering core ideas as described in the Framework for their grade band
  • Methods for effectively integrating engineering into a science unit of study
  • A bibliography of engineering resources aligned to the NGSS.

Short Courses K-12
These short courses are designed to strengthen grade-level specific content understanding and/or understanding of science and engineering practices at the designated grade bands. All sessions will examine misconceptions and naive conceptions that might hinder concept and practice development, and participants will learn how to design experiences to help students change these misconceptions. Participants will experience activities as a learner that promote concept and practice understanding, and discuss implications for best practice and highly effective teaching with other professionals. Teachers will leave each session with examples, resources, and a deepened understanding of how to implement the NGSS. View flyer for a complete description.

Introduction to the Next Generation Science Standards
This in-depth session provides an overview of the NGSS and offers time to work on examples and strategies. Participants will leave this session with:

  • A vision of science education for NGSS
  • Ability to identify program and instructional implications
  • A map of next steps, prioritized and differentiated to prepare for implementation
  • Facilitators will provide an overview of the Framework for K-12 Science Education and outline specific similarities and differences between the NGSS and the Program of Studies/Core Content for Assessment. Participants will learn the implications for all levels of the system and identify changes to move toward the vision of the NGSS.

Infusing the Practices into Units of Study
Participants will leave the session with:

  • An understanding of the progression, thus expectations, for each scientific and engineering practice with respect to their grade band
  • Strategies for facilitating students’ use of practices for developing scientific explanations and engineering design solutions
  • An approach for developing units of study that infuse the practices

Literacy integration in the Science Classroom using the Literacy Design Collaborative model: elementary, middle and high school levels
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Other Support Services

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PGES: Establishing an effective classroom environment
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Formative Assessment Action Research Teams
Strengthen your understanding of the elements of formative assessment and develop a culture of learning in your classroom. View flyer for a complete description.

Assessment literacy K-12
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Engagement strategies for the K-12 classroom
Create a classroom where everyone is engaged, thinking and learning! Learn strategies that increase student engagement and promote critical thinking skills in this 2-day workshop. View flyer for a complete description.

Long-range professional learning planning for mathematics and science improvement
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Support for administrators through joint classroom observations and feedback to teachers
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Evaluation services for math and science grant submissions
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New Teacher support for STEM teachers
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Planning and facilitation of local ongoing math or science cadre meetings
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Analysis of mathematics and science data for school level program improvement
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Professional Learning Opportunities

See our list of current events to learn about all the exciting professional development opportunities at the Partnership for Math and Science Outreach!

Contact our office at 859-257-4836 or email jessica.eaton@nulluky.edu to get more information about bringing any of these services right to your school or district!


How to Get Involved

Are you interested in what PIMSER is doing, but not currently involved in our networks or workshops? Would you like to know more about the professional development, leadership support, and workshop opportunities that we offer?  Send an email to pimser@nulluky.edu and let us know how we can assist your school or district. We develop all our programming based on your needs.