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PIMSER partners with several local, state, and national educational organizations.

Cereal City Science

4th/5th Grade Curriculum Pilot

PIMSER is partnering with Cereal City Science to pilot a unit of study in 4th and 5th grade classrooms for continued implementation and scale up in other Kentucky elementary schools. During the pilot phase February -May 2023, teachers will receive all materials to teach a 4th grade life science unit and a 5th grade earth science unit that will complement teachers’ existing curriculum. The goal is to expose teachers to comprehensive science units to establish a comprehensive understanding of the standards. Read more…

Biological Sciences Curriculum Study (BSCS)

STeLLA: Science Teachers Learning from Lesson Analysis

BSCS is partnering with leaders and science educators throughout Tennessee and Kentucky to help address a national need for high quality science teacher professional learning. During this five-year project, BSCS will work with 4th and 5th grade teachers primarily from high needs, rural districts and schools. Regional leaders including PIMSER, the Tennessee Aquarium, and Instruction Partners, will help ensure the new STeLLA model is aligned to state science standards and the impact is sustainable long-term. Read more…

Kentucky Department of Education

Science Teaching and Learning Supports

The KDE is sponsoring multiple projects during the 2021-22 academic year to support science teachers and leaders implementing the KAS-Science throughout the state. Read more…

University of Northern Iowa, University of Louisville, University of Washington

National Science Foundation for the Discovery Research PreK-12 Program (DRK-12)

PIMSER partnered with Dr. Lori Norton-Meier (UNI) on a $3M grant submission to the National Science Foundation for the Discovery Research PreK-12 program (DRK-12). The DRK-12 program seeks to significantly enhance the learning and teaching of science, technology, engineering, mathematics and computer science (STEM) by preK-12 students and teachers through research and development of STEM education innovations and approaches.

Princeton University

SOCCOM Adopt-a-Float Project

PIMSER was contacted by the Southern Ocean Carbon and Climate Observations and Modeling project (SOCCOM) at Princeton University and identified Rockcastle Middle School and Model Lab School to partner in their Adopt-A-Float program. This opportunity gives students real-world data materials (reports, videos, graphics, animations) on the Southern Ocean and on the specific work being done by SOCCOM researchers to use in their classroom learning. Read more…

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