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.
PIMSER has long supported mathematics educators across the state, creating the model for the Math Leadership Support Network managed by the Kentucky Department of Education to roll out the KCAS in Mathematics starting in 2010. We continue to provide KCAS implementation assistance to schools and districts.
PIMSER has been on the leading edge of the rollout of the Next Generation Science Standards/KAS in Science and has provided training to over 2,300 teachers from 129 districts and organizations since 2012.
Leadership and Other Content Areas
The programs that PIMSER provides follow a model of working with both teachers and administrators to create an infrastructure within the school and district to support change and leave behind the capacities to sustain reform. Our Regional Teacher Partners are expertly trained in areas that can support administrators and teachers of any content.
I attended the Patient Problem Solving PD virtual sessions this past summer and it changed my teaching life. My students always struggled with word problems and persevering through them, especially 2 step ones. I have put into practice this year what was taught through your sessions this past summer and my students have scored better than ever on the iReady Diagnostic because of this. Many of my lower ability students have raised their scores by 2-3 years and it’s because they can actually work through problems and get to the accurate answer. Thank you so much! You are making such a huge difference in student’s lives across Kentucky.
— Melissa Prichard, 3rd grade teacher at Pulaski Elementary
Our district chose to continue our work with PIMSER by joining the Academy for Effective Mathematics Teaching cohort and what a difference it made. With four of us attending the benefit to our department was tremendous. We learned so much by networking with other districts and teachers across the state. The activities that we created and shared made an immediate impact on our classrooms. Being given that productive time for the four of us to not only plan and improve our instruction, but be taught how to focus that planning for maximum impact, has truly changed my teaching and, as a result, the experience of every student that passes through my classroom. On a larger scale, our administration was pleased that our Algebra 2 EOC scores saw a 6.1% increase this year in Distinguished/Proficient scores and our ACT composite scores improved from an 18.5 to a 19.2. We still have work to do, but we have improved so much from where we began.
— Maggie Doyle, math teacher at Clark County High School