Professional Learning Opportunities

For Grades 6-12
Join PIMSER for a 2-day immersion into what effective science teaching and learning looks and feels like. We will deep dive into content from OpenSciEd units to help teachers understand how to interactively explore these scientific concepts with their students, and elevate successful student learning and performance in the process.

This training will prepare educators to return to the classroom and lead an OpenSciEd unit relevant to their students’ curriculum.

Target Audience:
Middle School and High School Science Teachers, Instructional Coaches and Cooperative Science Leads.

Participants will:

  • Develop a deep understanding of the OpenSciEd curriculum specific for a high school course (Physics, Chemistry, Biology) or grade level currently offering 6th, 7th and 8th.
  • Engage with the unit as a learner of science and reflect as a teacher.
  • Navigate the OpenSciEd Instructional Routine to support students developing a coherent storyline of their learning of science ideas.
  • Leave with strategies that will make the learning come alive in the classroom as they make student ideas visible.
  • Develop a network of colleagues who teach your grade or course that you can lean on as you prepare to lead the unit with your students.
  • Walk away more confident to implement the unit in your classroom.

For Grades K-12
Are you ready to effectively implement the revised KAS for Science using high-quality instructional resources? Grow real aspiring science programs by attending this robust learning series.

  • Successfully implement the revised KAS-Science: dive into the standards and learn the most effective ways to connect them to student learning.
  • Bridge the research to practice gap: bring the latest and best science information from the state and other national experts/resources back to your classroom to help students be successful in Science
  • Participant-driven sessions: YOU have direct input into the focus of each meeting by providing feedback on your real-time science education needs.

Invest in your science program by selecting and sending a team of science teacher leaders. The optimal team would consist of a primary, intermediate, middle, and high school teacher leader. Additional administrative support personnel who support science teachers are also welcome (coach, principal, and/or an instructional supervisor).

As our K-12 pre-service and in-service teachers are enhancing their practices to meet the intent of the Kentucky Academic Standards in Science, we need to inform ourselves about how to best support those teachers. While all who support K-12 science educators are welcome, our goal for the Summit is to have representation from each higher education institution across Kentucky as we incorporate interactive features for networking and learning from each other.

  • Update from KDE science consultant Erica Baker including the KAS-Science review and tentative implications for professional learning and development of new science teachers
  • Networking opportunities – including time for open discussion and questions
  • Resources for supporting high-quality science teaching and learning

Audience: higher education science/science education instructors. We also welcome any professional scientists, informal science professionals, tertiary science instructors, and related industry professionals to join us.

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