PIMSER offers three academies for math, science teachers


The Partnership Institute for Math and Science Education Reform (PIMSER), which has moved to Eastern Kentucky University, is offering these three professional learning opportunities this fall.

The Academy for Effective Mathematics Teaching and Learning, beginning Sept. 15 in Lexington, is designed to give math teachers time to work on designing high-quality, effective math instruction. Participants will get a chance to share challenges and new ideas with colleagues and form a professional learning community (PLC) that supports the Teacher Effectiveness Framework. They will leave with research-based instructional strategies and the means to orchestrate effective mathematical conversations in their classroom.

The academy will provide:

  • Current research and strategies for Tier 1 level intervention to close achievement gaps;
  • Assistance to elevate teacher practice and promote student engagement;
  • New and innovative ideas to help improve not only classroom practice, but also your mathematics program;
  • A better understanding and implementation of both the Kentucky Academic Standards for Mathematics and Standards for Mathematical Practice, so students have an enduring understanding of mathematics; and
  • Specific ideas to share at PLC meetings and allow for district professional development opportunities.

The academy will meet five times through Jan. 19.

The Academy for Effective Science Teaching and Learning, beginning Sept. 19 in Bowling Green (grades K-12) or Sept. 28 (K-5) and 29 (6-12) in Lexington, will help teachers improve their students’ ability to make sense of phenomena using the science and engineering practices and cross-cutting concepts as they had to do on through-course tasks and the summative field test.

Participants can add to their instructional toolkits for promoting student participation and will develop:

  • Lessons in grade-alike/discipline-alike groups in which they will build students’ capacity to make sense of phenomena;
  • Collaborative, three-dimensional assessments for gauging progress, next steps for learning and mastery of the targeted standards; and
  • A toolkit of resources and strategies to scaffold student learning.

The academy will meet five times through February.

The High School Biology Institute, beginning Sept. 25 in Lexington, will give participants the opportunity to learn from high school biology teachers who have been implementing the Next Generation Science Standards, while also preparing students for end-of-course exams.

Participants will learn:

  • how to design three-dimensional learning experiences that develop students’ conceptual understanding of the big ideas in biology;
  • how to create classroom-embedded assessments and use the through-course task data from local implementation to enhance teaching and learning;
  • how to analyze student models to gain insight into student understanding and to determine next steps needed instructionally; and
  • practical tips and strategies for developing the classroom culture and discourse essential for student success.

The academy will meet five times through Jan. 29.