The University of Kentucky and the Partnership Institute for Math and Science Education Reform (PIMSER) will host several workshops this summer.

Get Ready! Introduction to the Next Generation Science Standards – two sessions this summer to assist teachers with implementing the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) in the fall.

  • Infusing the Practices into Units of Study
  • Integrating Engineering into Units of Study

Participants will leave sessions with an understanding of the progressions for each practice, how to develop scientific explanations and engineering design solutions, an understanding of the two engineering core ideas, and methods for effectively integrating the practices and engineering into science units of study.

Action Research Project: Understanding Formative Assessment will be presented by author and assessment expert Shirley Clarke, University of London, as a limited time opportunity.

This project will form a learning team of teachers as action researchers, engaging in establishing a learning culture, involving students in planning, sharing learning objectives, student generated success criteria, talk partners, effective questioning and effective feedback. Principals should select teams of two teacher volunteers from any content area interested in formative assessment and committed to making changes to their practice.

Engaging Students Using Participation Techniques is for teachers and coaches in any grade level and content area.

This two-day session will showcase strategies that increase student engagement and promote critical thinking skills. Topics include how to explain the relationship between engagement and cognitive load, analyze a lesson to determine the degree of cognitive engagement of students, and integrate techniques into daily lesson plans and unit plans that result in cognitive engagement of all students.

More information and registration for all three opportunities can be found at