Science Leadership Support Network

Building Educator Leadership to Support Highly Effective Science Programs
For science teacher leaders K-12
Hybrid in-person and virtual learning series

3 locations: Richmond, Northern Kentucky, and Western Kentucky
43 hours of professional learning (EILA credit available)

Are you ready for the release of the revised KAS for Science this year with the most effective tools and resources to successfully implement the standards and grow real aspiring science programs? Invest in science teacher leadership 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 KDE 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.
Target Audience
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). University pre-service science instructors and cooperative personnel are also encouraged to attend.

This training is not recommended for new science teachers with 0-5 years classroom experience unless a new teacher is your lead science teacher.

Join the Partnership Institute for Math and Science Education Reform (@KYPIMSER) and other science leaders from across the state as we work to grow real aspiring science programs across Kentucky at all levels with the Science Leadership Support Network (SLSN). PIMSER science facilitators and the Kentucky Department of Education science consultants are currently working on a national level to bring the best in science education back to Kentucky. They have thousands of hours of studying and applying the standards including work through the National Science Teaching Association Sensemaking Cadre, the Equip Science Peer Review Panel, BSCS STeLLA, and leading local, state and national presentations on how to implement standards effectively. Our facilitators have unique expertise leading groups of teachers as they work to create collaborative learning environments where students are transformed into scientists and engineers as they construct explanations and solve problems using critical thinking skills.

What will you accomplish during this series?
  • Review and clarify the revised KAS for Science as they are released this academic year.
  • Form a professional learning community by participating in an ongoing study of important conceptual and pedagogical issues (i.e., effective classroom science assessment, 3D Phenomena Driven learning, literacy focus on informational text, KAS for Science implementation) that face elementary, middle, and high school science teachers.
  • Build leadership capacity and improve content and pedagogical knowledge that will support instructional shifts of classroom teachers that lead to deeper learning.
  • Provide your district with local experts who are knowledgeable about the KAS for Science.
  • Receive a wealth of resources, most open educational resources for science (no cost curriculum unit and assessment tasks), to support the implementation of improvement efforts in your schools/districts.
  • Explore the latest research on teaching and learning in science and how to translate that into effective classroom practices.
  • Instructional/School leaders: learn alongside your teachers to see firsthand what it really takes to lead a science classroom where students do the thinking so you can better observe, provide feedback, and support other teachers in providing a steady diet of highly effective science instruction.
Key focus areas for the Network:
  • Three Dimensional Classroom Assessment: What do classroom assessments need to look like when they are aligned to three dimensional learning so they are congruent? What do formative assessment processes look like in the classroom?
  • Three Dimensional Instruction strategies for teachers and students: How can I provide opportunities for students to engage in the critical thinking necessary to figure out a natural or engineering design challenge?
  • Communication strategies: How do we help students communicate their ideas about science through effective talk and writing?
  • Science and Engineering Practices (biggest shift for classroom teachers): How can I provide opportunities for students to develop the knowledge and skills to be successful in science and other content areas?
Participant, School and District Requirements & Commitments
  • It is critical that the SAME participants attend all meetings because each meeting builds upon the last. This is not designed for a first-year teacher unless they are your lead science teacher.
  • The school/district must ensure that the participants are supported so they can be released to participate in virtual and in-person Network meetings. Network participants can attend a different location/meeting than their usual group if scheduling conflicts deem it necessary.
  • The school/district must provide the $1250 fee per participant. The fee covers the cost of the meeting logistics, resources provided to participants, online community for storage of all resources, PIMSER consultant costs and travel to design and deliver SLSN meetings.
$1250 per participant for 43 hours of professional learning throughout the academic year 2022-23
Includes morning refreshments and snacks each day, all training materials and 2 resource books.

Dates & Locations

Virtual Kickoff Sessions: 2 hours each – choose 1 date to attend
September 19 3:30-5:30pm EST
September 21 4:00-6:00pm EST
September 26 3:30-5:30pm EST

Richmond – Madison Co. Library
In-person Sessions – 9:00am-4:00pm EST
+ 2 dates in June 2023 TBD
60 participants maximum

Virtual Sessions – Time TBD (2.5 hours)


Northern KY – location TBD
In-person Sessions – 9:00am-4:00pm EST
+ 2 dates in June 2023 TBD
60 participants maximum

Virtual Sessions – Time TBD (2.5 hours)


Western KY – WKEC Conference Center
In-person Sessions – 9:00am-4:00pm CST
+ 2 dates in June 2023 TBD
45 participants maximum

Virtual Sessions – Time TBD (2.5 hours)

Lead Facilitators:
Dr. Kim Zeidler-Watters, PIMSER Director
Richmond, Northern KY, Western KY
Kim has dedicated her career to supporting math and science improvement across Appalachia and other districts in KY for 26 years. Her focus remains on the classroom teachers and supporting their success. She has also worked with KY teachers and leaders to implement the science standards since they were adopted in 2013. She receives training and support from national, state, and local experts in the field of science education and authors of the standards to continue to raise her ceiling of implementation. Kim is currently a PD Leader for STeLLA and Project SSUP Partner with BSCS, a USDOE-funded research and innovation study of 4th and 5th grade science.

Patti Works
, PIMSER Regional Teacher Partner
Richmond, Northern KY, Western KY
Patti Works is a Regional Teacher Partner with PIMSER and works as a Professional Learning Specialist with Amplify Science, after completing 31 years in the classroom. She was awarded the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching for the state of Kentucky in 2012 and the KSTA Elementary Science Teacher of the Year in 2006. While teaching in Fayette County, she was a part of the state Science Leadership Network, and worked on many district initiatives addressing effective science instruction. With PIMSER and CRIMSTED at U of Louisville, she worked with twelve districts in western Kentucky on developing classroom embedded assessments in science, grades K-8. Patti is also a PD Leader for STeLLA and Project SSUP Partner with BSCS, a USDOE-funded research and innovation study of 4th and 5th grade science.

Diane Johnson
, PIMSER Regional Teacher Partner
Richmond, Northern KY
Diane has participated in thousands of hours of training on the KAS for Science. She is an expert facilitator who can easily adapt to address learning needs during the 2-day session. Diane taught high school science for 25 years, served 5 years as an instructional supervisor, and is now a Master Teacher for MSUTeach at Morehead State University. She is an NSTA Sensemaking Cadre member, Peer Review Panel member for WestEd (formerly Achieve who led the development of our KAS for Science), and leadership trainee for BSCS STeLLA Scale-up project in KY.

Other Facilitators:
Rae McEntyre, KDE science consultant

Rae McEntyre is a science consultant at the Kentucky Department of Education, where she provides support for schools and districts in the implementation of the Kentucky Academic Standards for Science.  Ms. McEntyre’s educational career began as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the country of Lesotho, where she taught Biology and Mathematics.  Throughout her 36-year career, she has taught high school biology and earth science, served as an Astrophysics Educator Ambassador for NASA Education and Public Outreach, is a Certified Professional Environmental Educator and OpenSciEd Facilitator.  Ms. McEntyre holds a Bachelor degree in biology from Morehead State University, a Master degree in secondary science education from the University of Kentucky, and a Master degree in geosciences from Mississippi State University. 

Erica Baker, KDE science consultant
National Board-Certified Teacher, Erica Baker, taught middle school science in Washington County. She has participated in the CKEC Science Network Meetings, partnered in a KDE FAST-ER grant on formative assessment in science, and presented sessions at NSTA (National Science Teacher Association) in St. Louis, KAAC (Kentucky Association for Academic Competition)-Scott Trimble Workshop, KSTA (Kentucky Science Teacher Association) annual conferences, the KASC (Kentucky Association of School Councils) conference and has lead several sessions for her colleagues at a school and district level. She has contributed to the Common Assignment Study Collaborative and was invited to represent KY as 1 of 2 Kentucky Teachers at the Midwest Region Virtual Unconference. Erica has been actively involved in KY's assessment process and planning as a member of the Assessment and Standards Setting Review Committee, worked on the TCT review committee, and a creator of the recent Alternate Science Assessments. Erica was awarded the Excellence in Teaching Award by Campbellsville University in 2019 and was named the Secondary Science Teacher of the Year by KSTA last year. Erica serves on the Kentucky Science Teacher Association Board of Directors as the Knobs District representative.

Susan Barton, GEAR UP STEM Consultant, WKEC
Dr. Susan Beatty,GEAR UP STEM Consultant, WKEC

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    In-Person Sessions
    October 20, November 18, February 23, March 23 
    9:00am-4:00pm EST
    Madison County Library
    507 West Main St
    Richmond, KY 40475

    Virtual Sessions
    December 15, January 12
    Time TBD (2.5 hours each)

    In-Person Sessions
    October 21, November 17, Feburary 24, March 24 
    9:00am-4:00pm EST
    Location TBD

    Virtual Sessions
    December 8, January 10
    Time TBD (2.5 hours each)

    In-Person Sessions
    October 25, November 15, December 13, March 29 
    9:00am-4:00pm CST
    WKEC Conference Center
    Eddyville Mall
    435 Outlet Avenue
    Eddyville, KY  42038

    Virtual Sessions
    January 9, Febuary 28
    Time TBD (2.5 hours each)

Virtual Sessions Preference
  • 8:30am-11:00am
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