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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
35 hours of professional learning (EILA credit available)
*This professional learning series has been approved for use of Deeper Learning funds for participation*

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.
Target Audience
For returning participants who atttended in 2022-23, new content and strategies will be shared as we develop everyone's ability to support effective science teaching and students' conceptual learning. This year's focus is on how students learn science in the classroom and how to support effective teaching and science learning P-20.

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), KDE science consultants, 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 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 35 hours of professional learning throughout the academic year 2023-24
Districts may use their Deeper Learning funds for participation in this training series
Includes morning refreshments and snacks each day, all training materials and 2 resource books.

Dates & Locations

Virtual Sessions:
November 29, 4-6pm EST
January 30, 4-6pm EST

In-person Sessions:
9:00am - 4:00pm local time

RichmondNorthern KYWestern KY
Dates subject to change

Lead Facilitators:
Dr. Kim Zeidler-Watters, PIMSER Director
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
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
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.

Stephanie Harmon, PIMSER Regional Teacher Partner
Stephanie is a PIMSER Regional Teacher Partner and former teacher at Rockcastle County High School in Mount Vernon, KY.  She was a member of the Broad-Based Lead State Committee which reviewed and provided feedback on A Framework for K-12 Science Education and all parts of the Next Generation Science Standards.  Since then, she has been involved with the development of Kentucky‚Äôs summative assessment and Through Course Tasks. As a current member of the Kentucky Science Standards Advisory Panel, she is involved in the most recent review of the Kentucky Academic Standards for Science. Stephanie has been involved in learning experiences with both national and international experts.  She uses these experiences to provide support to many school districts throughout Kentucky. Working with both science teachers and administrators in grades K-12, she focuses on formative/summative assessments, curriculum and instructional practices, and implementation of the science standards.  Stephanie is a Concord Consortium Teacher Ambassador and received the 2014 KSTA Outstanding High School Teacher of the Year. She 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.

Other Facilitators:
Erica Baker, KDE science consultant
National Board-Certified Teacher, Erica Baker is the Elementary Science Program Consultant for the Kentucky Department of Education. She has 10 years experience as a middle school science and english language arts teacher in Washington and Nelson Counties. She has participated in the CKEC Science Network Meetings, partnered in a KDE FAST-ER grant on formative assessment in science, and presented sessions around implementation of the Kentucky Academic Standards and best practices in science at the district, state, and national level.  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 is a member of the KSTA board of directors and enjoys spending time with her family.

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    In-Person Sessions
    November 9, December 13, January 17, February 13, March 13
    9:00am-4:00pm EST
    Madison County Library
    507 West Main St
    Richmond, KY 40475

    Virtual Sessions
    November 29 and January 30
    4-6pm EST


    In-Person Sessions
    November 16, December 12, January 16, Feburary 12, March 12
    9:00am-4:00pm EST
    Boone County UK Extension Enrichment Center
    Enrichment Center
    1824 Patrick Dr
    Burlington, KY 41005

    Virtual Sessions
    November 29 and January 30
    4-6pm EST

    In-Person Sessions
    November 10, December 11, January 9, February 6, March 5
    9:00am-4:00pm CST
    230 Technology Way
    Bowling Green, KY 42101

    Virtual Sessions
    November 29 and January 30 
    Time 3-5pm CT/4-6pm EST

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