Science Administrator Support Series

Audience: Administrators in K-12 schools (principals, assistant principals, coaches); district instructional supervisors; other in instructional leadership roles that support highly effective science teaching and learning.

2 locations: Lexington and Western Kentucky
2 modes of participation to choose from

Since the Kentucky Academic Standards (KAS) for Science were released in 2013, our students are still struggling with the critical thinking skills required to be proficient and successful in science. With the upcoming release of the revised KAS this academic year, what can we do as administrators to put essential elements in place to support effective implementation?

Teachers do not have control of some things required to implement standards well. They need supports in place from their administrators to make the instructional shifts necessary for all students to achieve the kind of thinking required in the KAS. PIMSER director Dr. Kim Zeidler-Watters will lead this series as you explore what constitutes effective 3D learning and how to support your teachers as the revised KAS-Science are released this 2022-23 academic year.

  • Explore science improvement challenges, questions and concerns as a group. Learn strategies that can be used to enhance the school or district science programs as students are asked to think and engage in figuring things out in a way that mimics how scientist work.
  • Revisit and reevaluate your plans for effective implementation of the KAS-Science.
  • Enhance your confidence in observing and learn how to provide feedback that is purposeful and meaningful to the science classroom teacher and moves them toward the vision of the KAS-Science.
  • Take the experiences from each session in this series and use the materials and resources to immediately work with PLCs and groups of teachers to raise the quality of your science program.
Professional Learning Outline
  • Session 1: How can I support a highly effective science program at the building or system level?
    • Discuss revised standards and what to anticipate for 2022-2023
    • What should instruction look like when it aligns with the standards?
  • Session 2: How can I provide effective feedback that moves classroom instruction forward as part of science classroom observations or walk throughs? 
Participation Options

Hybrid In-person and VirtualVirtual
14 hours EILA credit3 hours EILA credit
  • More in-depth and focused with practice in between meetings
  • Group learning in a collaborative in-person environment
  • Will include work on classroom assessment and common assessments
  • Opportunity to answer questions, view examples, and work collaboratively in groups
  • Develop a network with other administrators who are interested in improving their school or district science program.
  • Can include as many district administrators/principals as you would like
  • Sessions can be recorded for other admins to view later
  • Great for districts with many administrators/principals or those that can’t be released for in-person meetings
  • Will not receive as many strategies/resources, in-depth work time as the in-person series
  • Will get key elements of what instruction should look like and how to provide feedback
2 locationsVirtual meetings via Teams

Fayette Co. Board Office
Western KY
Location TBD
September 30 9am-4pm
November 7 9am-4pm
Virtual Wrap-up:
December 5 8:30-10:30am EST
Week of September 19 or 26 (date TBD) 9am-4pm
Week of November 7 (date TBD) 9am-4pm
Virtual Wrap-up:
December 12 8:30-10:30am CST
Scheduled with your district at times that work for you
2 meetings x 1.5 hours each
$250 per person$500 per district

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.

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Participant Information
  • * = Required

Position Information
  • * = Required
  • K-2
  • Educational Cooperative
    Email advertisement
    District/school administrator
    KDE Professional Learning Bulletin Board
    PIMSER website
    Another PIMSER training
    Superintendents email from KDE
  • Participation Mode
    A minimum of 1 option must be selected from this group.

    In-person Sessions: 9:00am - 4:00pm EST
    September 30
    November 7
    Location: Fayette County Schools Board of Education
    450 Park Pl
    Lexington, KY 40511

    Virtual Wrap-up
    December 5 8:30-10:30am EST

    In-person Sessions: 9:00am-4:00pm CST
    Session 1: week of Sept. 19 or Sept. 26 (date TBD)
    Session 2: week of Nov. 7 (date TBD)
    Location: TBD

    Virtual Wrap-up:
    December 12 8:30-10:30am CST

    Two, 1.5 hour sessions
    PIMSER staff will contact the person listed as 'participant' to schedule the virtual sessions for your district

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    Cancellation refund policy: Cancellations will be accepted and refunded in full if made in writing to jessica.eaton@pimser.org at least 5 business days in advance of the event. Refunds will not be issued after this date. Substitutions will be accepted up until the date of the training; email jessica.eaton@pimser.org with attendee name and substitution name and email address.
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