Developing a Local Improvement Science Support Team

Strategic Implementation and Supports for High Quality Science Classroom Instruction K-8

Six 2-hour sessions, 4:00-6:00pm EST:
March 11 & 25    April 15 & 29    May 6 & 20

What does it take to plan and deliver high quality science instruction that involves students in the kind of thinking that supports learning transfer? 

How can we take the vision of the Kentucky Academic Standards for Science and move it into practice both online and face to face?

Join PIMSER Regional Teacher Partner and Presidential Award Winner Patti Works and PIMSER director Dr. Kim Zeidler-Watters as we explore what constitutes best practice usage of the Science and Engineering Practices as students develop conceptual understanding of important science ideas. We will compare strong and weak models of lessons through video analysis and written lesson descriptions, and learn high impact strategies that can improve science instruction in classrooms in your school or district.  As a learning team you will be able to take the experiences from each session in this Series and use the materials and resources to immediately work with PLCs across the schools K-8.

What you’ll take away from the series:
  • A vision of high quality science instruction to support local program improvement.
  • A deep understanding of the Science and Engineering Practices and what constitutes evidence of their use in the classroom.
  • Strategies and tools to share that support planning and providing feedback on science instruction.
  • A rubric for analysis and descriptive feedback that supports strengthening classroom instruction to engage students in the Science and Engineering Practices.
  • A sequence of professional learning experiences (including PowerPoints, handouts, video examples, strong and weak examples of lesson plans) that you can use to replicate this series in a PLC online or face to face.
  • Collaborative discussions with other districts about what is working most effectively for them during this challenging time.
Who should attend
Administrator/Teacher Teams from grades K-8
i.e. Principal or Curriculum Coach, Primary Grade teacher and Intermediate Grade Teacher, or Administrator and MS Science Teacher/Teachers

District PD Coordinators, Instructional Supervisors, Special Ed Coordinators, and Superintendents, are encourage to participate as part of a school level team or create a district level team with teachers across schools in your district.  

12 hours of EILA credit is available

Teams of 2: $400 total
Additional team members: $150 per person
Individuals (not part of a team): $200

Dr. Kim Zeidler-Watters, PIMSER Director
20+ years experience supporting K-12 education and improvement; designs and provides high-quality, systemic, research-based professional learning and leadership experiences for teachers and leaders in math and science; president of Learning Forward Kentucky Affiliate; adjunct faculty at EKU and UK; former science teacher; former director of ARSI.

Patti Works, PIMSER Regional Teacher Partner
Former elementary science teacher and lab teacher with 31 years of experience; KSTA Elementary Science Teacher of the Year, Presidential Award for Mathematics and Science Teaching recipient for Kentucky, leader in Fayette County Schools district-level FOCUS Grant (Facilitating Operational Communities for Understanding in Science); selected to be a part of the 1st NSTA Educator Community of Innovation; co-leader of the Fayette County Science Leadership Network; member of the NGSS Lead States Development Team; team leader for Fayette County’s Design and Development Team.
  • Thursday, March 11, 2021 to Thursday, May 20, 2021  
  • 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm EST
Your Team Details
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