Dr. David Royster Appointed Interim Director of PIMSER
David C. Royster, associate professor of mathematics at the University of Kentucky, has been appointed interim director of the Partnership Institute for Math and Science Education Reform (PIMSER).
Royster has been on the faculty at UK since fall 2009. He also serves PIMSER on its advisory board and as its outreach professor in mathematics. Prior to coming to UK, Royster served as the director of the Center for Mathematics, Science, and Technology Education at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte.
Royster succeeds Associate Provost John H. Yopp, who retired from UK in July and who continues to be active in international education and math and science education.
News and Events
Science Leadership Support Network Year 3 Grants Funded
The Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) has funded a third year of two Math Science Partnership grant projects entitled Science Leadership Support Network (SLSN). The three-year project totals $975,000 in grant funding received by the P-12 Math and Science Outreach office of the Partnership Institute for Math and Science Education Reform (PIMSER). The SLSN began in 2005 out of the P-12 Math and Science Outreach office as a way to continue the work of the Appalachian Rural Systemic Initiative (ARSI) which trained 30 teacher leaders over the course of ten years. The SLSN was created to develop, sustain, and expand a professional learning community of science leaders through participation in an ongoing study of important conceptual and pedagogical issues that face elementary, middle, and high school science teachers across the Commonwealth. In 2010, the SLSN was offered through competitive MSP grants, for which the P-12 Math and Science Outreach office applied and received two, in the central and eastern regions of Kentucky.
This third year of SLSN will impact K-12 students in 56 school districts by participation of over 160 teacher leaders at monthly Network meetings, and by participation of school and district administrators in face-to-face trainings and monthly webinars. The project goals include addressing Kentucky's Science Standards and preparation for implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards, designing high quality formative and summative assessments, implementing effective instructional practice, and developing administrators' knowledge and skills to support implementation of Highly Effective Teaching and Learning in science.
The P-12 Math and Science Unit of PIMSER has relocated to the renovated old Northside Library property at 1737 Russull Cave Road. The building's new name is the UK Lexmark Center for Innovation in Math and Science Education.
Lexmark, Inc. donated $1 million toward the renovation of the facility which was matched by the University of Kentucky. The renovated building will house a training facility to provide professional development to Kentucky science and math teachers, a new lab for fieldwork-based ecology education, and a shared meeting room for community outreach.
The UK Department of Biology will benefit from a new lab near the outdoor ecological research ponds already on site.
Stay tuned for more information on the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony.
Education Innovation Summit, Nov. 29-30, 2012
The University of Kentucky College and AdvancED Kentucky are co-sponsoring the 2012 Education Innovation Summit, a professional gathering focused on creative ideas, research and innovation to help transform P-12 and higher education in Kentucky. This year's theme is Local Focus . . . Global Impact, focusing on developing a deeper understanding of how to narrow the global achievement gap and better prepare our students for a highly competitive and challenging future.