The Partnership Institute for Math and Science Education Reform (PIMSER) provides high-quality training and support for improvements in mathematics and science education that is responsive to the needs of educators at all levels. The unit provides ongoing professional development that models research based practices for classroom teachers, instructional coaches, principals, district and university administrators, university instructors, and state level education consultants. It is through these multi-tiered partnerships at the local, state and even national level that the unit maintains a pulse that responds to the needs and priorities of math and science education.
PIMSER is available to provide support services throughout the Commonwealth. The unit currently works with educators in 100 Kentucky counties to improve teacher practice and ultimately impact student achievement in mathematics and science.
PIMSER was developed to continue the quality partnerships and outreach activities that were created through the work of two National Science Foundation grant programs known as the Appalachian Rural Systems Initiative (ARSI) and the Appalachian Mathematics and Science Partnership (AMSP). Many of the Regional Teacher Partners that serve as PIMSER facilitators were originally trained through the ARSI program. That program developed the model of training P-12 educators as experts in science and math education through professional learning communities called Regional Teacher Partner cadres and placing them with schools and/or districts to facilitate improvement efforts. PIMSER embraces that model and continues to train its facilitators in the same fashion.
The mission of the Partnership Institute for Math and Science Education Reform (PIMSER) at the University of Kentucky is to support the advancement of math and science education throughout the commonwealth.
- Provide quality math and science professional development that is responsive to the needs of educators at local, regional, and state levels.
- Develop networks throughout the state that provide support and resources for K-12 math and science educators.
- Build leadership capacity across the Commonwealth to support math and science program improvement efforts of the local schools and districts.
- Create and implement relationships with other stakeholders in math and science education reform, e.g. local, state, and federal agencies; foundations; and corporations.
- Create and implement a data system that would allow for effective communication of priority needs in the areas of math and science as well as communicate results of outreach activities provided through PIMSER.