Primary Audience

Higher education science/science education instructors

We also welcome any professional scientists, informal science professionals, tertiary science instructors, and related industry professionals to join us.

As our K-12 pre-service and in-service teachers are enhancing their practices to meet the intent of the Kentucky Academic Standards in Science, we need to inform ourselves about how to best support those teachers. While all who support K-12 science educators are welcome, our goal for the Summit is to have representation from each higher education institution across Kentucky as we incorporate interactive features for networking and learning from each other. You will have the opportunity to submit a challenge and/or solution for presentation consideration by the Summit Committee as topics for breakout sessions (see below).


    1. Share our best approaches for supporting implementation of KAS-Science in response to compelling challenges identified in higher education.
    2. Continue to deepen our own understanding of how and why K-12 science instruction has shifted and how we can best support K-12 teachers – both pre-service and in-service.
    3. Explore organizational opportunities to create a state-wide approach for leveraging our collective expertise for continuing this work.

    Many different people share responsibility for preparing and supporting our state’s K-12 science teachers, including science educators, professional scientists, informal science professionals, and tertiary science instructors. As K-12 science teachers and their students align instruction and learning with the Kentucky Academic Standards for Science (KAS), the challenging task of thinking about and teaching science in more cognitively complex and rich ways requires us to continue to learn and inform our capacity to provide teacher support structures. There is a strong tendency for teachers to teach science in a manner similar to how they were taught. It is critical for higher education science instruction to evolve along with K-12 science instruction as we learn more about the most effective ways to teach – and learn – science. We should embody and enact approaches consistent with KAS-Science tenants as we work with classroom science teachers.


    • Dr. Jason Glass, KDE Commissioner, will join the group and share in the discussion of challenges and solutions
    • Update from KDE science consultant Rae McEntyre including the KAS-Science review
    • Brainstorming sessions for solution strategies
    • Resources for supporting high-quality science classrooms

    Compelling Challenges & Solutions

    Submit a compelling challenge or solution here. KSTA's Summit Committee will review submissions and select challenges and solutions to address during the Summit. If selected, you will receive an invitation to present in early January 2022.

    1. Submit a challenge you feel exists in higher education. Examples of challenges might include science teacher recruitment and retainment, methods classes/hours for pre-service and PD support for new teachers, lack of exposure to students during the past 2 years, lack of science expertise in elementary schools, etc. The deadline to submit is December 20, 2021. 

    Submit a Challenge

    2. Submit a solution or strategy to a listed challenge. Include a brief description and link to more information if necessary. The deadline to submit is December 20, 2021.

    Submit a Solution

    3. Solutions and strategies will be reviewed by the Summit committee. You may be asked to present at the Summit if your solution is selected.

    4. Register for the Summit.

    Early Bird price through January 31, 2022: $25

    Regular price starting February 1, 2022: $50

    Register Now

    Additional Information

    If you have questions regarding the Summit, contact Dr. Kim Zeidler-Watters.

    Summit Planning Committee

    Dr. Tom Tretter, KSTA Board Liaison
    Dr. Justin McFadden, KSTA Board Liaison
    Rico Tyler, KSTA Board Liaison
    Rae McEntyre, KDE Liaison,
    Jamie Hester, KSTA President
    Kim Zeidler-Watters, KSTA Executive Director

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