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WA State Laser

 

Our students need science education to survive and thrive. Today. Tomorrow. At home. In the world.

Our mission: To be a catalyst for sustainable innovation and improvement in K-12 science education.

Washington State LASER is a state science-education program led by Pacific Science Center and Battelle along with the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, Educational Service Districts and school districts.

Since 1999, the public/private partnership has worked with 106,300 educators in more than 205 school districts to share and inspire powerful practices in science education--from student notebooks that combine science, literacy, math and art--to strategic planning that creates a shared vision from classroom to school board.

 

  • "Science education in Washington state has advanced and has the capacity to move forward with STEM and the Next Generation Science Standards because of the vision and network laid down by Washington State LASER."
    –Craig Gabler, Ph.D., Washington State LASER Alliance Director, Regional Science Coordinator, ESD 113 and writer for the Next Generation Science Standards
  • "Washington State LASER's work has impacted and supported several key OSPI goals including informing educators and stakeholders about the K-12 Framework for Science Education and providing important STEM training for administrators. This important collaboration and partnership has extended and enhanced our work at OSPI."
    –Randy Dorn, State of Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI)
  • "For so many folks, a major value of Washington State LASER resides in the development and support of interconnected networks of stakeholders in science and STEM education. From these dynamic networks, ideas, resources and energy flow across classrooms, schools, districts and states."
    –Tamara Holmlund Nelson, Associate Professor, Washington State University, Vancouver Campus
  • "LASER has changed the way we deliver science instruction in grades K-8. Teachers have access to research-based materials that teach science in a hands- on, engaging and highly effective way. With LASER's help, districts have moved from little or no time being spent on science to every child having the opportunity to receive good science instruction."
    –David Bond, Superintendent, Kennewick School District
  • Craig Gabler
  • Randy Dorn
  • Tamara Holmlund Nelson
  • David Bond

April 21, 2014
STEM Principal Leadership Training

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April 15, 2014
The 2014 LASER map is released.

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April 7, 2014
2013-2014 Science Champions named.

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April 1, 2014
April 2014 eNews.

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February 24, 2014
Golden Apple Awards presentation.

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All news items related to Washington State LASER may be found in our news archive section.

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pdfWashington State LASER 2012 STEM Education Leadership Institute One Year Follow Up Report – June 2013
Results from RMC Research on the impact of Washington State LASER's first STEM Education Leadership Institute on the fifteen participating teams.

pdfSurvey Results for STEM Leadership Institute - March 15, 2013
Washington State LASER conducted a 5 day Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Leadership Institute in June 2012. The event was designed to prepare schools, districts, and regional leadership teams to develop their own common vision of STEM education. The 82 participants were give pre/post surveys. The results are reported here.

pdfSummary of Survey Data for STEM Principals and Teacher Leaders - October 16, 2012
Washington State LASER (LASER), the Association of Washington School Principals (AWSP) and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) presented a professional development retreat for principals interested in improving science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) teaching and learning in their schools.

pdfPaul G. Allen Foundation TRUST Grant Report - April 19, 2012
End of Year 1 Report for the Paul G. Allen Foundation TRUST Grant. The Grant provided time and leadership resources to facilitate school-wide conversations in two schools in order to develop shared goals for effective science teaching practices.

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