The LASER Framework for K-12 STEM Education:
The six pillars below constitute a framework for developing and sustaining impactful STEM education systems.
- School/District Operations - Organizing, planning, and adapting systems and people for equitable STEM education.
- Student Pathways - K-12 learning experiences that inspire and prepare all students for STEM-related careers and citizenship.
- Community & Administrator Support and Engagement - Inclusive and equitable policies and practices that use diverse input from stakeholders within and beyond the district.
- Assessment - A coherent, equitable system of tools and practices for students, teachers, and administrators to evaluate learning, learning materials, and learning experiences.
- Curriculum - Research-based processes for selecting, developing, and implementing K-12 STEM curricula, including the ongoing development of professional knowledge and practices.
- Instructional Materials Support - Sustainable, efficient, effective systems for funding and maintaining high-quality K-12 instructional materials.
The Pillars and indicators in the Self-Assessment are derived from several research-based resources, including:
- Smithsonian Science Education Center LASER Theory of Action
- Next Generation Science Standards NGSS District Implementation Indicators
- West Ed’s Framework for Leading NGSS Implementation
- National Math and Science Initiative STEM Framework for Success
- North Carolina Department of Public Instruction’s STEM School/Program Attributes