An alliance that helps districts develop equity–focused STEM and career–related learning
LASER (Leadership and Assistance for Science Education Reform) is a statewide network of Science & STEM leaders that includes a range of expertise and access in educational leadership. Teachers, instructional coaches, curriculum directors, building principals and superintendents, as well as community-based organizations work together to support Science/STEM integration in schools and are all a vital part of creating coherent and progressive experiences for students in order to prepare them for civic engagement, careers, post-secondary education, and lifelong learning.
Focused in Southwest Washington, LASER_SW is one of 10 alliances across the state that share common goals including:
- Students: All K-12 students deepen their understanding of scientific ideas over time, engaging in practices that scientists and engineers actually use, so that students are informed and thriving global citizens and succeed in STEM careers if they choose those pathways.
- School Districts and Community: School district science/STEM leadership is in ongoing relationships with a range of community stakeholders, so that diverse community voices and STEM-related professionals are assets for growing science/STEM educational opportunities.
These Alliances offer leadership and technical assistance, including strategic planning support, within the six pillars of the Washington LASER model: operations, pathways, community and administrative support, assessment, curriculum and instructional materials.
Who can participate?
There is no cost to participate in LASER_SW. All districts in the ESD112 footprint are welcome to participate, however funds and space at statewide events will be allocated to those districts that are actively engaged in articulating and implementing equity-focused science/STEM strategic plans.
Participating districts receive guided access to strategic planning tools, including facilitation support for developing a long-term vision for science/STEM implementation to your building or district. We grow our knowledge through regional and statewide meetings and monthly virtual workshops that focus on cultural proficiency in STEM, coherence across STEM initiatives and developing leadership capacity for strategic planning.
Who to Contact
Director of Career Readiness & STEM Initiatives