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.

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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.

Program Contacts

Who to Contact

Vickei Hrdina

Director of Career Readiness & STEM Initiatives


Phone: 360-952-3427


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STEM at ESD 112
STEM at ESD 112October 23, 2021 at 5:02am
To support continuous student and educator learning and implementation of the “Since Time Immemorial” (STI) Tribal Sovereignty Curriculum, the Office of Native Education is offering online introductory training webinars once a month through December 9. These are introductory level training sessions encompassing:

➢ an overview of the STI curriculum including some history and legislation
➢ a guided navigation through the website:
➢ introduction to the Native Knowledge 360 curriculum developed by the National Museum of the American Indian and other pertinent materials
➢ an opportunity to plan to integrate and implement STI curriculum into your classrooms

Register in advance through the following links:

➢ October 21 -
➢ November 16 -
➢ December 9 -

Thank you WA Education Association for originally sharing this post!


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