Washington State LASER hosts a variety of events to help school districts begin their science education reform efforts, and continue to make progress and networking with other districts after they have begun.
Science Champions: Science Education Advocate Awards – nomination deadline was January 28, 2013. The recipients are now posted here. We will have ceremonies for the recipients in their region. The 2013-2014 nomination period will open in October 2013.
STEM Education Leadership Institute – June 25th - June 29, Tukwila, WA. This week-long residential experience is a “gateway event” designed to prepare schools, school districts, consortia or regional leadership teams to launch their STEM-focused efforts. The deadline for applications is March 29th, 2013.
Travel and Expenses: These forms should be used by those claiming expenses to LASER
The following past events are not currently offered by Washington State LASER:
The National Academy for Curriculum Leadership: a three-year professional development initiative for school- and/or district-based Leadership Teams focused on building the leadership capacity for science instructional materials reform through the implementation of National Science Foundation-funded instructional materials.
The Instructional Materials Showcase: a one-day opportunity for teachers, administrators, and curriculum directors to participate in interactive workshops demonstrating selected exemplary elementary, middle, and high school research-based, inquiry-centered science instruction materials that have been endorsed by the National Science Foundation.
The Strategic Planning Institute: a six-day program of interactive sessions and discussion, during which leadership teams from each participating district will develop a shared vision of effective science learning and teaching, learn the components of an effective infrastructure needed to support a research-based science program, and develop a strategic plan for improving instruction in science in their district, among many other activities and learning opportunities!
Networking Forums: one-day forums during which LASER district teams in a particular region of Washington state come together to support each other and share progress on their science education reform goals, as well as focus on deeper investigation and analysis of some particular aspect of science education reform.
Science Materials Center Events: Use this link to find contact people responsible for these events.