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Administrative and Community Support

The SE LASER Alliance is a partnership between the Kennewick School District, ESD 123, and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. This Alliance was established to move the work of the member school districts forward as they focus on science education reform in their districts.

Every other month the SE LASER Alliance Board of Directors (under Documents)- representative from each of the participating school districts - meet to talk about science education-related issues at the state and regional level and within the individual school districts and schools.

  • Participating School Districts (Southeastern Washington LASER Alliance) 2012-2013 (under Documents)

The SE LASER Alliance, consisting of 22 public school districts and 3 private schools in and around SE Washington,  meets monthly for two reasons.  First, to take care of the business of providing advice and decision making for the Battelle Science Resource Center and the management of professional development provided by the Alliance.  Second, the Board meets to highlight the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) careers found in the Tri-Cities area.  Periodically the Board takes a 'fieldtrip' to a business found in the local region that employs STEM professionals to see the types of careers schools in our area are preparing their student to obtain.

Elementary science teachers get  hands on training
Elementary science teachers get  hands-on training.

Classroom Observations

When walking into a classroom to visit science being taught, a handy tool to assist you in knowing what to look for is the Classroom Observation Tool (under Documents), which was developed by RMC Research Corp.

Your school district may want to identify those members of your community that can help you support science education. Here you can find the Community Support Grid(under Documents), which is a place to capture all those businesses, people, and places your school system can utilize to enrich your science program with dollars and resources.

Kim Fowler, a senior research engineer at PNNL, has created a booklet of acronyms that school systems use that may not be familiar to your parents or your business partners.  It is a practical reminder of the number of acronyms the teaching system uses that can alienate those who are not 'in the know.'

  • Acronyms for Education (under Documents) - Commonly used acronyms and jargon forscience education professionals