WA ONLY: FREE LASER PD Opportunities March 2021

I’ve been trying to attend lots of FREE online STEM professional learning the last few months and I’ve had an opportunity to attend a few sessions put on by Washington LASER. All of the sessions have been impactful, well-designed and connected to equity and diversity in STEM education in various ways.

If you’re interested in joining me, I’m already signed up for two sessions happening this March. As an advocate for K-5 science instruction I’m particularly interested in the March 16th session. Would be great to have LOTS of K-5 educators and leaders join in. See below for brief descriptions and links for registration.

K-5 Science Every Day, Every Student: Strategic Planning for Equitable Science/STEM Learning

March 16th 3-4:30pm

Come learn from Washington State LASER leaders and school/district leaders about the impact of strategically planning for high-quality elementary science teaching and learning. During this 90 minute session we’ll make the case for improving access and quality of elementary science with data and research you can use in your context, hear from school and district leaders, explore the LASER Science/STEM District Self-Assessment tool (which can also be used at the school level), and help scope out your next steps. We will offer suggestions and examples for finding your “on-ramp” to strategic planning, whether you are a classroom teacher, principal, TOSA, district administrator or hold another STEM education role. 

Facilitated by: 

                   Caroline Kiehle, LASER Statewide Co-Director, North Sound LASER Alliance

                   Michelle Grove, Northeast LASER Alliance Director, NEWESD 101 Elementary Regional Science Coordinator

                   Tana Peterman, Senior Program Officer, Washington STEM

Register here.

Your Role in Supporting Equitable STEM Pathways for Washington Students: Interrupting Bias and Addressing Myths

March 23rd 3-4:30pm

All adults in a young person’s life can play a key role in supporting–or inhibiting–their exploration of STEM pathways, beginning before elementary school and all the way through post-secondary. In this workshop, you’ll surface your biases by reflecting on your own school-to-work pathway and exploring data that can interrupt bias about available pathways, cost of postsecondary options, and student aspirations. You’ll also come away with a deeper understanding of the wide range of pathways available to students, and be better equipped to support students’ exploration. This workshop is designed for classroom teachers, school/district administrators, TOSA’s and STEM coaches, and informal educators. 

Facilitated by: 

                   Tana Peterman, Senior Program Officer, Washington STEM

                   Jenée Myers Twitchell, Chief Impact Officer, Washington STEM

Register here.


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