January 21, 2021
The Smithsonian Science Education Center's Leadership and Assistance for Science Education + Reform (LASER) model was highlighted in the Education Commission of the States Policy Brief, "Leadership Training: A Cornerstone of P-3 STEM Education" authored by Jennifer Zinth and Matt Weyer. The brief explores that state-level preschool through third grade (P-3) Leadership Training is critical to ensuring STEM equity in the early years by equipping instructional leaders to support learners’ engagement in ongoing, high-quality, developmentally appropriate STEM experiences. They state that it also supports administrators and teachers on issues integral to STEM leadership, such as developing school vision, effective resource allocation and supporting professional learning. The brief highlights best practices, such as applying problem-based approaches, exposing leaders to STEM integration models in diverse settings, encouraging leaders to customize STEM approaches to local contexts, and draws on SSEC's LASER model as one example.