Science@OC’s work is based on the science education reform research and nationally-recognized strategic planning model from the National Academy of Science, National Research Council and Smithsonian Science Education Center. Each year, school districts from across the nation, and internationally, participate in the Leadership Assistance for Science Education Reform (LASER) Strategic Planning Institute hosted by the Smithsonian Science Education Center. Sue Neuen, Executive Director, serves as Consultant and Lead Faculty member for LASER Institute.
Through this on-going partnership, Science@OC provides school districts with tools and resources for initiating and sustaining effective science education programs.
Strategic Planning: The Foundation for a District’s Science Education
Through the generous support of the Samueli Foundation, leadership teams from six school districts in Orange County have participated in the LASER Strategic Planning Institute and developed their strategic plans to implement middle school science programs. Science@OC continues to work with these school districts to help them implement their plans. Participating school districts include:
- Buena Park Elementary School District (2009)
- Capistrano Unified School District (2012)
- La Habra City School District
and Fullerton Joint Union High School District (2012)
- Placentia-Yorba Linda School District (2012)
- Santa Ana Unified School District (2009, 2012)
- Tustin Unified School District (2012)
What is the Smithsonian Science Education Center?
The goal of the Smithsonian Science Education Center is to improve the learning and teaching of science in the national schools. The Smithsonian Science Education Center disseminates information about exemplary teaching resources, develops curriculum materials, and conducts outreach programs of leadership development and technical assistance to help districts implement inquiry–centered science programs.