Seven Schools Named STEM Lighthouse Schools
OLYMPIA — February 12, 2014 — A total of seven schools will serve as Science, Technology, Engineering and Math mentors to other schools in the state.
Known as Lighthouse schools, the seven were recently awarded $18,000 grants each that will promote and develop STEM education, including technical assistance and advice for other middle schools and high schools that are creating their own STEM environments.
The seven schools are:
- Riverpoint Academy (Mead School District)
- Cascade K-8 Community School (Shoreline)
- Toppenish Middle School (Toppenish)
- STEM School (Lake Washington)
- Lakeside High School (Nine Mile Falls)
- Columbia Crest Elementary School (Eatonville)
- Franklin Pierce High School (Franklin Pierce)
“It’s a great honor to be chosen as a lighthouse schools,” said Randy Dorn, state superintendent. “It makes those schools leaders in STEM education. Other schools will look to the seven for guidance on how to successfully teach STEM.”
STEM Lighthouse schools originated in 2010 with the Legislature’s passage of
House Bill 2621.The bill directs the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction to designate lighthouse schools. The schools “serve as resources and examples of how to combine the following best practices:
- Small, highly personalized learning communities;
- An interdisciplinary curriculum with a strong focus on science,
technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), delivered through a
project-based instructional approach; and
- Active partnerships with businesses and the local community to connect
learning beyond the classroom.”
Five schools and one district were given the honor in 2012.
The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) is the primary agency charged with overseeing K–12 education in Washington state. Led by State School Superintendent Randy Dorn, OSPI works with the state’s 295 school districts and nine educational service districts to administer basic education programs and implement education reform on behalf of more than one million public school students.
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