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In an effort to further science education in New Mexico, the Los Alamos National Laboratory Foundation is joining the National Science Resource Center of the Smithsonian Institution to bring $10 million to northern New Mexico school districts participating in a validation study of the NSRC’s Leadership and Assistance for Science education and Reform (LASER) model of science instruction.
“To be asked to partner with the with the Smithsonian Institution in a 5 year longitudinal study evaluating the impact of inquiry science education on our teachers and children is both an honor and a privilege,” Susan Herrera, CEO of the LANL Foundation, said. “The LANL Foundation is dedicated to improving educational opportunities for all children and this grant is a unique opportunity to apply solid research to education,” she added.
The study will split participating schools into two different phases. Schools in phase 1 will receive training for the first set of science kits in the summer of 2011 while schools in phase 2 will serve as controls and will not begin to implement the science instruction until the 2014-2015 school year. At the same time – for the most part – each phase 1 school will be paired with phase 2 school for comparison over time.
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