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Battelle gives $100,000 to train Eastern Washington teachers

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April 26, 2002 Share This!

SEATTLE — Battelle will give $100,000 over the next three years to support a state-wide science education reform project that will train more than 300 K-8 teachers in Eastern Washington. The first installment of $33,500 was awarded today by Jeff Estes, Battelle's manager of science education programs, at a ceremony at the Pacific Science Center in Seattle.

The gift supports the Washington State Leadership and Assistance for Science Education Reform, or LASER, project. The National Science Resources Center launched LASER in 1998 as a collaboration between states, school districts and businesses with the purpose of creating and sustaining science education reform at the regional level. The state of Washington was selected to be one of eight regions participating in the project and today LASER supports 55 school districts in the state. Battelle and Seattle's Pacific Science Center have served as co-leaders for the program.

The $100,000 Battelle donation will be used by LASER to develop professional development "modules," or training materials and programs, which will be used to train more than 300 teachers who instruct more than 34,000 students in 20 school districts around the Tri-Cities and Yakima regions. These modules, each 18 hours long, focus on building teacher knowledge and understanding of important concepts and curriculum content, scientific inquiry and problem solving, and the use of effective classroom management strategies for teaching students in the areas of earth, life and physical sciences as well as technology.

This is Battelle's second large gift to LASER. Over the last four years, Battelle gave $110,000 for leadership workshops, curriculum fairs, teacher training and awareness building.

Battelle, headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, operates the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, Wash., for the federal government. PNNL and its 3,700 staff members deliver breakthrough science and technology in the areas of environment, energy, health, fundamental sciences and national security. In addition to its main Richland complex, PNNL includes a marine sciences laboratory in Sequim, Wash., and has offices in Portland, Ore., Seattle and Tacoma, Wash.

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