Our Goal + Strategies
The Apple STEM Network is centered around encouraging educators to integrate technology and project-based learning into their teaching practices while continuing their professional growth in STEM, Computer Science, and Career Connected Learning. We strongly believe in the power of collaboration between schools and the community and business partners to uplift and support our local educators.
Hover over the Strategies to learn more about each one
Solicit Educator Voices
We value the voices of educators and actively seek their feedback. By hosting an annual forum or survey, we create a space for educators to share their current needs and challenges. Furthermore, we collect regular feedback through the evaluation of STEM professional learning opportunities to identify areas for improvement and address any gaps.
Engage Educators with ‘Accessible’ and Best Practice Professional Learning Opportunities in STEM, Computer Science, and Career Connected Learning
We increase the number of opportunities for network stakeholders to actively participate in educator-focused professional development programs. Exciting events such as the NCESD STEM Summit, Science in Our Valley, STEAM in the Field, Innovator Awards, Cyber Summit, and AI Expo provide educators with invaluable learning experiences. Additionally, we implement industry tours that allow educators to visit relevant STEM-related organizations, providing them with a deeper understanding of what K-12 students need as they progress beyond high school.
Programs + Partners
Washington State LASER (Leadership and Assistance for Science Education Reform) helps schools and districts remove barriers and create opportunities for students to thrive in high-impact NGSS-aligned STEM learning experiences. LASER is part of the K-12 STEM programmatic area at Washington STEM, which also includes partnerships to diversify and improve the STEM teaching workforce and ensure students have access to and succeed in rigorous coursework.
Science In Our Valley is a weekly seminar series that acts as a catalyst to develop an engaged, regional scientific community in the Wenatchee Valley. Each series features the research of local scientists and invited guest speakers.
The STEM Summit is an annual conference that provides professional learning opportunities for teachers and educational staff members in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics taught by experts and specialists in their fields. The event features over 100 sessions and brings together over 500 educators from across the state.
Coming soon: CWU STEM Education, CSTA, WSTA, and TeachAI
We’re working to develop new partnerships to support educators across the region. Check back often to see the latest collaborative efforts!