Why Einstein Project...
Inquiry-based, Hands-on Education
Kids are born curious! Here at the Einstein Project, we believe that a student’s education should foster that curiosity. In the classroom, students need opportunities to explore their ideas using hands-on learning on a regular basis. This type of learning promotes critical thinking skills that will allow students to analyze information and solve complex real world problems. This demands the learning science goes beyond the memorization of terminology and facts. Students will utilize strategies called the science and engineering practices to engage with the content in developmentally appropriate ways similar to the ways of the professionals working in those fields.
To accomplish this the Einstein Project believes wholeheartedly in the LASER model developed by the Smithsonian Science Education Center. The acronym stands for Leadership and Assistance for Science Education Reform and it includes 5 key elements: 1) a robust research based curriculum, 2) differentiated and continuous professional development, 3) administrative and community support, 4) materials support, and 5) comprehensive assessment.
A 2010 study conducted by the Center for Research in Educational Policy (CREP) at the University of Memphis looked at approximately 60,000 students over the course of three years. There were four key findings from this study:
- Students receiving instruction supported by the LASER model showed statistically significant gains on standardized assessments when compared to students not supported by the LASER Model.
- The gains were also statistically significantly higher for students who need it the most (English Language Learners, those with IEPs, and economically disadvantaged students) when compared to those not utilizing the LASER model.
- Achievement in both math and reading were also statistically significantly higher for schools utilizing the LASER model.
- The professional development associated with the LASER model left the teachers feeling approximately 20% more prepared than those who received traditional professional development.
While the Einstein Project schools were not involved in this study we subscribe to the methods and practices of the LASER model. Our approach offers schools high quality curriculum, effective professional development, and all of the resources and materials necessary to carry out top-notch STEM instruction. We can do it at a fraction of the cost that a school can on their own because of our strong community support and bulk purchasing power.
Read more about the LASER model & study
Einstein Project Students come from economically challenged households
of the students we serve have a disability
High School graduates don't
meet benchmark readiness for one or more college course in mathematics, science, reading or English*
Einstein Project Students are English Learners
Data compiled by LASER i3 Study.
*information provided by the Smithsonian Science Education Center