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Promoting Equity/Diversity/Inclusion Through Science and STEM Teaching

Nov. 6 • Nov. 20 • Dec. 4 • Dec. 18

Diversity, equity, and inclusion should be a central component in all aspects of education. However, achieving equity and social justice in science education continues to be an ongoing challenge for classroom educators, especially when considering the connections between racial injustice and the environment and climate change. 

Additionally, students from disenfranchised communities often face "opportunity gaps" in their educational experience. As we try to promote equitable learning environments for ALL students, science and STEM educators must recognize and reposition students who have been historically disadvantaged and underserved, so they become actively engaged participants in science learning.

Educators have a unique opportunity to celebrate the experiences of each student as well as the values their communities bring to science and STEM teaching.

Sponsored by

Vernier

Sessions

Saturday, November 6 •  11:30 AM–2:00 PM EDT

ABCs of Equity, Inclusion and Diversity in STEM


This presentation will engage in conversation over a range of topics, challenges, and opportunities of promoting equity, diversity, and inclusion in the sciences and STEM from K–12 through higher education. Systemic topics include how the collection of scientists does not look like the makeup of the population; the value of diverse STEM teams; stereotypes and microaggressions in STEM; biased evaluation systems; and how universal design benefits all. Classroom and individualized topics include faculty bias and anxiety; classroom expectations; inclusion of students; regular review of syllabus, classroom norms, and curricula; anonymous grading; incorporation of contributions from a range of diverse scientists; the importance of addressing social justice in science; and personal bias awareness.

Amy J. Reese

Associate Professor, Department of Basic Sciences, University of Health Sciences and Pharmacy in St. Louis

Reese


 

Saturday, November 20 •  11:30 AM–2:00 PM EST

Integrating Science and Language with All Students, Including Multilingual Learners


According to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), science and engineering practices (e.g., develop models, argue from evidence, construct explanations) are also language intensive for all students, especially English/multilingual learners. In recent years, there have been fundamental shifts in thinking about both science and language learning from an asset-based perspective. Using classroom examples, this presentation will address how science and language instructional shifts are mutually supportive in promoting both science and language learning with a focus on multilingual learners.

Okhee Lee

Professor of Childhood Education; Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development; New York University

Rita Januszyk

Educator, Hinsdale, IL

Lee and Januszyk


 

Saturday, December 4 •  11:30 AM–2:00 PM EST

Social Justice and Equity in Science Classrooms


Social Justice and Equity in Science Classrooms will provide concrete examples for educators of how to include equity work in their science classrooms to allow students to explore how systems of oppression work, are maintained, and impact the body and application of science. These examples will also help students navigate how they can be agents of change and how communities can effectively organize to resist the impacts of larger systems of oppression. Examples will focus on secondary science courses but can be applied to science courses in other grades as well.

Paulianda Jones, PhD.

Chair of Science Department, Marymount School of New York

Kim Lee-Granger

Chemistry Teacher, Ethical Culture Fieldston School, Bronx, NY

Katherine Kartheiser

Biology Teacher, The Dalton School, New York, NY

Annie Kloimwieder, PhD.

Director of Science Research, Marymount School of New York

Jones Granger Kartheiser Kloimwieder


 

Saturday, December 18 •  11:30 AM–2:00 PM EST

Strategies for Raising Equity and Activating SEL in Science and STEM Education


In this interactive session, science teachers will consider their students' social and emotional learning (SEL) for both in-person and remote lessons. Using the Equity and SEL Integration in Lessons Framework, they will learn the basics and foundational principles for improving their capacity to help students with their SEL.

Jorge Valenzuela

Adjunct Professor, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA; Lead Coach at Lifelong Learning Defined, Richmond, VA; and Education Coach, Author, and Advocate

Valenzuela

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