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Thursday, December 9
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
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Does Black English Stand Between Black Students and Success in Science?

Los Angeles Convention Center - 404

Discussion centers on tools to properly analyze Black students’ scientific work to determine if the misconceptions and misunderstandings are a learning issue or language issue. This workshop focuses on the use of language to reduce the ethnic achievement gap in science.

Takeaways: 1. Analyzing students’ work from a linguistic lens; 2. Recognizing biases when it comes to student language; and 3. Pushing Black students academically forward without making them feel torn between two language worlds.

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Jonte' Lee (Calvin Coolidge Senior High School: Washington, DC)

Thursday, December 9
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
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Synthetic Biology: The Intersection of Biology, Engineering, and Computer Science

Los Angeles Convention Center - 505

Participants will combine engineering and biology as they work through a free activity from a no-cost introductory curriculum on the emerging field of Synthetic Biology.

Takeaways: Looking for free resources and innovative ways to introduce engineering into K–12 classrooms? American Society for Engineering Education’s (ASEE) pre-college division will share them!

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Leonardo Morsut (University of Southern California: Los Angeles, CA), Wendy Wooten (Reseda Charter High School: Reseda, CA)

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Friday, December 10
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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Getting Students to Read in Science

Los Angeles Convention Center - 502B

Reading should not be limited to English courses. Leave with strategies on how to motivate students to explore science through scientific novels. Review three years of qualitative data on how novels increased  literacy, scientific fluency, scientific connectivity, and college preparation in a marine biology course.

Takeaways: Teahers will: 1. learn how to use articles to make their content more applicable to the lives of the students; 2. receive strategies on how to get students to read more scientific articles; and 3. receive resources on selecting grade-appropriate scientific articles.

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Jonte' Lee (Calvin Coolidge Senior High School: Washington, DC)

Saturday, December 11
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
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Leading Conversations Around Identity, Race, Belonging, and Bias in STEM Spaces

Los Angeles Convention Center - 505

Join the UCLA Science Project as we explore structures and formats for science leaders looking to engage teachers around social justice in STEM classrooms.

Takeaways: 1. Co-construct a learning experience centered around inclusion and belonging within school site meetings; 2. Recognize how our identities and lived experiences impact our approaches to science education and leadership; and 3. Establish space and culture that sustains conversations around equity issues.

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Leticia Perez (UCLA Science Project: Los Angeles, CA), Zachary Cue (UCLA Science Project: Los Angeles, CA)

Saturday, December 11
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
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Creating and Maintaining an Equitable Science Classroom

Los Angeles Convention Center - 408B

STEM classrooms should establish a welcoming environment in which all individuals can use their cultural knowledge and practices to make sense of the world.

Takeaways: 1. A shared understanding of equity and social justice in science classrooms and STEM communities; 2. Approaches to identify and honor student-lived experiences and cultures; and 3. Challenge conventional notions of what counts as science.

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Jon Kovach (UCLA Science Project: Los Angeles, CA)