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STEM Teaching Tools: Resources for Justice-Centered
Los Angeles Convention Center - 514
Choose which of these free resources for equitable
science instruction are most relevant to your work. Then read, discuss, and
Takeaways: 1. Science learning is culturally rooted, and strong instruction should take an asset-based approach to young peoples’ ways of thinking and knowing; 2. Developing more inclusive classrooms is a constant process. There are always steps educators can take to support equity, no matter where they are in their journey; and 3. These resources offer tangible next steps educators can take toward equity in their classroom, from identifying meaningful anchor phenomena (stemteachingtools.org/brief/42) to teaching biology in more gender-inclusive ways (stemteachingtools.org/brief/76) to fostering more student talk (stemteachingtools.org/brief/35).
Deb Morrison (Educator and Learning Scientist: Seattle, WA), Abby Rhinehart (University of Washington: Seattle, WA)
Making Science Inquiry Work for Emergent
Los Angeles Convention Center - 511
Learn how the structure of your inquiry activities can
produce roadblocks for emergent bilinguals, and how shifts based on student
strengths increase engagement and success.
Takeaways: 1. Good science modeling uses words and picture to make meaning. Working through multiple representations of phenomena shares similarities to translanguaging among bilinguals, resulting in a resource as opposed to a deficit approach to learning; 2. Student collaborations centered around representations, as opposed to language, are more inclusive and improve understanding for all students; and 3. Generative frameworks through chunking steps and heuristics allow for organization of understanding and context transfer.
Christopher Moore (University of Nebraska Omaha: Omaha, NE)
Creating and Maintaining an Equitable Science
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.
Jon Kovach (UCLA Science Project: Los Angeles, CA)