2021 Portland Area Conference

October 28-30, 2021

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FILTERS APPLIED:Hands-On Workshop, Developing More Inclusive Classrooms, STEM


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Does Black English Stand Between Black Students and Success in Science?

Thursday, October 28 • 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Oregon Convention Center - A107-109

STRAND: Developing More Inclusive Classrooms

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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. Emphasis will be placed on the use of language to reduce the ethnic achievement gap in science.

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

Jonte' Lee (Whittier Elementary: Kansas City, KS)

Inclusive Science Assessments: Supporting and Designing Equitable Formative Assessments to Build on Learners’ Interests and Knowledge

Friday, October 29 • 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Oregon Convention Center - D136

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Slides for CSSS Inclusive Science Assessments Session
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STRAND: Developing More Inclusive Classrooms

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Learn how to integrate the cultural resources your students bring to class with your science teaching and learning. Come explore equity-based cultural formative assessments.

1. Resources for instructional leaders and educators to support and create meaningful connections between classroom science concepts and the application of those ideas in everyday situations; 2. -Discuss the implementation of these tools and resources in dynamic school environments; and 3. The strategies presented in this workshop can be used with any curricula, at any grade level, and in all subjects of science and engineering.

Lauren Thompson Allen (D.C. Office of the State Superintendent of Education: Washington, DC), Philip Bell (University of Washington: Seattle, WA)

Teaching About the Intersections of Biology, Race, and Racism: Strategies and Resources

Friday, October 29 • 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Oregon Convention Center - D137/138

STRAND: Developing More Inclusive Classrooms

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Come discover a curriculum for biology educators that explores how racism, the construct of race, the history of science, and genetic variation intersect.

1. Race is a socio-political construct with deep implications but race is not a good surrogate/proxy for biology; 2. Understanding human genetic variation can disrupt the idea of genetically meaningful “races”; and 3. Using the idea of “race” uncritically in science can reinforce racist ideas (such as the idea that race, rather than racism, underlies health inequities).

Jeanne Chowning (Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center: No City, No State), Hanako Osuga (Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center)

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