Join NSTA for this special four-seminar, interactive, web seminar series, hosted by NSTA’s Committee on Multicultural / Equity in Science Education scheduled April 6, 13, 20, and 27, 2024, from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM ET.
This series explores practical strategies for science educators to implement social justice principles/practices, ensuring all students feel valued and supported in their learning environments. This series will also examine the experiences of STEM learners/professionals and successful initiatives/practices that have bridged the gap between representation and inclusivity, offering insights into how science education can be a catalyst for broader societal change. Further, through this series, educators will engage in deep reflection, discussion, and practice to create more inclusive science learning experiences for their students.
Participants of the web seminar series will:
- Access educational trend information and resources
- Collaborate with other educations interested in the topics presented
- Apply concepts learned to educational practice
- Contribute towards collective solutions to real-world scenarios
Program dates and times:
The four live web seminars are scheduled from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM Eastern time. Registered participants will have access to all recorded versions of the web seminars to watch on-demand.
Specific program dates are below:
- April 6, 13, 20, and 27, 2024
The one-price registration includes attendance to all four (4) sessions of the web seminar series. You can opt to attend all four of the 90-minute Saturday sessions; drop in on one (or more sessions) or view them as your schedule permits. The last 15 minutes of each session will be a roundtable discussion for participants to ask additional questions and/or share their own experiences and stories.
Participants will receive a certificate from NSTA after each live web seminar for attending the live program AND for completing the post-program survey.
Send your questions to ([email protected]).
Save on Registration by Sponsoring a Groups of Teachers:
Science Leaders Can Sponsor Groups of Educators! Are you a state, district, or school leader working to enhance your teachers' professional learning? Please consider sponsoring a cohort of teachers to participate in the Beyond Representation: Nurturing Belonging and Social Justice in Science Education web seminar series.
Cost to groups:
- $1,500 flat fee per cohort of 25 participants, regardless of their NSTA membership status. Additional participants (beyond 25) will be charged $60 per person.
If you are interested in sponsoring a group of at least 25 individuals, please contact Flavio Mendez via email ([email protected]) for a quote.
Note: Rates below are for individual registration only.
Web Seminar 1
What’s the ROI on DEI? A Call to Action for Inclusion in Science.
This session examines the crucial role diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) plays in shaping the landscape of science education. This thought-provoking discourse delves into the measurable returns and transformative impacts that result from prioritizing DEI principles within science learning. It serves as a powerful rallying call to action, encouraging educators, policymakers, and stakeholders to actively champion diversity and inclusivity in science education. Participants will gain a nuanced understanding of how diverse perspectives enhance the educational experience and contribute to innovation within the scientific community; identify and address systemic barriers that impede equitable access and representation in science education; and thirdly, foster actionable strategies to create an inclusive learning environment that nurtures the talents of all students, regardless of their backgrounds, thereby enhancing the collective impact of scientific education.
Web Seminar 2
Going Beyond Posters of Scientists of Color: Fostering a Sense of Belonging.
This panel session delves into the critical imperative of cultivating a genuine sense of belonging for all students within the science classroom. Moving beyond symbolic gestures, this thought-provoking discussion explores practical strategies to create inclusive learning environments. Participants in this session will gain insights into the nuanced ways in which a sense of belonging positively influences students' engagement and success in science; secondly, identify and dismantle systemic barriers that contribute to feelings of exclusion in science education; and thirdly, develop tangible and sustainable strategies to create a supportive and inclusive atmosphere that empowers all students, ultimately enriching the collective impact of science education.
Web Seminar 3
Science for All: We’re Not Exempt from Culturally Responsive Teaching.
The session embarks on a critical exploration of the necessity for culturally responsive teaching practices that are specific to science education. This insightful discourse challenges the notion that science education is exempt from the broader principles of inclusivity and cultural responsiveness. Aiming to bridge gaps and foster an environment where science is accessible to everyone, participants will engage with three primary learning goals: first, examine the significance of culturally responsive teaching and its impact on enhancing science education for diverse student populations; second, recognize and address implicit biases that may hinder inclusivity in science classrooms; and third, actively develop and implement culturally responsive strategies to ensure that science education is not only equitable but also enriching for all students, regardless of their cultural backgrounds.
Web Seminar 4
Creating a Foundational Definition of Social Justice in Science.
In the continuation of our exploration into defining social justice in the science classroom, this second part of the session serves as the grand finale to our miniseries. Building on the collective insights gained during our journey, participants will seize the opportunity to engage in reflective exercises, refine their understanding of social justice in the context of science education, and collaboratively define strategic actions. The emphasis is on actionable steps that can be implemented within the realms of individual control, fostering a sense of empowerment among educators and stakeholders. By the end of this session, attendees will not only have a nuanced grasp of the principles of social justice in the science classroom but will also leave equipped with concrete plans and a commitment to introducing and upholding equitable practices. The ultimate goal is to instill a sense of accountability among all stakeholders, ensuring that social justice becomes an integral and sustained aspect of science education.