Is STEM a Right or Privilege: A Closer Look into Justice-Centered Pedagogy in STEM




Is STEM a Right or Privilege for “Those Kids”? We will address the root causes of student inequities in order to create the foundation of an action plan on how to recognize and dismantle systemic racism, increase student outcomes and rebuild an equitable science program #4Real. This session will equip participants with the #4Real approach in achieving high quality STEM & NGSS instruction through a racial and social justice lens when addressing culturally responsive teaching using the case study school, Waianae Elementary School. We will address how to drive standards-and culturally responsive instruction using the land (aina) and phenomenon of tsunami waves. We will connect these to the Social Justice Standards in the science classrooms through the 3D5E lesson design. There exists key practices that widen or narrow opportunity gaps for underrepresented students. Participants will see what equitable science instruction looks like using culturally responsive and content-driven phenomena, regardless of socioeconomic status. This session involves action planning for next steps, creating equitable learning outcomes that promote content, equity and access for ALL.

STEMS² Pillars: Aʻo, Sense of Place, Advocacy

To participate in this experience, you must register in advance. This workshop is offered in a “here or there” (HOT) format so you may choose to participate in person or online. Participation is limited to 12 people in person, and 12 people online. Space still available. Sign-up today!

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June 29th, 2023, 9:00am–11:45am HST

Location: Wist Hall Rm 128, UHM College of Education or Moʻolelo (Gather.Town)

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    Dr. Leena Bakshi McLean
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    Marie Gorman