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Equity In STEM Education - Professional Learning Institute

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Equity In STEM Education - Professional Learning Institute

Time: March 29, 2017 from 8am to 4pm
Location: J.W. Marriott Los Angeles
Street: 900 W. Olympic Blvd
City/Town: Los Angeles
Website or Map: http://www.nsta.org/conferenc…
Event Type: equity, leadership, institute
Organized By: Jerry D. Valadez, Gary Nakagiri, NSTA
Latest Activity: Mar 7

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This PLI will address the key principles of equity and diversity in STEM education, including aspects of, and reference to, Appendix D, "All Standards, All Students: Making the Next Generation Science Standards Accessible to All Students" of the NGSS. Participants will discuss many of the assumptions, values, and practices that hinder the learning of students of color, and use proven strategies to enhance their own cultural competency, diversity awareness, and perspectives on racism and prejudice. Attendees will share, learn, and meet other equity-minded" colleagues as we develop supportive alliances and experience tools to assist us in providing a more equitable—and effective—STEM educational system.
The use of critical questions related to the outcomes set for this PLI will drive the entire session. Difficult conversations will lead participants to obtaining new understandings about the existence and harmful effects of bias, prejudice, and discrimination.
We will focus on the effective use of three structures—dyads, support groups, and personal experience panels. Participants will learn how to facilitate difficult conversations through the use of these structures and will be provided with sample materials and resources.
An Equity Action Plan: Each participant—or team—will develop a working draft of a short-term and long-term set of proposed goals, outcomes and actions to support a more equitable science education for the students whom they serve, directly or indirectly, at their respective workplaces. Attendees will receive a copy of Ripples of Hope: Building Relationships for Educational Change by Julian Weissglass.

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