History Reconsidered

Wednesday, October 28, 2020

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The second installment of the webinar series will feature a talk from Dr. Clint Smith, a writer, poet and scholar who will help educators wrestle with the complicated truths about the country we live in. In many K-12 education settings, the United States is lauded as a country of great opportunity and economic mobility. However, to engage US history truthfully and accurately means we must interrogate how the US history of violence and exploitation helped generate its economic foundations. These realities shape the lives of our students, and the landscapes of our schools. In this talk, combining poetry and history, Dr. Clint Smith will help crystalize how this history has shaped the contemporary social, political, and cultural context of our world today — specifically our schools — and how to talk about it with your students.

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Bringing a Justice Orientation to K-12 STEM Teaching & Learning

Tuesday, November 10, 2020
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The final science and social justice webinar will include a presentation from Dr. Edna Tan, professor of science education at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and Dr. Angie Calabrese Barton, professor in the Educational Studies Department at the University of Michigan. Calls to increase equity in teaching and learning are often framed only around inclusion — ensuring that learning opportunities are available for all students. Unfortunately, this perspective of equity is limiting and does not adequately address how systemic injustices manifest in classroom practice and impact student learning. In this workshop, Dr. Edna Tan and Dr. Angela Calabrese Barton will share a justice-oriented framework that highlights how STEM educators can make connections to the realities and issues that guide students’ lives, sharing case studies drawn from formal and informal STEM teaching and learning.

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