2020 SCASS Conference | February 19, 2020

Breakout sessions announced!

To Register, Go to: https://www.eiseverywhere.com/ereg/newreg.php?eventid=499115&

Target Audience: District and Site Science Leaders and EL District and Site Leadership and

Open to All Educators Who are Passionate about providing Equitable Opportunities for All Students, regardless of content area!

“Effective Discourse in the Science Classroom”, 6-12

Sara Yeh, California Science Project

Explore how effective discourse supports all of the science and engineering practices and improves students’ understanding of the disciplinary core ideas. Learn strategies you can implement immediately to enhance the student discussions during scientific investigations, while conducting research, writing CERs, and while developing consensus models of phenomena. You will leave feeling inspired to facilitate more small group conversations in your science class, and with the resources and strategies to do just that. 

“Navigating Race and Implicit Bias in the STEM Classroom”, PK-12

Leena Bakshi, STEM4Real and Rosanna Ayers, Merced County Office of Education

This is an interactive workshop with hands-on activities (example science activities that are from the 5E lesson), group work (creating a list of biases and reflecting on current bias in the education system), individual reflection (generation of action-plans and next steps for equity in STEM), and case study analysis (discussion of actual case studies provided by the National Science Teaching Association).The social dimension in critical STEM education is explored for the purpose of elevating the classroom community and removing systemic barriers that hinder liberation in education for all students. This presentation is for educators who want to continue to hone their content knowledge while evaluating ideas of race, bias, and stereotypes that contribute to the “leaky” pipeline from school to STEM careers and education.

“Operation Healthy Air: A Convergence of Community Science & Critical Pedagogy”, 3-12​

Mary Walls and Linda Braatz-Brown, Environmental Education Collaborative

Engage in the beginning of a learning sequence that gives learners access to local data. By developing questions and designing investigations, learners can turn the data into actionable information. Action can then lead to improving science literacy as well as conditions in the local community. In this session you will learn about the Southern CA pilot project (in collaboration with the Earthwatch Institute and South Coast AQMD) that sparked this process as well as principles of Community Science and Critical Pedagogy.

2020 SCASS Conference | February 19, 2020