What justice-centered challenges do youth from minoritized communities face in learning science? Research shows that meaningfully supporting youths’ community and out-of-school experiences in STEM can provide significant opportunities for school science learning (Birmingham et al., 2017). Despite such evidence, there are limited opportunities for pre- and in-service teachers to learn how to connect STEM learning […]
The ADAPTATIONS blog advances research toward and replication of what works in the STEM education of preservice teachers in high-need school districts through programs’ sharing of evidence-based innovations to encourage adaption by other programs and move forward collective evolution of effective STEM teacher preparation.
Recent shifts to hybrid and online instruction have added to pre-existing challenges faced by high-need schools and districts in meeting teachers’ needs. We clearly need to support STEM teachers’ engagement in ambitious teaching practices, but how? One promising approach is using online simulated teaching experiences such as those shown in the opening photo to provide […]
Recent educational policy documents position engineering as a way to broaden participation for students in STEM fields (NRC, 2012; NGSS Lead States, 2013). However, a recent review of literature on engineering education found that fewer than 1% of reviewed articles focused on issues of equity and broadening participation (Hynes et al., 2017). For this reason, […]
Increasing the presence and representation of people of Color is essential to giving more children and communities access to diverse, highly qualified, STEM educators. As Black authors, and scholars of Color, each of our careers is a reflection of that reality, with our combined 50 years as STEM educators. Throughout the United States, and in […]
As science disciplines are at center stage in providing solutions to the COVID-19 pandemic, they are also complicit in the systemic racism that is endemic in society at large. STEM education, however, can be used to highlight societal inequities and address systemic racism. To achieve this, STEM educators should harness new advances in STEM disciplines […]