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The Cult of Pedagogy Podcast, Episode 78: Four Misconceptions About Culturally Responsive Teaching

Jennifer Gonzalez, the host of “The Cult of Pedagogy Podcast”, interviews Zaretta Hammond in this episode. Zaretta Hammon is the author of the book “Culturally Responsive Teaching in the Brain”. Jenniver and Zaretta discuss what is and is not culturally responsive teaching, helping to clarify common misconceptions held by faculty that prevent them from effectively implementing this teaching approach. The podcast is available on all major podcast apps or the transcript can be read at the link above. About a 45-minute read or listen.

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Culturally Responsive Teaching: A Reflection Guide

This guide, written by Jenny Muñiz, is based on the framework for culturally responsive teaching that was developed by New America in 2019. The framework consists of eight core competencies for culturally responsive teaching. Jenny Muñiz provides brief descriptions of and reflection questions for each of these competencies. About a 25 minute read.

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HHMI SEA-PHAGES and GENES: Course-based UREs Designed for All

The HHMI Science Education Alliance (SEA) program supports a community of faculty members and institutions embed research as a fundamental component of early undergraduate science curricula.

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Introducing PHAGES Students to Primary Literature

The ‘Introducing PHAGES Students to Primary Literature’ set of teaching resources offers faculty 2 distinct sets of teaching resources for introducing students to scientific literature in the classroom.

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Assessing Socioeconomic Trends in Tree Cover and Human Health in Urban Environments

In this exercise, students use a combination of publicly available data and tree cover data that they generate using iTree Canopy to test whether tree cover is equitably distributed within the city of Dallas.

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A Phenology-focused CURE using Herbarium Specimen Data

from workshop June 2021

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Blackpast - List of Black Individuals who Contributed to Different Aspects of STEM Knowledge and Innovation

This site provides a curated list of Black individuals and their stories who have contributed to different STEM innovations. This list can be used to support scientist spotlights. 

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Decolonising Science Reading List by Chanda Prescod-Weinstein

Here is a list of curated readings by Dr. Chanda Prescod-Weinstein that provide different perspectives on how we understand the co-constructing of science and society from a diverse communities. 

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Discrete Math Modeling with Biological Applications (Course Materials)

These are the materials for Math 214 offered at Rhodes College.

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Agent-Based Modeling Course Materials

ABM Erin Bodine

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Black Lives Matter: Revisiting Charles Henry Turner’s experiments on honey bee color vision

This article details the contributions of Charles Henry Turner to the examinations of animal behavior. This information can be used when teaching about contributions to science by Black scholars.  

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BioQUEST / QUBES Community Standards for Events

This is a resource that has more than one version and an adaptation.

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DEI Syllabus Statement (Panvini)

DEI statement for Syllabi - drafted in spring FMN

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Elevator Pitch: An Activity to Help Students Communicate Their Research

In this activity, students and the research mentor co-develop an elevator pitch that students can use to communicate their research.

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Reflective Writing Tools: Building Skills and Habits of Thinking in Becoming a Scientist

Reflective writing tools are intended to help students better connect current learning experiences to prior learning, engage the role of emotion in current and future learning, and assess learning experiences to improve future learning.

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HHMI SEA-PHAGES and GENES: Course-based UREs Designed for All

The HHMI Science Education Alliance (SEA) program supports a community of faculty members and institutions embed research as a fundamental component of early undergraduate science curricula.

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Phage Discovery Videos

A compilation of videos to support teaching the concepts and protocols for discovering and working with phage.

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Introducing PHAGES Students to Primary Literature

The ‘Introducing PHAGES Students to Primary Literature’ set of teaching resources offers faculty 2 distinct sets of teaching resources for introducing students to scientific literature in the classroom.

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Giant tortoise found in Galápagos a species considered extinct a century ago

"Ecuador has confirmed that a giant tortoise found in 2019 in the Galápagos Islands is a species considered extinct a century ago.

The Galápagos national park is preparing an expedition to search for more of the giant tortoises in an attempt to save the species."

 source: Giant tortoise found in Galápagos a species considered extinct a century ago | Galápagos Islands | The Guardian

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Macromolecular math

This worksheet was developed for use in an introductory biology course to review the chemical bonds and structure of biological macromolecules. A nutritional label is provided to illustrate that we consume macromolecules in our foods.

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Exploring Health Inequities and Redlining

For this assignment, students will investigate relationships between historic redlining data and modern statistics of human health.

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Structure Matters: Twenty-One Teaching Strategies to Promote Student Engagement and Cultivate Classroom Equity

Below are 21 simple teaching strategies that biology instructors can use to promote student engagement and cultivate classroom equity. To provide a framework for how these teaching strate- gies might be most useful to instructors, I have organized them into five sections, representing overarching goals instructors may have for their classrooms, including:

  • Giving students opportunities to think and talk about biology

  • Encouraging, demanding, and actively managing the participation of all students

  • Buildinganinclusiveandfairclassroomcommunityforall students

  • Monitoring behavior to cultivate divergent biological thinking  

  • Teaching all of the students in your biology classroom

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A Summary of Inclusive Pedagogies for Science Education

In this paper, we offer a brief review of six pedagogical and theoretical approaches used in education and science education that we grouped as inclusive pedagogies. Though not an exhaustive list, these pedagogies are more commonly used in educational research and have commonalities yet are distinctive in some ways. They collectively contribute to making science teaching and learning more inclusive to a broader population of learners, such as students from diverse cultural, linguistic, and social backgrounds and students with physical and learning differences who have traditionally been marginalized in learning science. Furthermore, these inclusive pedagogies aim to decrease educational inequities and raise the level of academic rigor and access for all students. Finally, we discuss ways these inclusive pedagogies can be extended to address reform efforts in science education.

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Signaling Inclusivity in Undergraduate Biology Courses through Deliberate Framing of Genetics Topics Relevant to Gender Identity, Disability, and Race

The study of genetics centers on how encoded information in DNA underlies similarities and differences between individuals and how traits are inherited. Genetics topics covered in a wide variety of undergraduate biology classrooms can relate to various identities held by students such as gender identity, disability, and race/ethnicity, among others. An in- structor’s sensitive approaches and deliberate language choices regarding these topics has the potential to make the critical difference between welcoming or alienating students and can set a tone that communicates to all students the importance of diversity. Separating the sperm/egg binary from gendered terms in coverage of inheritance patterns, along with inclusion of transgender people in pedigree charts, may make the classroom more wel- coming for students of diverse gender identities. Choosing nonstigmatizing language and acknowledging disability identities in discussions of genetic conditions may help students with visible and invisible disabilities feel validated. Counteracting genetics-based pseudo- scientific racism and the stereotype threat to which it contributes may be facilitated by more thorough integration of quantitative and population genetics topics. Instructors may thus potentially enhance retention of students of diverse backgrounds in biology through careful consideration and crafting of how human differences are described and connected with principles of genetics.

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