We are inviting applications to participate in a 5-session Learning Community series led by Desiree Forsythe and Meg Jones in which participants will engage in discussions, short readings and mini-workshops to explore Difficult dialogues of social inequities in STEM classrooms. Instructors engaging students in diverse STEM content should possess the language and tools to enact difficult dialogues. It is critical for these instructors to be intellectually and emotionally ready to enact that facilitation. Put differently, it is simply not enough to provide instructors with diversified STEM course materials, it is also important for the instructors themselves to be comfortable with the scholarship pertaining to marginalization as it provides the appropriate framing and contextualization for those materials. In this learning community, we explore the basis of, and need for, dialogic approaches and, using STEM content, demonstrate ways in which students and instructors can experience formative examples of equity-minded discourse and practice. Each meeting we will prepare for and engage in deep discussions and explore implementation strategies around topics listed below. We expect participants will be able to attend and engage in all sessions.
Please note that participation in this learning community may be limited depending on the number of applicants.
Learning community session dates, times, and topics:
October 12th 9:00 - 10:30 AM (PST): Introduction to Power and Privilege
October 26th 9:00 - 10:30 AM (PST): Difficult Dialogues
November 9th 9:00 - 10:30 AM (PST): Sex and Gender
November 23rd - 9:00 - 10:30 AM (PST): Setting the environment in the classroom
December 7th - 9:00 - 10:30 AM (PST): Deliverable Session
Applications are now closed
For questions about logistics: Kaitlin Bonner (email@example.com) - RIOS support
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