1. Regina Ciphrah
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  4. Enacting and Researching Culturally Sustaining STEM Pedagogies Across Informal Settings in Gullah/Geechee Communities in the Southeastern United States
  5. Verbalizing Visions LLC
  1. Fenice Boyd
  2. https://www.sc.edu/study/colleges_schools/education/faculty-staff/boyd_fenice.php
  3. Chair and Professor
  4. Enacting and Researching Culturally Sustaining STEM Pedagogies Across Informal Settings in Gullah/Geechee Communities in the Southeastern United States
  5. University of South Carolina
  1. Jamelle Ellis
  2. http://linkedin.com/in/jamelle-h-ellis-phd-502aa844
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  4. Enacting and Researching Culturally Sustaining STEM Pedagogies Across Informal Settings in Gullah/Geechee Communities in the Southeastern United States
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    Stephen Uzzo

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    May 10, 2022 | 07:24 a.m.

    Thanks for a compelling and interesting take on hoe to integrate science into cultural life. We do STEM all the time, but just don't call it that, but your program seems to be surfacing the touchpoints to STEM in the cultural funds of knowledge this community brings through your participatory research.

    You mention in your overview how CS-Stem increases STEM Literacy. If you could elaborate on this a little: what are the kinds of CS activities you do STEM integration with? and how do you define and assess STEM literacy in participants? Would be interesting to know. Thanks.

     

     
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    Regina Ciphrah

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    May 10, 2022 | 04:27 p.m.

    Thank you for your thoughtful questions, Stephen. We define and will assess STEM literacy through students’ proficient use of science and engineering practices to learn and communicate learning. Our work expounds upon how culturally-sustaining STEM increases multiple literacies including disciplinary, content, multicultural, and critical literacies. For example, an experience the team facilitated over the summer camp was construction and operation of aquaponics kits. Over the multiple day experience, students were exposed to design thinking and principles to construct the kits and to plan what fauna and flora to produce. They researched and discussed Gullah Geechee culinary and medicinal uses of chosen plants; this required students to interpret multiple texts including technical texts, narrative texts, and oral accounts. The students utilized technology to not only collect, analyze and synthesize data from kit operation and digital sources, but they also utilized applications to identify plant species in a Gullah Geechee garden. They critically analyzed historical applications of aquaculture by studying rice cultivation practices of enslaved Gullah ancestors and communicated through poster presentations during a community symposium how aquaponics innovates these practices.  All of these activities required students to practice the eight science and engineering practices as defined within “A Framework for K-12 Science Education: Practices, Crosscutting Concepts, and Core Ideas” (NRC 2012). As ours is a feasibility study, ongoing work would include incorporating or developing tools to measure students' growth in use of these practices. Do you have suggestions for such tools or any additional questions?

     
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    George Hein

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    May 10, 2022 | 07:37 a.m.

    Thanks for developing this interesting project. I wish I knew more about Gullah culture. I can imagine that relating STEM education to what is familiar to your audience can be of great value.

    I'm curious to know what the base line knowledge about Gullah culture is for your participants before they go through your professional development program. Are they total strangers to your culture or not?

                                                                                                     
     
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    Regina Ciphrah

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    May 10, 2022 | 07:58 a.m.

    Thank you for your comment, George! Our inservice and preservice teachers experienced thirteen synchronous professional learning sessions with 23 Gullah Geechee community member consultants over a six month period as they co-developed the summer academic experience for the students. In addition to meeting with community members, the teachers also participated in a one-day cultural immersion experience and asynchronous modules regarding CS-STEM, aquaponics and Gullah Geechee culture in preparation for the summer camp. It is worth mentioning that both inservice teachers are Gullah Geechee community members who brought their own insiders' perspectives to the curriculum development and implementation.

     
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    Regina Ciphrah

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    May 10, 2022 | 07:47 a.m.

    Thank you for viewing our video regarding our inaugural Culturally Sustaining-STEM (CS-STEM) Institute in the Gullah Community of Georgetown, SC. Our current project is a feasibility study. This video shares what was learned by working alongside community members to enact the professional development experience for teachers and summer camp for 5th and 6th grade students through the voices of our project leadership team, a preservice teacher, and a STEM practitioner.  Our research team is interested in your comments regarding any aspect of our project, but we would particularly welcome your experiences and questions on:

    • learning STEM content in a cultural context, 
    • encouraging diverse perspectives and participation in STEM, and/or
    • facilitating educator professional learning experiences that are culturally embedded.
     
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    Emmanuel Nti-Asante

    May 10, 2022 | 10:30 a.m.

    This is wonderful. I am from West Africa and I love to read more about Gullah and STEM Education.

     
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    May 10, 2022 | 03:41 p.m.

    Thank you for viewing our video and taking time to share your perspective, Emmanuel! As Gullah culture is not monolithic, there are multiple sources for additional information on current and historical contributions to the Southeastern United States. Our team is particularly interested in diverse STEM enterprise participation and how to convey such in curriculum for learners of all ages. We will be publishing from this work soon!

     
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    George Hein

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    May 10, 2022 | 01:06 p.m.

    Hi Regina

    It will be interesting to compare what the inservice and preservice teachers knew about Gullah culture (and how it might have influenced their STEM knowledge), and how that has changed as a result of your wonderful summer program.

     
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    May 10, 2022 | 03:33 p.m.

    This is a great line of inquiry George, and it is something we will definitely pursue! We have collected pre-institute data via the application and interview. We have a plethora of data to analyze for knowledge gains in both cultural and STEM content through synchronous and asynchronous session reflections, curriculum development and enactment, post-institute interviews and presentations. Would you suggest additional data to collect for future interations?

     
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    George Hein

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    May 10, 2022 | 03:52 p.m.

    It see3ms from what you wrote that you collected lots of data about the understanding of Gullah culture by the participants early.  It would be too late now to suggest any "ore-involvement" knowledge or attitudes.  I'm confident you'll follow up with similar data collection later.

     
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    May 10, 2022 | 04:32 p.m.

    "Ore-involvement" is a novel term for me, George. Can you give a few sources for my review?

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    May 10, 2022 | 05:14 p.m.

    Regina,

    Apologies for my typos.  I was interrupted as I was typing and sent the message without checking it.  I meant to write "pre-involvement" (before involvement).

     
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    Regina Ciphrah

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    May 10, 2022 | 05:33 p.m.

    No worries! I understand now! Thank you George!

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    Francheska Figueroa

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    May 10, 2022 | 02:02 p.m.

    This was fascinating to me! I had not heard of the Gullah culture before this video and am embarrassed to say that I have spent some time in these states. Thank you for educating me on such an important topic and how we are always learning in this brave space!

     
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    May 10, 2022 | 03:37 p.m.

    Thank you for your feedback, Francheska! There are many cultural groups that have not been celebrated for STEM enterprise participation, so we believe our work in supporting educators to incorporate diverse perspectives in their curriculum is paramount!

     
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    Courtney Drayton-Ross

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    May 10, 2022 | 03:39 p.m.

    Thank you for bringing such a wonderful, positive and life changing take on STEM education for our young people. I am super proud to have had an opportunity to see you all in action. 

     
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    May 10, 2022 | 04:36 p.m.

    Thank you for taking the time to review and provide feedback on our video, Courtney! We hope that our work will make space for and positively influence the reclamation and celebration of culturally diverse perspectives within STEM enterprise participation.

     
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    Kimberly Gordon

    May 10, 2022 | 04:09 p.m.

    This was very informative and interesting.

     
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    Fenice Boyd

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    May 10, 2022 | 05:06 p.m.

    Thank you for taking time to review our video, Kimberly. We think our work opens a space to begin conversations about the contributions that Gullah people have made to STEM practices, careers, disciplines and scholarship historically and culturally. Most school curricula is lacking in this work and it's important that all kids are presented with multiple perspectives about the many contributions that people of color have made to STEM disciplines.

     
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    May 10, 2022 | 04:39 p.m.

    Thank you for taking the time to view and comment on our video, Kimberly. Feel free to share any insights or questions you may have. Our team is particularly interested in diverse STEM enterprise participation and how to convey such in curriculum for learners of all ages.

     
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    Lucia Alcala

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    May 10, 2022 | 05:37 p.m.

    Very interesting and important work grounded on community knowledge to create culturally relevant curricula. We see this as crucial in our own work with Indigenous communities in Mexico and Latin America.

     
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    May 10, 2022 | 05:49 p.m.

    Thank you for taking time to review our video, Lucia. It appears that we have similar beliefs about recognizing the significance of this work and what it means historically and culturally. We welcome any insights you might want to share.

     
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    Keith taylor

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    May 11, 2022 | 09:20 a.m.

    This truly is amazing. I never thought about it like this even though it is a major part of history. Congratulations. You made me want to really delve more into it. 

     
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    Fenice Boyd

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    May 11, 2022 | 10:53 a.m.

    Thank you Keith for your insight. Your comment is just what we want to hear, i.e., that scholars will look at our work through a different lens to consider the historical and cultural nature of STEM, and what contributions under served and underrepresented groups have made that impact our society. In our case we're focusing on the contributions of Gullah people.

     
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    Venecia Rickenbacker

    Informal Educator
    May 11, 2022 | 09:38 a.m.

    What a wonderful way in which to bring culture and science to our youth. Giving them the creativity to expound upon the cultural narratives that run deep within Gullah Geechie culture overlaid with the understanding of how important it is to develop and sustain confidence in these fields of work,( which have always prevailed so naturally and abundantly in Black community and culture) is crucial to our continued success. Thank you all for bringing through such necessary work!

     
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    May 11, 2022 | 11:01 a.m.

    Thank you for viewing our video and for your comments, Venecia! We welcome your insights, experiences and questions about learning STEM content in a cultural context, encouraging diverse perspectives and participation in STEM, and/or facilitating educator professional learning experiences that are culturally embedded.

     
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    Dr. Ama R. Saran

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    May 11, 2022 | 01:37 p.m.

    Dear Folks,

    You absolutely must see this. The overall work is to center the Gullah population's contributions to science as it intersects with culture. In doing so they have carved out a rare, unique but absolutely authentic intersectionality among, science, history, and culture. This is so essential in authenticating science in a broader more inclusive fashion. Kudos!

     
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    May 11, 2022 | 02:16 p.m.

    What a wonderful summary!! Thank you Dr. Saran for your insights! We are interested in your experiences and questions about STEM learning in a cultural context. My colleagues and I believe that there are diverse perspectives about science, technology, engineering and mathematics that have not been acknowledge and ignored for so long. One question that we're posing in our work is who participates in STEM disciplines, practices, careers and scholarship? We welcome your insights and engagement with our work.

     
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    Thomas Hodges

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    May 11, 2022 | 02:53 p.m.

    When we thinking about authentic, culturally sustaining teaching that illustrates the brilliance of people and communities, THIS is it. The embedded STEM disciplines are brought to life through real people, in real spaces. Thank you for this critical work! 

     
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    May 11, 2022 | 03:13 p.m.

    Thank you Dr. Hodges! We welcome your insights and experiences. My colleagues and I are looking forward to continuing our partnership with the Gullah community. Our purpose is to empower in-service and pre-service teachers to appraise and critique STEM curriculum designed for adolescents, with a lens focused on historical and cultural contributions of this under-represented group. 

     
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    George Hein

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    May 11, 2022 | 02:55 p.m.

    Your work reminds me of the activities of Luis Moll, who required that his students training to be teachers to go to the homes of families of their children and learn from then about the families' cultures.  He calls it "Funds of Knowledge". and describes examples from their work in one recent article that discussed research in 4 different countries "The four studies documented empirically and represent pedagogically families and students as resourceful and helped educators arrange environments that are academically sound and strongly oriented to building on such resources for learning."

     
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    May 11, 2022 | 03:25 p.m.

    Thank you for your insights George. We are familiar with Luis Moll's work on Funds of Knowledge and I agree that our work address aspects of his theory. I think where our work intersects with Moll's, in a significant way, is prioritize spaces, such as STEM for All Video Showcase, to address the many contributions, practices, methods, skills, knowledge(s), and overall brilliance of under-presented people, in our case the Gullah community.

     
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    May 11, 2022 | 09:32 p.m.

    I appreciate your work and see the value of building opportunities for students to make deeper connections to science by incorporating culturally and historically responsive learning opportunities for your students. Do you have specific design principles or approaches  that you believe led to your students new orientation toward science?

     
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    Regina Ciphrah

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    May 12, 2022 | 12:33 p.m.

    Greetings Folashade, and thank you for viewing our video and joining in on our discussion!  We integrated a Community Based Participatory Research (CBPR) approach with the Socio-Ecological Model to provide greater opportunities  for multilateral teaching and learning between stakeholders. The Socio-ecological Model  serves as a framework for assessing the effects of multiple layers of interactions on individuals (pre-and  in-service teachers, Gullah/Geechee students, parents, and community members) and how those intersections guide attitudes toward STEM teaching and learning from a cultural perspective. By having multiple layers of interactions between stakeholders for curriculum development and enactment, we believe that students were provided multiple opportunities and lens to see themselves (their families, community members, and cultural practices) in STEM enterprise participation.

     
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  • May 12, 2022 | 09:36 a.m.

    Very very exciting Dr. Ciphrah. You're right! Our projects are definitely very related. I enjoyed visiting the Gullah/Geechee regions during my project and meeting the community. I love your community connection. My work focuses on developing science curriculum using the narratives and lived experiences of Gullah/Geechee. 

    Looking forward to connecting.

     
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    May 12, 2022 | 12:34 p.m.

    Thank you for taking the time to view and comment on our video Dr. Quinlan. I am certainly interested in any frameworks or guiding principles you utilize in the curriculum development aspects of your work!

     
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    Bryanna Fleming

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    May 12, 2022 | 11:10 a.m.

    This was an innovative project highlighting STEM in the Gullah/Geechee community! I admire the dedication and respect your participants had for a culture that many have little knowledge of. The Gullah/Geechee culture deserves the opportunity the shine and be recognized for its beauty.

     
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    May 12, 2022 | 12:42 p.m.

    Thank you for taking the time to view our video and participate in the discussion, Bryanna! You have called-out a key aspect of leveraging under-represented cultures in spaces made for mainstream consumption-- dedication to respect. Our inservice and preservice teachers experienced thirteen synchronous professional learning sessions with 23 Gullah Geechee community member consultants over a six month period as they co-developed the summer academic experience for the students. We strived to facilitate opportunities for personal and professional connections to be made so that the foundation of curriculum development would be based in respect of the Gullah Geechee culture articulated through multiple community members’ perspectives. 

     
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    Cynthia H. Brock

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    May 12, 2022 | 11:30 p.m.

    What an exciting and impressive project!  Now I want to learn more about this important work.  I'd love to know where I could go to learn more about your project!  

     
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    Jamelle Ellis

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    May 13, 2022 | 10:19 a.m.

    Dr. Brock, thank you for viewing our CS-STEM video, and for taking time to engage. This is indeed important work, wholly reflective of our commitment to helping students to see themselves in STEMs and STEM careers. Because this is a feasibility project, we continue to engage in and seek opportunities for dissemination that will make our work more widely accessible. We are also in the process of developing our first article for peer-review. 

     
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    Shanita D'Angelo

    May 13, 2022 | 09:45 a.m.

    This is an amazing presentation!! Thank you for stepping outside of the norm and bringing forth an innovative program, that will help substain the lives and well-being of many communities. 

     
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    May 13, 2022 | 11:07 a.m.

    Thank you for your positive feedback, Shanita. We have been fortunate to work with an entire team of innovative thought leaders including our PI team, pre-service and in-service teachers, consultants, Gullah Geechee community members, and of course, the inquisitive 5th and 6th grade students that participated in our CS-STEM Institute. One of the key components of our work, and one that has made it more robust, is the effective implementation of Community-Based Participatory Research practices. By nesting our research approach within the local context, including culture and natural infrastructure, and by working with members of the community from inception of the project, we are confident that we are building a better foundation for replicable, impactful, and sustainable programming in underrepresented communities.

     
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    STEVE WILLIAMS

    K-12 Administrator
    May 13, 2022 | 11:17 a.m.

    Excellent Program/ Project. So needed in our community.

     
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    May 13, 2022 | 11:59 a.m.

    Thank you for watching our video, Steve, and for your positive comment. We would love to hear any general feedback you may have regarding success stories related to informal learning. We welcome any experiences you would like to share, particularly as a K-12 Administrator, that would provide insights into enhanced professional development opportunities for pre-service and in-service teachers within the context of informal culturally-based STEM learning.

     
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    Jawahn Ware

    May 13, 2022 | 01:04 p.m.

    I am so proud of the additional work you are doing in STEM!! 

     
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    Jawahn Ware

    May 13, 2022 | 01:04 p.m.

    I am so proud of the additional work you are doing in STEM!! 

     
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    May 13, 2022 | 07:44 p.m.

    Thank you for viewing our CS-STEM video Jawahn. Please let us know if there is a particular element of our work you find interesting or inspiring.

     
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    Cynthia Orona

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    May 13, 2022 | 03:31 p.m.

    Thank you for sharing your work.  We are also working on culturally-responsive curriculum and STEM career interests in middle school youth at tribal nation afterschool sites.  The idea of getting the culture in is definitely always on our mind.  Do you think that your work will be easily transferred to other African cultures?  What about other people of color?  What kinds of modifications would you make?  The tie to that particular culture works, but how do you keep that tie while creating ties to other cultures?

     
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    May 13, 2022 | 08:03 p.m.

    These are excellent questions Cynthia. First, thank you for viewing our CS-STEM Institute video and for engaging with us on this important work. Although this work focuses on our relationship to and with Gullah Geechee culture and a specific community in South Carolina, we began our work with the goal of building a framework that integrates the Socio-ecological Model and Community-Based Participatory Research in a way that has helped us to build a sound foundation for replicable, impactful, and sustainable programming in underrepresented communities across the cultural spectrum in informal settings. Please feel free to ask any follow up questions or to share any tools that you have found useful in your own programming.

     
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    Leslie James

    May 14, 2022 | 09:14 a.m.

    Thank you for taking the time to open our eyes to the importance of sustaining STEM learning in our community. So many of our young brothers and sisters feel  Inadequate in these particular areas of study and think they have to only rely on their physical abilities in order to succeed, however this will give them hope to know that there are ways they can use their minds in order to be successful. My family and I will do all that we can to support this cause.

     
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    May 14, 2022 | 11:39 a.m.

    Leslie, thank you for watching our video, and for your engagement and support. Research shows that combining opportunities to reinforce students’ identity as scientists with a supportive and challenging environment of teachers, faculty and other mentors committed to student success are significant predictors of long-term participation STEM majors and careers. But, it also takes positive reinforcement at home and in the community to build confidence in STEM. Our team works tirelessly to demystify science, technology, engineering, and math, in our respective areas of expertise. That happens by normalizing STEM knowledge, skills, and applications in every aspect of our lives. I hope you will continue to follow our work, and we invite you to share any insights you found particularly helpful.

     
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    Chanda Jefferson

    Informal Educator
    May 14, 2022 | 09:27 a.m.

    Thank you all for sharing this project with the world! This work connects with me on so many personal levels as a person born and raised in South Carolina, and as a South Carolina STEM/Biology teacher. This is what our STEM teachers and students need.  I am curious to know how many teachers participated in the program and in the future, do you all plan to work with educator to create curriculum for multiple grade levels? Sending love and joy. Let's connect soon.

     
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    Jamelle Ellis

    Co-Presenter
    CEO
    May 14, 2022 | 12:52 p.m.

    Ms. Jefferson, first, thank you for your contributions to education in South Carolina. As our 2020 SC Teacher of the Year, we are honored that you watched our video. Our feasibility study included two National Board Certified teachers with more than 17 years of experience each, both in applied sciences. Our cohort also included four pre-service teachers from various SC colleges and universities. In this feasibility study, a primary goal was capacity building. Extensive professional development was provided to all of our teachers through a series of asynchronous sessions that focused on contemporary aquaponics and historical applications of STEM in SC rice cultivation. Over 20 hours of synchronous sessions were also conducted in which teachers and PIs engaged with Gullah community members and practitioners on a host of culture-specific topics ranging from art and entertainment to environmental stewardship and conservation. Our teachers developed curriculum for the summer CS-STEM institute based this semester-long training. This feasibility study focused on 5th and 6th grade STEM curriculum development. Although we understand the need for this type of work at all grade levels, we are still in the process of analyzing and interpreting data in the feasibility stage to best understand our next steps. We welcome any suggestions and would love to connect with you!

     
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    John Kaup

    Higher Ed Administrator
    May 14, 2022 | 03:11 p.m.

    Thank you for sharing your time and expertise to craft this video and pilot this work.  As someone based up in Greenville, I have worked extensively on STEM focused outreach efforts and have had an interest in learning more about Gullah Geechee culture.  Appreciated seeing this pilot to merge these two and looking forward to reading more of the discussion and hopefully connecting with you through some work I do in the low country.

     
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    Jamelle Ellis

    Co-Presenter
    CEO
    May 14, 2022 | 04:47 p.m.

    Thank you for watching our video, John. Dr. Ciphrah and I are both from the SC Lowcountry, Georgetwown and Charleston, respectively. We both have ongoing projects supporting Gullah Geechee communities, and some of my work has been published. We would love to learn more about your work in the Lowcountry within the context of Gullah Geechee culture. 

     
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    Jamie Bell

    Project Director
    May 16, 2022 | 03:53 p.m.

    Thank you for sharing this compelling video about your project. We have been finding that people's understanding and use of the term culturally sustaining can vary. How do you and your colleagues define it, distinct from culturally responsive, e.g.?

     

     
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    Regina Ciphrah

    Lead Presenter
    Owner & Principal
    May 16, 2022 | 11:12 p.m.

    Thank you for taking the time to view and respond to our video, Jamie. You are correct; while the goal of culturally inclusive pedagogical approaches may be similar, the use of term in regard to specific practices may differ. We are in the process of developing our first article for peer-review regarding our perspective of culturally-sustaining STEM that is rooted in Paris's 2012 framework. We define culturally-sustaining STEM as "three-dimensional learning where students acquire interdisciplinary knowledge through their use of science and engineering practices and their engagement with multiple texts and multimodality to promote and preserve cultural assets, historical knowledge, and community resources" (Boyd, Ciphrah, & Ellis, in preparation). We look forward to articulating this perspective in our pending publication.

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    Priscila Costa

    Graduate Student
    May 17, 2022 | 08:49 a.m.

    Congratulations, Dr. Boyd, Dr. Ciphrah, and Dr. Ellis. It was an honor for me to be part of the CS-STEM program last spring and summer and to learn about the Gullah-Geechee culture as it is preserved in South Carolina. What a joy to see your success and the growth of the CS-STEM. Congratulations! 

       
     
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    Fenice Boyd

    Co-Presenter
    Chair and Professor
    May 17, 2022 | 09:45 a.m.

    Thank you Priscila! It was a pleasure to have you as a team member! Your contributions will always be remembered and a part of our work!

     
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    Priscila Costa

    Graduate Student
    May 17, 2022 | 08:49 a.m.

    Congratulations, Dr. Boyd, Dr. Ciphrah, and Dr. Ellis. It was an honor for me to be part of the CS-STEM program last spring and summer and to learn about the Gullah-Geechee culture as it is preserved in South Carolina. What a joy to see your success and the growth of the CS-STEM. Congratulations! 

       
     
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  • May 17, 2022 | 05:35 p.m.

    This is a great project! I cannot wait to read the publications in pipeline!

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    Fenice Boyd

    Co-Presenter
    Chair and Professor
    May 17, 2022 | 05:41 p.m.

    Thank you Meltem for viewing our video. We are very excited and proud about this work. Our Gullah/Geechee partners are phenomenal and I especially have learned so much from them. It's important to get the stories of STEM practitioners, scholars, because while not always acknowledged, the Gullah have always contributed to the STEM disciplines, practices and careers. In solidarity, my colleagues and I want these contributions to be a part of the school curriculum as well as in informal learning spaces.

  • May 17, 2022 | 05:44 p.m.

    Yes, that's one of the reason I am interested in reading your publications. Our center does a lot of curriculum development. I am interested in learning about the framework about culturally-sustaining STEM, which could be a good foundation for many projects. 

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