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THERESA ROBINSON

Elmhurst University
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    Theresa Robinson

    Lead Presenter
    Director of STEM Center
    May 9, 2022 | 04:34 p.m.

    Hello, My name is Theresa Robinson.  I am a science educator dedicated to preparing teachers prepared to teach STEM using inclusive and culturally relevant pedagogies  This video is presents the context for our work and testimonials about its impact during the capacity building phase of our NSF Noyce STEM Teachers Scholars Program. We are now in the phase of recruiting and training future STEM teachers and extending our professional development model to their preparation.

    I would like to engage with viewers around ideas for collaborative practices, recommendations for research, questions about training future STEM teachers for CRP, and opportunities for synergy.  Please leave a question or comment. I would love to hear from others engaged in similar work or districts interested in implementing PD for culturally relevant STEM teaching and learning. 

    Thank you and happy viewing. 

     

     
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    Regina Ciphrah
  • May 10, 2022 | 04:58 p.m.

    I am wondering if you find that students who are given more choices in projects and lessons with regard to how they show their thinking and their understanding -- not just an essay, quiz, or worksheet with boxed in answers - tend to show more cultural connections and bring in their lived experiences and connect to the content in deeper ways. We do work with teachers in PD that is geared to help them provide more choice, more multimodal options, in order to encourage more opportunities for the unique and diverse perspectives of the students to have space in the formal classroom/learning environment. It seems hard for teachers to do but it seems like an important aspect of CRP. Do you focus on this in your work with STEM teachers, and is it challenging to bring about this change in practice in your experience?

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    Wendy Smith

    Facilitator
    Research Professor
    May 10, 2022 | 06:19 p.m.

    Thanks for sharing your project! Do you have plans to involve mentor teachers and university teacher educators in your CRP PD so they can reinforce those pedagogies as your future teachers engage in coursework and field experiences? How have you been able to address "fitting" CRP into state standards or district curricular materials? What advice do you have for others wanting to develop school-university partnerships that can enact CRP?

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    Theresa Robinson

    Lead Presenter
    Director of STEM Center
    May 10, 2022 | 09:04 p.m.

    Hi Wendy:

    We do have plans to involve mentor teachers in the professional development opportunities fall 2022. During the 2020-2021 academic year we invited pre-service teachers, inservice teachers, university STEM faculty, and Dept. of Education faculty to the pd's. We frame CRP as essential to providing access to high quality STEM education for all students.  We also center the tenets of CRP as a best practice for STEM instruction as opposed as something to add on to the existing curriculum, it should be integrated.  My advice is to ensure that you have a clear conception of the purpose and importance for CRP in STEM instruction, be able to convey this message and make sure that you have experts with experience in CRP AND STEM deliver the pd.  Communication and regular collaboration with partners is essential.

     
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    Cynthia Callard
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    David Lockett

    Facilitator
    Data Science Outreach and Grants Development
    May 10, 2022 | 08:56 p.m.

    Thank you for exploring the tenets of culturally responsive STEM curriculum, and providing an innovative look into STEM teaching and learning. The inclusive pedagogy serves as tool to promote discussions about strategies educators may adopt to reinforce inclusion for all students. To achieve excellence in inclusive learning, are teachers considering different perspectives in how they deliver content to diverse learners? Is sharing a framework to understanding STEM identity an important aspect for professional development? 

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    Theresa Robinson

    Lead Presenter
    Director of STEM Center
    May 11, 2022 | 10:24 a.m.

    Hello David

    Great Questions

    Yes, participants are absolutely asked to consider non majority perspectives about the knowledge creation process.  We do a lot of work around the question, What is Science? One of our guest speakers mathematician Dr. Benjamin Dickman discussed the development and use of mathematics from multiple cultural perspectives, who gets to 'do' math. 

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    Darryl Yong

    Higher Ed Faculty
    May 12, 2022 | 05:19 p.m.

    Thanks for your work!  A tension that I often encounter in my work is that of balancing the need to share practical, concrete strategies that teachers can take into their classrooms immediately versus long-term, deep, introspective, mindset-shifting work. Do you also run into this tension and how do you think about such tensions in your work?

     
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    Theresa Robinson

    Lead Presenter
    Director of STEM Center
    May 13, 2022 | 08:03 a.m.

    Thanks Daryl, I once experienced that tension. I center the long term mind set work, because most have not experienced progressive STEM education in their own K-12 education or higher education. They will have an abundance of that type of instruction and professional development when they enter the field, it is the status quo.  When they write lesson plans they are responsible for translating the theory to practice. Towards the end of the semester we begin to look at concrete strategies for fun :) 

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    Cynthia Callard

    Facilitator
    Executive Director and Faculty
    May 12, 2022 | 06:39 p.m.

    Thanks for sharing your work Theresa!  It is critical work to prepare and support educators in inclusive and culturally-responsive pedagogies.  Could you say more about the PL experience that you designed and implemented?  Was it totally synchronous online (as shown in the video clip)?  How long was it?  Multiple sessions?  What were the primary themes addressed?  I am also wondering how you are now thinking about taking what you learned in this building phase to extending to preservice teachers' preparation?  Will this be a course?  Activities embedded in coursework?  Thanks for sharing!

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    Rita Hagevik

    Higher Ed Faculty
    May 13, 2022 | 09:00 a.m.

    Thank you Theresa you are so correct! We need many more STEM teachers and more teachers of color. I am honored to be at a minority serving institution so we are preparing STEM minority teachers. It is so important I agree! Great presentation! So true! Can you explain some of your training approaches a bit more?

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    Theresa Robinson

    Lead Presenter
    Director of STEM Center
    May 13, 2022 | 11:24 a.m.

    Hello Rita

    Our STEM pd was centered on strategies for content area literacy and CRP!!!! We did not deviate from that. There were 2 "conferences" one in the fall and one in the spring. The fall sessions were focused on theory.  The spring sessions were focused on practice.  Topics included teaching STEM using literate practices, teaching math for social justice, teaching science using culturally sustaining methods.  You can check out the website for descriptions of both events. https://www.elmhurst.edu/academics/departments/...

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    Rita Hagevik

    Higher Ed Faculty
    May 14, 2022 | 08:37 a.m.

    Hi Christine - The link to the paper above does not seem to be working? Can you post another link maybe? Thank you!

     

  • May 14, 2022 | 08:50 a.m.

    Hi Rita! I tried that and found the same thing! :)

    I deleted and reposted. I also have a paper I am presenting at the 2022 ASEE conference on how lived experiences of undergraduate women engineering majors affect their creative self-efficacy. This paper will be available for viewing in July of 2022. I am currently extending this study to a wider audience on women engineering majors, and am very excited about this!

     
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    Theresa Robinson
  • May 14, 2022 | 08:46 a.m.

     Hi Theresa! Your work is very valuable and so important in the pipeline to STEM careers. Diverse perspectives are crucial in industry and in an evolving society. I have conducted research into the creative self-efficacy of undergraduate women engineering majors.

    Here is the link to a paper I presented at the 2021 ASEE Conference: https://peer.asee.org/creative-self-efficacy-of...

    Are strategies different for teachers who teach at different K-12 levels? How does incorporating creativity within the traditional classroom apply to the culturally diverse classroom? Have you incorporated strategies for project based learning that enhances spatial skills? I found that embedding creativity within the classroom and spatial skills training are very valuable tools to encourage STEM careers. Of course this includes offering them in an atmosphere that welcomes diversity. I really like how you use STEM across the curriculum as well. The challenge for teachers is being able to incorporate these strategies effectively into the classroom. We are creating instructional videos on incorporating STEM into the K-12 classroom as part of our outreach initiatives to high schools with a higher percentage of underrepresented groups. We hope that increasing awareness of simple strategies that teachers can use that encourage STEM careers will be valuable to the teachers and the students. Thank you for your amazing work!

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    Theresa Robinson

    Lead Presenter
    Director of STEM Center
    May 14, 2022 | 05:35 p.m.

    Creativity and science education are partners!  Thanks for sharing the paper and commenting.  

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    Rita Hagevik

    Higher Ed Faculty
    May 14, 2022 | 06:24 p.m.

    Yes that sounds like a great idea and perhaps a way to get MORE women interested in pursuing an engineering degree. Many see art and the arts as the opposite of science and do not see science as being a creative endeavor but that is so not true! This sounds great!

     
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    Theresa Robinson
  • May 17, 2022 | 10:55 a.m.

    Getting to the heart of what's going on. That's great. We often allow ourselves to be fooled by increasing numbers without looking to see what else remains the same. Glad you highlighted this contrast - increasing number of students, but still same number of Black STEM teachers. It's time to ask what's truly going on? 

     
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    Theresa Robinson

    Lead Presenter
    Director of STEM Center
    May 17, 2022 | 01:03 p.m.

    Thanks for viewing the video Catherine. It is such a complex issue, but at the heart of it we must reestablish teaching as a viable and fulfilling career option for young Black adults. I hope to continue this conversation with you. 

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    Theresa Robinson

    Lead Presenter
    Director of STEM Center
    May 17, 2022 | 01:15 p.m.

    Thank you all for watching and commenting. If you would like to follow up with me. I can be reached @

    Email: Theresa.robinson@elmhurst.edu

    twitter: TRobson3000

    web: theresayrobinson.com

    website: https://www.elmhurst.edu/academics/departments/...

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