The latest from STEM Teaching Tools, a series of free, bite-sized PDFs for science educators.
Field Notes #9, Feburary 2018
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How to avoid common pitfalls of culturally responsive instruction

To be equitable, science teaching must make meaningful connections to students' cultural knowledge, experiences, and ways of knowing. But this is complex work. Educators must work to avoid complications and prevalent myths.

Read this new STEM Teaching Tool to better understand—and avoid—known pitfalls of culturally responsive science teaching.
Read STEM Teaching Tool #53
Other New Tools
Brief #52: Supporting Preservice Teachers with Task-Based Instruction [Read]
PD Resource D: How to Craft 3D Classroom Science Assessments [Read]
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Join us at NSTA in Atlanta
University of Washington Institute for Science + Math Education team members will be offering many workshops and presentations at the NSTA conference in Atlanta this March. Come to the following sessions to discuss equity in STEM education and say hello to our team members!



Equity-Centered NGSS Storylining: A Practical Guide to the Planning of Phenomena-Centered Science Learning
12:30-1:30pm, Omni Atlanta Hotel at CNN Center, Dogwood B

Teaching About the Intersections of Biology, History, Race, and Racism: Strategies, Curriculum Resources, and Research
12:30-1:30pm, Georgia World Congress Center, B211

Improving 3-D Learning in Your Classroom: Building Assessment Tasks That Work
2-3pm, Omni Atlanta Hotel at CNN Center, Dogwood B

CSSS-Sponsored Session: Leadership in Science Education: Addressing Equity and Access
3:30-4:30pm, Omni Atlanta Hotel at CNN Center, International Ballroom C

FRIDAY, 3/16

Elementary Extravaganza 2018: Reverse Engineering: How students’ everyday experiences can support science learning through engineering design
8-10am, Georgia World Conference Center Exhibit Hall B-1

CSSS-Sponsored Session: Formative Assessments of Learners’ Interests, Identities, and Knowledge
12:30-2:30pm, Omni Atlanta Hotel at CNN Center, Cottonwood A/B

AMSE: Unpacking Race in a Science Classroom
2-3pm, Omni Atlanta Hotel at CNN Center, Grand Ballroom C

Leading NGSS Implementation in Districts
2-3pm, Omni Atlanta Hotel at CNN Center, Dogwood B

Meet Me in the Middle Share-a-thon: STEM Teaching Tools: Resources to foster equitable teaching and learning
2:30-4:30pm, Georgia World Congress Center, A411/412b



NGSS Share-a-thon: STEM Teaching Tools: Resources to foster equitable teaching and learning
9-10:30am, Georgia World Congress Center, B102

Multicultural/Equity Share-a-Thon: STEM Teaching Tools: Resources to foster equitable teaching and learning
12:30-2:30pm, Georgia World Congress Center, B102

Equity-based NGSS Implementation Through Research Practice Partnerships: Experiences with Leveraging Cross-Institutional Resources
3:30-4:30pm, Omni Atlanta Hotel at CNN Center, Walnut

Designing and Using Equitable 3-D Formative Assessments to Support Meaningful NGSS Investigations
5-6pm, Georgia World Congress Center, B401
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