An Inside-Out Approach to Equity in STEM – Apr 20 & May 4
The Philadelphia Regional Institute for STEM Educators (PRISE) is hosting a speaker and panel series titled: An Inside-Out Approach to Equity in STEM.
We are taking a systems view of examining how individual identity and organizational culture contribute to activities and impacts which are grounded in producing equitable outcomes for STEM learners. We call this an Inside-Out approach because this ultimately is about Cultural Proficiency which, according to Randall Lindsey is “to be applied to both organizational practices and individual behavior” (Cultural Proficiency: A Manual for School Leaders 4th ed., 2019). We have assembled an impressive line-up of contributors from the Philadelphia region that represent K-12, higher education, and organizations that support STEM education. During each session, one of the speakers will give an overview of the topic at hand and then will join a panel that will be moderated by Muriel Fox Alim from the National Math and Science Initiative. The audience will have an opportunity to ask questions during a Q&A period at the end.
April 20, 5:00-6:00 PM – My Organization’s Culture: – Building on the idea that interactions between individuals are shaped by their perceptions of themselves and how they view others, we move on to explore how our schools and institutions create conditions in which those relationships are shaped.
May 4, 5:00-6:00 PM – My Institutional Impact: A precondition for collective impact is an agreement that cooperating organizations share a common agenda that “includes a common understanding of the problem and a joint approach to solving it”. Organizations together may believe their work on issues dealing with race and equity is converging while they are actually on parallel tracks. As our final exploration delves into impact and influence.
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