Science Education Campaign for Research, Equity & Teaching
To address issues of anti-black racism, the challenges faced by students from low-income families, and the learning needs of emergent bilinguals, we seek to engage in an ongoing campaign of equity-centeredness throughout all dimensions of science education.
Take a look at the new publication of a special issue of Science Education featuring articles created by campaign participants.
Join us for the SECRET Conference in Atlanta, Oct. 12-15 featuring guest speakers, field-trips to iconic places and dinner at one of Atlanta’s historic restaurants.
Drs. Brian Williams and John Settlange host several podcasts about science education, mentoring, school leadership and a variety of topics around addressing the topic of equity in science education.
Equity within science education only receives intermittent attention. Without suggesting equity is unimportant to most science education stakeholders, we can’t help but notice the absence of widespread and sustained emphasis. A partial explanation is that foundations and associations concerned about science education came into existence prior to and disconnected from Civil Rights Era concerns.
The many individuals committed to reducing inequities within science education do not have a sustainable network or forum for focusing their work. This project is designed to reduce the isolation disempowering equity-centered science education scholars and to begin developing a sustainable community with infrastructures that will provide ongoing support to this vital work.
THE ``SECRET MEETING``
Ordinarily, a group that meets in secret is regarded by outsiders as holding special powers. For this project, we don’t wield much political or fiscal power, but instead rely on social capital to energize the work. The creation of “Science Education Campaign for Research, Equity & Teaching” is an effort to move equity commitments from the fringe and simultaneously provide a focal point for attracting collaborators and giving them a core around which subsequent work can arise.
THIS PROJECT BENEFITS FROM THE GENEROUS SUPPORT OF THE NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION [GRANT #2029956]. OPINIONS AND STATEMENTS EXPRESSED IN THIS MATERIAL ARE THOSE OF THE AUTHORS AND DO NOT NECESSARILY REFLECT THE VIEWS OF THE NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION.
50+ PARTICIPANTS AND CONTRIBUTORS–
In preparation for the October 2021 in-person conference, more than fifty educators from across the nation contributed scholarly essays.
THOUGHTS ON THE WRITING PROCESS: MARCH 19, 2021
A key outcome of this project is a collection of foundational documents addressing key themes within equity-centered science education. Via co-authors working on sub-themes, scholarly essays will be generated with the goal of supplying a common knowledge base. The slideshow offers perspectives meant to support contributing writers.
Structure and Style Slideshow
BRIAN’S QUESTIONS & THOUGHTS ABOUT WRITING
As the project enters its second month, Brian talks to John about the style of the theme groups’ writing efforts.
A follow-up to Writing Style