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Conference Session: “Social Justice and STEM”
Monday, July 25, 2016 - 22:29
Track: Social Equity & STEM
This session explores the educational landscape of Arizona under-represented and under-served students. We will share how disadvantaged students fair in our education system, programs that exist, personal stories of individuals in STEM who entered through academic and industry paths. Participants will be introduced to a) approaches used across our nation for STEM advancements that may be leveraged in Arizona, b) inspiring stories for cultivating a sense of belonging, c) and experiential learning exercises that help educators with STEM communication. Diversity and inclusion is paramount to the U.S. reaching its’ 21st Century STEM goals. According to the recently published annual report by The Annie E. Casey Foundation KIDS COUNT Data Book, Arizona students are at risk. While Arizona is still in the bottom ten states, improvements in math proficiency were the most notable area of progress, propelling the state from 35th in 2015 to 18th in 2016. Arizona eighth graders performed better than the national average on the National Assessment of Educational Progress test, with 65% in our state not meeting proficiency, while nationally, that statistic is 68%. Better scores can be attributed to an aggressive effort by public K-12 schools to adopt and meet more rigorous math standards. One of the leaks into the pipeline for students entering STEM has been creating environments for learning and belonging.
Intended audience: Students, educators, and civic leaders of all experience levels – including none – arewelcome. There is no limit on the number of participants.
Loretta Cheeks have developed systems & led development teams within the communications, radio, avionics, instrumentation & control and chemical industries. After Cheeks spent 20 years engineering technical solutions for Fortune 500 corporations, she started the journey to achieve a lifelong goal, which is to earn a PhD in Computer Science. Cheeks is currently a full-time PhD graduate student as an Adobe Foundation GEM Fellow at Arizona State University in the School of Computing, Informatics and Decision Systems Engineering. Cheeks founded Strong TIES to promote STEM K-12 education that emphasizes discovery, creativity, problem‐solving, collaboration and a sustainable education program using computer technologies and cultural-relevant tools.
- Dr. Karen Hardin, Retired Maricopa County Administrator and Faculty. A provider of STEM K-12 Education
- Melissa L. Moreno, CPC, CM-Lean, Employee Owner, Sundt Construction, Inc.
- Carl Davenport, Director, Silicon Operations/Product Development Engineering, Platform Engineering and Development (PED), Internet of Things Group (IOTG), Intel Corporation
- Dr. Arlisa Richardson, Physic Faculty, Gilbert Chandler Community College