|NCTM Position Statement on Access and Equity in Mathematics Education
|Report sparks debate over improving teacher diversity
|Teacher shortages and efforts to achieve a more diverse field of applicants have led some states to drop basic-skills requirements for admission into college teaching programs, while federal regulations in 2016 allowed a similar approach. However, a report from the National Council for Teacher Quality — which has been criticized by the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education — highlights data showing that raising admissions standards can also improve diversity
|Ensuring That All Students Can See Themselves in STEM
|Meeting professionals of color in science, technology, engineering, and math can be a game changer for high school students.
|EQUITY UNBOUND: COMMUNITY BUILDING ACTIVITIES
|Recognizing that online learning creates unique obstacles and opportunities for building community, a team of educators crafted this resource kit to assist their fellow instructors in creating inclusive and engaging virtual classrooms. Though many activities are geared toward educational settings, event organizers may also appreciate this tool. The activities were curated with “intentionally equitable hospitality,” in mind, a framework that emphasizes the importance of meeting people where they are at, in order to make them feel welcome, and recognizes the different needs and perspectives of those within any given classroom or group. Activities range from short exercises that give students a break during class to icebreakers that will help create respectful and relational classrooms. Clicking on an activity will reveal additional details that may include a purpose statement, preparation guide, instructions, and other resources. This activity kit is a collaboration between OneHE (an educator support organization) and Equity Unbound (a collaborative curriculum focused on principles of equity, open access, connection, and intercultural learning experiences).
|MAA’s Math Values Blog
|Mathematics drives society and shapes our lives. The Math Values blog from the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) explores the diverse voices of mathematics and discusses topics related to and affected by mathematics.
|Taking an Equity Stance in Math Class
|A Blog Post by Mark Chubb
|The Math Equity Project
|Equity in Mathematics is a one-week online summer institute followed by online monthly meetings on weeknights during the 2020-2021 school year for continued collaboration. This course can be taken for credit (3 credits) or for non-credit professional development.
|Stunning research on inequities of access to online learning in the USA
|In this blog post, Dr. Bates discusses the results of a study on U.S. children “learning online” during COVID-19 without the Internet or a computer.
|HOW TO MAKE YOUR DIGITAL CLASSROOM MORE LGBTQ-FRIENDLY
|It Gets Better began as a social media campaign and transformed into a global nonprofit supporting and empowering LGBTQ+ youth. The organization’s digital roots have come full circle in recognition of the increasing presence of digital classrooms. To ensure that online learning environments remain “safe and inclusive places for LGBTQ+ students,” It Gets Better released this action list, “How to Make Your Digital Classroom More LGBTQ-Friendly.” The article provides great guidelines for educators, covering topics like pronoun etiquette, building inclusive curriculum, and visible allyship. Additionally, the resource links out to several helpful tools found across the organization’s website. For example, readers can check out the glossary of LGBTQ-inclusive terminology, browse a plethora of educational materials, select free-to-download Zoom backgrounds designed by LGBTQ artists, and reference a comprehensive resource list to support students. At the end of the list, readers will find links to all of It Gets Better’s social media channels, which offer additional content that may be of interest to educators and students.
|ACCESSIBILITY DEVELOPER GUIDE
|Based on the World Wide Web Consortium’s Web Content Accessibility Guidelines, this toolkit ensures developers are creating accessible online content. The left-hand panel allows readers to quickly navigate through five sections, or users can browse across content using the search bar in the top-right corner. Of course, the Introduction section is a great place to begin. Here, readers will learn how to use the guide and find background information on the guide’s creators, Access for all (a Swiss Foundation) and the Accessibility Alliance (a growing group of contributors and organizations who collaborated on the effort). Then, readers will want to explore the remaining sections: Setup (covering software and tools for accessibility), Knowledge (containing useful tips on visual elements, semantics, and coding), and Examples (templates and tests that users can implement). Finally, the Contribute section welcomes users to share their own knowledge and skills to improve the guide. Readers will also find social media channels linked here. Follow along on Twitter (@A11yDevGuide) and Facebook (@access4all), or stay tuned for upcoming “hackdays.”
|500 Queer Scientists
|A visibility campaign for LGBTQ+ people and their allies working in STEM and STEM-supporting jobs — a group that collectively represents a powerful force of scientific progress and discovery. 1,447 stories and counting….
|Report: Faculty less diverse than student bodies
|April 2021 article from Diverse Education
|Episode 3: Diversity, Equity & Inclusion in the Renewables Industry
|This episode features Kenneth Labeja, the co-founder and CFO of Triple Oak Power, and Dareem David, director of finance at Primergy Solar, discussing the progress the industry has made on DEI initiatives and difficult circumstances they’ve experienced as Black men in renewables . They also look at ways the renewables industry can flex its financial clout to drive change and diversify its ranks of younger talent and experienced professionals. Listen now.
|Tips for teaching students with attention disorders
|Pinpointing and praising strengths, partnering with parents and seeing the child behind the label are what parents of students with attention deficit disorder say they like most about their favorite teachers. In this article, parents share examples of how teachers made their children with attention disorders feel included, and safe, in their classrooms.
|Women in Math: The Limit Does Not Exist Podcast
|Creating a diverse and equitable atmosphere is part of the partnership between students and teachers, and it is important that teachers learn who students are and embrace what they bring to the classroom, according to Educators at Columbia University Center for Teaching and Learning, which offers ways to become more inclusive in the classroom using digital and educational tools.
|Where teachers look in the classroom and who they call on can be forms of implicit bias, asserts Maurice Elias, a professor of psychology at Rutgers University. In this blog post, Elias shares strategies to help more “students to feel that their participation is welcome,” such as having students meet in pairs or groups and setting clear expectations.
|Tips to help students with math anxiety, dyscalculia
|Teaching math in a similar style to teaching a foreign language is one way to help students suffering from dyscalculia, a math-learning disability that often leads to math anxiety, according to Renee Hamilton-Newman, the founder of Dyscalculia.org. She explains how the disorder manifests inside and outside the classroom and offers several ways teachers can accommodate such students.
|PROMISING PRACTICES FOR ADDRESSING THE UNDERREPRESENTATION OF WOMEN IN SCIENCE, ENGINEERING, AND MEDICINE: OPENING DOORS
|Women are underrepresented and undervalued in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and medicine (STEMM) fields – less likely to pursue careers or advance within these fields due to bias, harassment, pay gaps, unequal access and workloads, and fewer opportunities. The consequences of this manifest in labor shortages in STEMM, a lack of diversity, and lost talent and creativity. Promising Practices for Addressing the Underrepresentation of Women in Science, Engineering, and Medicine: Opening Doors, a policy report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, seeks to address these issues by synthesizing and reviewing existing research on policies, practices, and programs for improving the recruitment, retention, and sustained advancement into leadership roles of women in STEMM fields. On the page linked above, visitors can read the report in full online or download a free PDF version, or navigate to the “Contents” tab for a detailed table of contents. The “Resources” tab includes highlighted content specifically for medical institutions and policy makers, as well as commissioned papers. The report’s editors are Rita Colwell, Ashley Bear, and Alex Helman, with additional contributions from Policy and Global Affairs, the Committee on Women in Science, Engineering, and Medicine, and the Committee on Increasing the Number of Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, and Medicine. [RMP]