September 2021: Partnering Culturally Responsive Teaching and Place-Based Science Education

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In recent years there has been increased attention paid to the importance of both culturally responsive teaching and place-based learning (PBE). In this “Theme of the Month”, we make use of a small set of videos from the Multiplex to illustrate some recent efforts in these areas. Our group of panelists, both researchers and practitioners, will use these artifacts and their own expertise to highlight the power generated at the intersection of culturally responsive teaching and PBE. View Synthesis

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Partnering Culturally Responsive Teaching and Place-Based Science Education

Recorded: Sept. 10, 2021 at 12:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time

Description: In recent years there has been increased attention paid to the importance of both culturally responsive teaching and place-based learning (PBE). In this “Theme of the Month”, we make use of a small set of videos from the Multiplex to illustrate some recent efforts in these areas. Our group of panelists, both researchers and practitioners, will use these artifacts and their own expertise to highlight the power generated at the intersection of culturally responsive teaching and PBE.


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  • Icon for: Anna Lees

    Anna Lees

    September 9, 2021 | 09:17 p.m.

    What aspects of land education are driving your work and how are you engaging this with community? What has been exciting in your developments and/or what challenges are you continuing to work through?

  • Icon for: Abdelfattah Jabrane

    Abdelfattah Jabrane

    September 10, 2021 | 02:29 p.m.

     Good job. The data of district like ecomical industrial or cultural must be shared in a plateforme for school use. So teacher can find easily what they need. Reducing time to go search in google or doing local visit to gather informations that sometimes not free.

    I think that this will boost learner enthousiasm and curiosity and improve their academical achievement.

  • Icon for: Roberta Hunter

    Roberta Hunter

    September 10, 2021 | 03:40 p.m.

    What a great panel and discussion! I liked Anna's point about making the boundary between research and practice more permeable. How do we go about more collaborative teaching and learning that honors culture and place?

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