Cultural Relevancy in STEM Classrooms

Cultural Relevancy in STEM Classrooms

The Smithsonian Science Education Center will host a two-day professional development workshop for grades 5-8 science teachers and their administrators funded by Shell Oil Company at the Houston Food Bank to:

  • Build awareness about the importance of culturally proficient teaching for all populatinos.
  • Introduce, develop, and practice strategies for culutrally proficient science teaching at grades 5-8.
  • Develop a community of learners to provide ongoing support and share resources.
Selection Process

Applications are due Friday, June 8. The application process to attend this program is competitive. We are seeking 60 teachers of grades 5-8 science from Houston-area school districts to attend this training.

Applications will be scored based on the following categories:

  1. Teacher Commitment – An expressed desire to participate in this work and willingness to commit to all expectations as outlined in section 2 of this application.
  2. Key Decision-Maker Support – A key decision-maker at the building level (e.g. principal, assistant principal, school support officer) has been identified and agreed to the administrator commitments in section 2 of the application.
  3. Teacher Cohort – Multiple teacher applicants from the same school, demonstrating the school’s commitment to equitable teaching and sustainable, systemic change of teacher practice.
  4. Populations Served – The extent to which the applicant reaches traditionally underserved populations in the Houston area, specifically from Houston ISD, Sheldon ISD, Spring Branch ISD, Fort Bend ISD, Alief, ISD, and Deer Park ISD.
Workshop Details

August 6-7, 2018

Houston Food Bank
535 Portwall Street
Houston, TX 77029