In 2021, we held a virtual UTeach STEM Educators Conference, along with a pre-conference Equity and Racial Justice in STEM Teacher Development Summit.
Equity and Racial Justice in STEM Teacher Development Summit
"I will always know that teachers touch eternity through their students, and I will live through them."
Dr. Freeman Hrabowski quoting his mother during his keynote address
The summit provided opportunities for a diverse group of pre- and in-service teachers, higher education faculty and staff, and affiliated STEM education stakeholders to engage with issues related to equity and racial justice in STEM teacher development. The summit concluded with a session for participants to discuss how to move from "discussion to action" by identifying and articulating actionable steps related to ERJ that they can take and implement in their local contexts.
The Equity and Racial Justice in STEM Teacher Development Virtual Summit is part of a multi-layered equity and racial justice initiative led by the UTeach STEM Educators Association.
The Summit was made possible by a generous sponsorship from St. David's HealthCare.
UTeach STEM Educators Conference
The 2021 UTeach STEM Educators Conference brought together a community of teacher preparation and K–12 educators and teachers working to build and inspire STEM education leaders across the country. The conference theme in 2021 was Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in STEM Education.
The reach of the UTeach network was demonstrated in part by the openiing keynote address by Dr. Trevon Jones, a graduate of the UTeach Austin program, and the closing panel made up of UTeach Master Teachers who have also graduated from UTeach programs. Sessions during the conference focused on strenghening math and science instruction with an equity focus, strengthening the UTeach program and curriculum, and strengthening each other.
Sincerest thanks to our conference co-presenter, the National Mathematics and Science Initiative!