Promising Practices

Culturally Responsive Curricula in STEM

Saturday, November 1, 2014
8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

We are pleased to announce Rhode Island College’s 17th Annual Promising Practices Conference: Culturally Responsive Curricula in STEM. The conference will be held on Saturday, November 1, 2014 at Rhode Island College.

Keynote Speaker  Christopher Emdin Ph.D is a leading scholar in Urban Education.  He serves as Director of Science Education at the Center for Health Equity and Urban Science Education at Columbia University. He is author of the award winning book, Urban Science Education for the Hip-hop Generation.

The Promising Practices Conference at Rhode Island College will bring together a diverse audience to develop, share and promote cutting edge strategies for advancing equitable opportunities for youth in Rhode Island and Massachusetts.  The theme of this year’s conference is “STEM Education in Urban Environments.” Teacher candidates, social service providers, and school practitioners seek to broaden the appeal and engagement of youth in the STEM areas to a more diverse group of learners in and outside of class time.

Proposals address issues in urban education and innovative pedagogy in STEM through a variety of topics including social justice, youth development, health equity, economics, and career development. One or more of the following elements are included in proposal submissions:

  • Awareness:  correlating and addressing social issues and systems with outcomes in STEM education.
  • Confidence:  exploring issues of student/teacher identity, agency, and purpose.
  • Connections: exploring relationships between STEM and everyday life.
  • Creativity:  examining new approaches to engaging students, teachers and community in learning.

For more information, please contact either Stefan Battle ( or Antoinette Gomes (

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