Riverways Education Partnerships

EDUC 401 F: Racial Equity in STEM Teaching

  • Date: Tuesday
  • Time: 4:00 PM – 5:20 PM
  • Location: MEB 243
  • SLN: 14475
  • Facilitator: Tafari Clarke James, tafarij@uw.edu

In this seminar, we will explore STEM Education as a tool of social justice and examining artifacts of product, process and knowledge. STEM education has become a mainstream topic and an area of consistent investment in K-12 education. As a result of this investment products, process or activities and knowledge are capital in STEM education, yet this does not always amplify social justice values. In this course we’ll examine STEM as a tool of social justice and critique the products, process/activities and knowledge through that lens.

The goals for this seminar are to:

1.    Examine our experiences when tutoring math and science in the Seattle Public Schools, considering the consequences and meanings for our students, teachers, and ourselves.

2.    Explore STEM education as a tool of social justice.

3.    Identify the ways in which STEM education is leveraged as a process, product and knowledge that align or misalign with social justice values.

For EDUC 401 seminars, the number of credits a student receives depends on the number of tutoring hours completed in addition to seminar attendance. Seminars are Credit/No Credit, and are I&S credits. Credit and tutoring requirements are as follows:

  • 1-3 credits*: 20 hours of tutoring over the quarter
  • 4 credits: 40 hours of tutoring over the quarter
  • 5 credits: 60 hours of tutoring over the quarter
  • 6 credits**: 80 hours of tutoring over the quarter

A student may opt to register for 1 or 2 credits if it means avoiding an additional registration fee. ** If a student would like to register for more than 6 credits, they should email riverways@uw.edu with the request.

Current EDUC 401 Students: Need to change the number of credits for your seminar? Riverways staff can help you do this for free. Please email riverways@uw.edu before Friday of Week 7.