Beyond reaching younger students, progress will also require curriculum be inclusive and representative. Some strategies include:
- Finding content that features the work of diverse people in the field
- Hosting all-female camps, clubs, or other learning experiences
- Bringing in diverse speakers, whether in person or through skype
- Taking students on field trips to local businesses.
Following these strategies will help overcome the representation divide in instructional content by promoting inclusivity throughout the learning experience.
Cultivating Inclusivity: Charleston County School District
Educator: John Patrick Shell
Position: Gateway to Technology instructor
District: Charleston County School District
Location: Charleston County, South Carolina
John Patrick Shell is an engineering teacher in CE Williams Middle School’s career readiness program. In this role, he endeavors to immerse students in real-world learning experiences, impart essential career-ready skills, and inspire students with the opportunities available within STEM. To make technology-based learning experiences more inclusive and ensure students can see themselves in the STEM field, he invites experts into class, takes students on field trips to regional businesses, and offers an all-female robotics camp. Read more about John Shell’s work.
“Students are able to use the technology to learn, create, and build. They use the technology to reach the highest level of Bloom’s Taxonomy. This experience redefines what students are able to see and do with technology in the classroom.”