24 episodes

STEM4Real is a nonprofit professional learning organization committed to making STEM “4Real” for educators across the globe. “4Real” means to combine high caliber STEM and NGSS standards-based content learning & leadership with principles of equity & social justice, while engaging ALL students to see the civil importance of STEM to solve problems of today for a better tomorrow. We will collaborate with educators & activists that are using a racial & social justice lens when leading high quality STEM instruction & will address tough topics like implicit bias and race in the STEM classroom.

Teaching STEM #4Real Dr. Leena Bakshi McLean

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STEM4Real is a nonprofit professional learning organization committed to making STEM “4Real” for educators across the globe. “4Real” means to combine high caliber STEM and NGSS standards-based content learning & leadership with principles of equity & social justice, while engaging ALL students to see the civil importance of STEM to solve problems of today for a better tomorrow. We will collaborate with educators & activists that are using a racial & social justice lens when leading high quality STEM instruction & will address tough topics like implicit bias and race in the STEM classroom.

    Special Education And Inclusion In STEM

    Special Education And Inclusion In STEM

    Welcome to another episode of the Teaching STEM #4Real podcast! In this episode, we are excited to speak with Beth Lakretz, Executive Director and Founder of Lakretz Creative Support Services. 



    Beth has over 30 years of experience supporting the inclusion of students with disabilities in general education settings. She started her career as a special education teacher and consultant before founding her own organization focused on inclusive education.



    In this conversation, Beth unpacks key issues around inclusion and special education:



    - The difference between inclusion and co-teaching models

    - Barriers to full inclusion of students with more significant disabilities 

    - The problem with the "continuum of services" approach

    - Overrepresentation of students of color in special education

    - The need for teachers AND administrators to shift mindsets around disability and belonging



    Some key insights from Beth:



    - Inclusion is a philosophy that all students belong and can learn together in general ed classrooms. Co-teaching is just one service delivery model.



    - The "least restrictive environment" clause actually prohibits full inclusion by offering more segregated options when teams struggle.



    - Implicit biases about disability lead to lower expectations and removal of students to separate classrooms.  



    - Preservice teacher training lacks depth in special ed and inclusive instructional approaches.



    - Systems change requires both philosophical shifts AND practical coaching around inclusive instruction.



    This conversation brings so much richness and nuance around moving toward more inclusive models. Beth shares touching stories of students from her 30+ years in the field.



    To learn more about Beth's organization, visit www.lakretz.com.



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    “This is a great show for educators in STEM! Love Leena’s perspective on creating equitable classroom environments for STEM and the guests are always spot on!” – If that sounds like you, please consider rating and reviewing our show! This helps us support more people — just like you — move toward creating access and equity in STEM, #4Real. Click here, scroll to the bottom, tap to rate with five stars, and select “Write a Review.” Then be sure to let me know what you loved most about the episode! You can also rate the show on Spotify here: https://open.spotify.com/show/7CsBVUpmzwgvNsSYkWcJ4C 

    Also, if you haven’t done so already, follow the podcast here: Follow now!Teaching STEM #4Real is a podcast dedicated to #4Real conversations on educational equity in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education hosted by Dr. Leena Bakshi McLean. If you’re interested in exploring what anti-racism and socially just instruction looks like in our classrooms, schools, and beyond, you are in the right place. Dr. Bakshi is also the founder of the non-profit, STEM4Real. Please visit our website for information on how to partner with us. Thank you for helping us make STEM, #4Real.

    • 41 min
    23. Ambitious Science Teaching, with Dr. Mark Windschitl

    23. Ambitious Science Teaching, with Dr. Mark Windschitl

    Welcome to the first episode of season three of Teaching STEM #4Real! We are thrilled to be kicking off a new season with Dr. Mark Windschitl.



    Dr. Mark Windschitl is a professor of Science Teaching and Learning at the University of Washington. His research interests deal with the early career development of science teachers—in particular, their trajectories toward ambitious and equitable pedagogy. He is the lead author of Ambitious Science Teaching (Harvard Ed Press), along with Jessica Thompson and Melissa Braaten.I personally use this text as the framework for my pre-service teaching classes. His new book on teaching climate change will be coming out in the spring of 2023, and is titled A Primer on Climate Change: Teaching for Understanding, Resilience, and Justice. 



    Dr. Windschitl is a recipient of the AERA Presidential Award for Best Review of Research and has recently worked with Urban Advantage in New York City, supporting efforts to use Ambitious Science Teaching in places like The American Museum of Natural History, The Bronx Zoo, Brooklyn Botanical Garden, New York Hall of Science, and The Staten Island Zoo. 

    In this episode, Mark will talk to us about how his journey as an educator, what sparked the creation of Ambitious Science Teaching, and why it’s framework is so impactful in any classroom. We are about to hear straight from science education royalty! Let’s go! 

    Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mark-windschitl-45a93711 

    Twitter: MarkWindschitl



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    “This is a great show for educators in STEM! Love Leena’s perspective on creating equitable classroom environments for STEM and the guests are always spot on!” – If that sounds like you, ⁠⁠please consider rating and reviewing our show⁠⁠! This helps us support more people — just like you — move toward creating access and equity in STEM, #4Real. ⁠⁠Click here⁠⁠, scroll to the bottom, tap to rate with five stars, and select “Write a Review.” Then be sure to let me know what you loved most about the episode! You can also rate the show on Spotify here: ⁠⁠https://open.spotify.com/show/7CsBVUpmzwgvNsSYkWcJ4C⁠⁠ 

    Also, if you haven’t done so already, follow the podcast here: ⁠⁠Follow now⁠⁠!

    Teaching STEM #4Real is a podcast dedicated to #4Real conversations on educational equity in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education hosted by Dr. Leena Bakshi McLean. If you’re interested in exploring what anti-racism and socially just instruction looks like in our classrooms, schools, and beyond, you are in the right place. Dr. Bakshi is also the founder of the non-profit,⁠⁠ STEM4Real⁠⁠. Please visit our⁠⁠ website⁠⁠ for information on how to partner with us. Thank you for helping us make STEM, #4Real.

    • 53 min
    22.. Measuring Discourse in STEM with TeachFX

    22.. Measuring Discourse in STEM with TeachFX

    Welcome back to the season two finale of Teaching STEM #4Real! Today, we are thrilled to be joined by Resego Mooki!

    Resego is a former middle school teacher in Los Angeles, where she taught and shared her love for science. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Public Health-Global Health from the University of Washington and holds a Masters in Education from Loyola Marymount University. Currently, she works at TeachFX where she continues to make a tangible impact on expanding educational equity by empowering teachers to foster deeper learning through meaningful, equitable, conversational classrooms using AI technology.

    In this episode, Resego will talk to us about how she got into teaching, identity and belonging in STEM, and what TeachFX is working toward. We’ll also discuss how vulnerable it is for teachers to open up their classroom to critique but also how important it is to do so in order to increase student speaking. Last but not least, Resego will chat with us about the steps TeachFX helps teachers take to improve student participation, other uses of TeachFX, and how she would navigate some of the systems blocking change. Keep listening to hear more!

    Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/resegomooki/

    Twitter: MookiResego



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    “This is a great show for educators in STEM! Love Leena’s perspective on creating equitable classroom environments for STEM and the guests are always spot on!” – If that sounds like you, ⁠⁠please consider rating and reviewing our show⁠⁠! This helps us support more people — just like you — move toward creating access and equity in STEM, #4Real. ⁠⁠Click here⁠⁠, scroll to the bottom, tap to rate with five stars, and select “Write a Review.” Then be sure to let me know what you loved most about the episode! You can also rate the show on Spotify here: ⁠⁠https://open.spotify.com/show/7CsBVUpmzwgvNsSYkWcJ4C⁠⁠ 

    Also, if you haven’t done so already, follow the podcast here: ⁠⁠Follow now⁠⁠!

    Teaching STEM #4Real is a podcast dedicated to #4Real conversations on educational equity in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education hosted by Dr. Leena Bakshi McLean. If you’re interested in exploring what anti-racism and socially just instruction looks like in our classrooms, schools, and beyond, you are in the right place. Dr. Bakshi is also the founder of the non-profit,⁠⁠ STEM4Real⁠⁠. Please visit our⁠⁠ website⁠⁠ for information on how to partner with us. Thank you for helping us make STEM, #4Real.

    • 43 min
    21. A Superintendent's Plan for STEM Implemenation

    21. A Superintendent's Plan for STEM Implemenation

    Welcome back for another exciting episode of Teaching STEM #4Real! Today we are thrilled to be joined by Dr. Neil Gupta, superintendent of Oakwood School District in Oakwood, Ohio.



    Dr. Gupta has over 25 years of experience in education, starting as a high school math teacher and later serving as an assistant principal, curriculum director, and superintendent. He is passionate about educational leadership, coaching administrators, developing improvement systems, and supporting the whole child.



    In this episode, Dr. Gupta shares insights from his unique bird's eye view of the education system. We discuss challenges around creating interdisciplinary learning opportunities, equity and access in STEM, the school-to-STEM career pipeline, and much more.



    A few key takeaways:




    On creating interdisciplinary learning: Collaboration across subjects helps students develop thinking dispositions and apply their learning to real-world contexts. Leaders must give teachers permission to teach across disciplines.


    On diversity in STEM: Assume that all students have potential for STEM. Survey students on why they do or don't take certain classes. Give student groups autonomy to lead STEM initiatives, rather than running them top-down.


    On implicit biases: Reflect critically on who is represented in your classroom - posters, quotes, guest speakers. This helps all students envision themselves pursuing STEM careers.


    On systemic change: You can't do it alone. Rally a coalition of educators, students, and community members to drive transformation.



    Get ready for an insightful discussion on the state of STEM education!



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    “This is a great show for educators in STEM! Love Leena’s perspective on creating equitable classroom environments for STEM and the guests are always spot on!” – If that sounds like you, please consider rating and reviewing our show! This helps us support more people — just like you — move toward creating access and equity in STEM, #4Real. Click here, scroll to the bottom, tap to rate with five stars, and select “Write a Review.” Then be sure to let me know what you loved most about the episode! You can also rate the show on Spotify here: https://open.spotify.com/show/7CsBVUpmzwgvNsSYkWcJ4C 

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    Teaching STEM #4Real is a podcast dedicated to #4Real conversations on educational equity in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education hosted by Dr. Leena Bakshi McLean. If you’re interested in exploring what anti-racism and socially just instruction looks like in our classrooms, schools, and beyond, you are in the right place. Dr. Bakshi is also the founder of the non-profit, STEM4Real. Please visit our website for information on how to partner with us. Thank you for helping us make STEM, #4Real.

    • 32 min
    20. Principals and Administrators in STEM, #4Real

    20. Principals and Administrators in STEM, #4Real

    Welcome back to season three of Teaching STEM #4Real! Today, we are pleased to introduce Samantha Stickley and Nicky Scott to the podcast!



    Samantha Stickley is an accomplished seventh grade science teacher within the San Marcos Unified School District, where she plays a pivotal role not only in the classroom but also as a department chair and mentor teacher. Samantha is particularly dedicated to promoting equitable size, education and grading practices. She strives to create a classroom environment that fosters inclusivity, ensuring that every student has the opportunity to excel in the fields of science. Samantha is a recognized leader in science ed and and a finalist for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching.



    Nicky Scott is the principal we all wish we had as a teacher. She is supportive, genuine, and willing to learn alongside you. As a woman of color, she grew up in an educational system that was not always understanding or forgiving. As a child, she knew that the rules were unfair, but from a child's perspective, her frustrations and words remained unheard. It wasn't until she became part of a system that she began to witness the immediate urgency for systemic change.

    In this episode we will listen in on how these two forces come together for transformative change in science and education. Keep listening to learn more from this dynamic duo!



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    “This is a great show for educators in STEM! Love Leena’s perspective on creating equitable classroom environments for STEM and the guests are always spot on!” – If that sounds like you, ⁠⁠please consider rating and reviewing our show⁠⁠! This helps us support more people — just like you — move toward creating access and equity in STEM, #4Real. ⁠⁠Click here⁠⁠, scroll to the bottom, tap to rate with five stars, and select “Write a Review.” Then be sure to let me know what you loved most about the episode! You can also rate the show on Spotify here: ⁠⁠https://open.spotify.com/show/7CsBVUpmzwgvNsSYkWcJ4C⁠⁠ 

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    Teaching STEM #4Real is a podcast dedicated to #4Real conversations on educational equity in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education hosted by Dr. Leena Bakshi McLean. If you’re interested in exploring what anti-racism and socially just instruction looks like in our classrooms, schools, and beyond, you are in the right place. Dr. Bakshi is also the founder of the non-profit,⁠⁠ STEM4Real⁠⁠. Please visit our⁠⁠ website⁠⁠ for information on how to partner with us. Thank you for helping us make STEM, #4Real.

    • 52 min
    19. Youth Action in STEM, With Dr. Lindsay Lyons

    19. Youth Action in STEM, With Dr. Lindsay Lyons

    Welcome back to season two of Teaching STEM #4Real! Today, we are pleased to introduce Lindsay Lyons to the podcast!

    Lindsay Lyons is an educational justice coach who helps schools and districts co-create feminist, antiracist curricula that challenges, affirms, and inspires all students. A former New York City public school teacher, she holds a PhD in Leadership and Change, and is the founder of the blog and podcast, Time for Teachership. She believes the secret sauce of educational equity is student voice. Let’s embrace this Teachership! 

    In this episode, Dr. Lindsay will share her journey to education, how she came to co-create and teach a feminism course, and how we can continue co-creating curricula with students. We’ll also discuss how Dr. Lindsay’s students performed in this co-created class, the idea of getting rid of the traditional, and how teachers can realistically do so in their classrooms. Last but not least, Dr. Lindsay will talk about her forms of assessment, her thoughts on how often teachers should implement civic action assignments, and whether a student’s age plays a factor in participating in these civic action assignments. Keep listening to learn more from Dr. Lindsay!

    Link to Episode Freebies: https://extras.lindsaybethlyons.com/stem4real



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    “This is a great show for educators in STEM! Love Leena’s perspective on creating equitable classroom environments for STEM and the guests are always spot on!” – If that sounds like you, ⁠⁠please consider rating and reviewing our show⁠⁠! This helps us support more people — just like you — move toward creating access and equity in STEM, #4Real. ⁠⁠Click here⁠⁠, scroll to the bottom, tap to rate with five stars, and select “Write a Review.” Then be sure to let me know what you loved most about the episode! You can also rate the show on Spotify here: ⁠⁠https://open.spotify.com/show/7CsBVUpmzwgvNsSYkWcJ4C⁠⁠ 

    Also, if you haven’t done so already, follow the podcast here: ⁠⁠Follow now⁠⁠!

    Teaching STEM #4Real is a podcast dedicated to #4Real conversations on educational equity in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education hosted by Dr. Leena Bakshi McLean. If you’re interested in exploring what anti-racism and socially just instruction looks like in our classrooms, schools, and beyond, you are in the right place. Dr. Bakshi is also the founder of the non-profit,⁠⁠ STEM4Real⁠⁠. Please visit our⁠⁠ website⁠⁠ for information on how to partner with us. Thank you for helping us make STEM, #4Real.

    • 47 min

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