On Campus Event: Chris Emdin: “What it Takes To Be a Scientist: Employing Reality Pedagogy To Transform Schools and Society”, Thurs. 3/30 7PM

“What it Takes To Be a Scientist: Employing Reality Pedagogy To Transform Schools and Society”

March 30, 2017 | 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM | Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

Chris Emdin explores participation and engagement in STEM fields and the ways that the education culture tracks students out of success in these disciplines. He uncovers reasons for youth disinterest in school and the STEM disciplines and how we can look for new educational approaches that foster participation and engagement in STEM without sacrificing rigor and content.

To address these issues, Emdin developed ‘Reality Pedagogy’, an approach to teaching and learning that provides educators with seven practical tools for improving their practice. The tools of Reality Pedagogy are designed to support STEM educators across ANY discipline in becoming more effective in transforming their classroom, and are the pillars of Edmin’s newest book, For White Folks Who Teach In The Hood and the Rest of Y’all Too.

Emdin explores what it takes to be a scientist, how educators, parents, and the general public can hone those skills in youth, and why we have no choice but to re-focus on creating a new STEM generation.

Emdin is an associate professor in the department of mathematics, science and technology at Teachers College, Columbia University, where he also serves as director of science education at the Center for Health Equity and Urban Science Education. He holds a PhD in urban education with a concentration in mathematics, science, and technology; master’™s degrees in both natural sciences and education administration, and bachelor’s degrees in physical anthropology, biology, and chemistry.

Sponsored by the Brodie Family Lecture Fund. Co-sponsored with the Center for Learning and Teaching, McKeen Center for the Common Good, Departments of Chemistry, Math, and Earth and Oceanographic Science, the Environmental Studies Program, and the Student Center for Multicultural Life.

Open to the public and free of charge.