Friday Research Talk Spring Conference
On April 16, 2021, the Caruth Institute for Engineering Education sponsored their Friday Research Talk Spring Conference, which focused on SMU’s West Dallas STEM School Project. The morning session of the conference featured Dr. Jean Moon, a noted science educator at the Tidewater Institute, whose lecture was titled Situating Interactional Learning and Student Agency. Following Dr. Moon’s presentation, West Dallas STEM School Project Coordinator Katrina Martinez and Dean Stephanie Knight of the Simmons School of Education and Human Development presented on Intersectionality of Agency and Voice: Envisioning/Designing a Model STEM School. The final morning session featured Drs. Annie Wilhelm and Amy Richardson of the Department of Teaching and Learning in the Simmons School and Dr. Dana Gray of The Budd Center in the Simmons School, who presented on Continuous Improvement & West Dallas STEM School Professional Learning. A recording of the morning session can be accessed below.
The afternoon session of the conference showcased Dr. David Stroupe of Michigan State University, who presented on Promoting Epistemic Agency in Science Classrooms. Dr. Stroupe was followed by Drs. Quentin Sedlacek of the Department of Teaching and Learning and Jamie Gravell, a West Dallas STEM School Postdoctoral Fellow, who presented on A Shared Vision: Applications of West Dallas STEM School Instructional Vision and Learner Profile. The afternoon session concluded with a presentation by CIEE Executive Director Dr. Richard Duschl and Dr. Tony Petrosino of the Department of Teaching and Learning, who presented on Designing Thinking Learning Environments. Special thanks goes to Eva Bernal of The Budd Center who helped facilitate the meeting and provided technology assistance before, during, and after the conference. A recording of the afternoon session can be accessed below.