Episode 067: Stem 4 Real with Dr. Leena Bakshi Ed.D


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Meet executive director of Stem 4 Real, Dr. Leena Bakshi. She shares with us the growth of Stem 4 Real and the important services they provide, “we realized also that in order for us to really be part of a movement, we wanted to take on professional learning, teacher training school systems, and really look at it in terms of how can we combine instructional curriculum materials, pedagogy, in a way that looks at the intersection of equity and social justice and then robust STEM education at the same time.” Her energy and passion for her work shines through. Be sure to check out the shownotes, and follow Leena on Twitter.

Dr. Bakshi will also be presenting at NSTA in April. Check out the links below for more details. 

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Show Highlights

  • 01:30 - 03:30     Introduction to Leena and Stem 4 Real
  • 03:30 - 12:30     Practical ways to make your classroom more equitable 
  • 12:30 - 15:00     Resources to bring more voices into the classroom
  • 15:00 - 18:00     NGSS and equity
  • 18:00 - 19:30     Implicit bias in the classroom
  • 19:30 - 29:30     Stem 4 Real's services and offerings
  • 29:30 - 35:30     Additional resources for teachers interested in equity

 Show Quotes 

"We have this sort of phenomena-based instruction and phenomena that's driving our instruction, so we wanted to take it a step further and lobby for culturally responsive phenomena or culturally relevant phenomena that can spark that curiosity and spark that connection to the community and to culture and to a student's identity; so that they can not only look at something's that's cool, they can also look at something where they actually want to do something about it. There's that civic engagement and societal connection." [3:35-4:10] Dr. Leena Bakshi

"Every school is different. Just like we have differentiated instruction for our students, we have differentiated PD [professional development] for our schools. It's so important to really meet our schools and our clients where they're at to give them that individualized feel that they're learning for them. We want to fit into their initiatives and their visions but also create space for that NGSS implementation and alignment also." [22:10-22:35] Dr. Leena Bakshi



  • https://www.tolerance.org/

  • https://www.tolerance.org/frameworks/social-justice-standards

  • Stem 4 Real: www.stem4real.org

  • On Twitter: @Leena219 @STEM4Real

  • Going to NSTA Conference in Boston (April 2020)? 

    Check out Dr.Bakshi’s session:

    NSELA-Sponsored Session: All Standards, All Students, Equity in the Science Classroom 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM Room: Faneuil, The Westin Boston Waterfront

    #allstandardsallstudents is of paramount importance in the Next Generation Science Standards. Join us as we analyze current systems of inequity in schools, reflect on implicit bias that affects student outcomes, and discuss key instructional strategies for every student, including our most vulnerable student populations.

    Session Type: Hands-On Workshop


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