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PFC Workshop: Teaching Diverse Learners: Strategies to Promote Access for All Students

This event is part of series:

May 22, 2018 - 4:30pm to 6:15pm
Lathrop 282
Kimberly Tanner, SEPAL Lab, SFSU

In this interactive workshop, Teaching Diverse Learners: Strategies to Promote Access for All Students, you will participate in a common experience as the basis for discussing how some students may experience science learning environments differently from one another. You will become aware of inequities in science classrooms and explore strategies to promote access for all students.

Individual participants will then have the opportunity to self-assess their current awareness of twenty common equitable teaching strategies and identify those that could be immediately implemented in their classrooms, laboratories, group meetings, or other professional settings to promote fairness and increase access to science learning for all students.

NOTE: This workshop is being offered as part of the EDUC 343C Preparing for Faculty Careers course. This session, co-sponsored by the Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning and the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs, is open to all Stanford graduate students, postdoctoral scholars, faculty, and staff.

Speaker Information

Dr. Kimberly Tanner is a tenured faculty member in Biology at San Francisco State University. She directs SEPAL, the Science Education Partnership and Assessment Laboratory, which is focused on understanding how people learn science, especially biology.  Her research in biology education holds the promise of revealing insights into preconceptions and misconceptions in biology that can guide strategies for curriculum improvement and teaching reform.

Trained as a neuroscientist, Dr. Tanner received her PhD from the University of California, San Francisco in 1997; was awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) Postdoctoral Fellowship in Science Education (PFSMETE) from 1998-2000; and was a Senior Academic Coordinator at the UCSF Science & Health Education Partnership (SEP) from 2000-2004.

Dr. Tanner has been nationally recognized for both her research and her teaching in biology.  Her most recent awards include being named the 2011-12 Outstanding Undergraduate Science Teacher Award by the Society for College Science Teachers and recently being elected a Fellow to the California Academy of Sciences. She has been Principal Investigator on NSF-funded GK-12, TUES, and CAREER awards, as well on a National Institutes of Health Science Education Partnership award and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Undergraduate Science Education Award.