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A New Resource for Science Teachers

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We are pleased to share with our learning communities a new publication from Dean Nancy Songer and co-author K. Whittington. Their evidence-based Taking Action! A Learning Approach that Empowers Youth to Generate Soltuions for Their Communities is an educator resource designed to help kids ages 10-18 evaluate and engineer solutions to local problems, whether that's monitoring emissions from garbage cans or creating filitration systems for potable water. The jobs of tomorrow will require strong STEM skillsets, interdisciplinary action, and  applied knowledge. Taking Action! is an eco-solutions learning approach that engages students in scientific investigation and applied knowledge through the design and engineering of solutions. This step-by-step resource is free and available to our teachers educating youth in STEM. 

This project was made possible with funding from the National Science Foundation. You can learn more about eco-solutioning and Dean Songer's work by visiting Life Right Here and Everywhere and Training a New Generation of Problem Solvers.

Creating a learning environment that fosters discovery and dissemination of knowledge to promote learning, equitable access, and enhanced learning outcomes for all students


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Joan and Loki Mulholland

February 13 civil rights icon Joan Trumpauer Mulholland, together with filmmaker Loki Mulholland, presented The Uncomfortable Truth. Using clips from the 2017 documentary with the same name, the Mulholland’s spoke about the ways in which racism continues to organize life in the United States.

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Max Felker-Kantor


March 5 American historian Dr. Max Felker-Kantor explained how the Los Angeles Police Department, faced with restrictions on its discretionary authority during the late 1950s and 1960s, sought to expand its power. Referencing his book Policing Los Angeles: Race, Resistance, and the Rise of the LAPD, Kantor’s research shows us how historical events connect with what we are seeing with today’s school-to-prison pipeline.

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Benjamin Crump


March 26 Benjamin Crump, attorney at law, spoke to Using the Law as a Weapon. Mr. Crump shared his experiences with the “intellectual justification of discrimination” and highlighted examples of how the law has been used as a weapon again African Americans throughout history. Mr. Crump advised we must work through both education and economic channels to achieve change and equality as one cannot progress without the other.

Alumni, Emeriti, and Friends

Julia L. Cook "In order to teach a child, you must enter their view of the world." Julia often used children's books to enhance her classroom lessons. She is now well-recognized as a national award-winning children's book author. The goal behind all of Julia's books and efforts is to actively involve young people into her fun and creative stories and teach them to become "better."

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Last Updated: 12/12/22