Episode 18: Culturally Connected STEM Integration with Dr. Tiffany Powell


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Culturally connected instruction intentionally acknowledges the cultural realities of students and creates meaningful linkages between cultural perspectives and instructional practices, according to this week's renowned guest, Dr. Tiffany Powell.
While our conversation speaks to STEM integration, this episode is relevant to every educator who desires to create a culturally connected classroom. Dr. Tiff explains that the first step is "an inherent belief that all kids can be successful."
Check out these amazing Black American mathematicians and share their contributions with your students:
Dr. Shirley Jackson
Dr. Martha Euphemia Lofton-Haynes
Dr. Evelyn Boyd-Granville
Dr. Marjorie Lee Brown
Dr. Vivenne Malone-Mays
Dr. Gloria Ford Gilmer
Dr. Elbert Frank Cox
Benjamin Banneker
Clarence F. Stephens
and of course Katherine Johnson of NASA, whom we reference in this episode.
Additionally, visit "https://www.facebook.com/CompassionateEducation/" to see Dr. Tiff's list of "15 Books that Promote Mathematics Learning for Students in Grades K-6."
Tiffany S. Powell earned a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from Kansas State University, a MS from Hunter College and a BA from Hofstra University. Her background includes being an elementary classroom teacher and Mathematics Instructional Coach for the Department of Education in New York City. She championed issues for student diversity and inclusive practices as the Diversity Coordinator for the Manhattan-Ogden school district, in Manhattan, KS. During her tenure in the Esteves School of Education at The Sage Colleges, she was the director of the Help Yourself Academy (STEM program for elementary students), developed several courses, became the program director for Childhood Education and earned tenure and the rank of Associate Professor. She was the Project Manager for Teacher Professional Development at the Center of Initiatives in Pre College Education (CIPCE), at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and is currently the Director of the Arch Academic Programs at RPI. Her research focuses on STEM/STEAM professional development and she is active in her pursuit to continue to contribute to the professional community via publications, conference presentations, and facilitation of professional training in the local community and beyond. Dr. Powell is the Founder & CEO of DrTiffSpeaks”, an educational consulting agency, where she is actively providing consulting services for teachers, students and parents. Connect with her at https://www.facebook.com/teaching4all/.

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