TERC Hosts Indigenous Education Conference

February 13, 2008

 

Scholars, students, and leaders in Indian Country gathered at TERC for the Indigenous Ways of Knowing and STEM Education conference to focus on current issues and understandings of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education for Native students. Improving student achievement in STEM, and increasing representation of Indigenous people in STEM fields, are critical concerns for Indigenous communities.

The meeting includes more than a dozen speakers, plus keynote addresses by Gregory Cajete (University of New Mexico), Oscar Kawagley (University of Alaska, Fairbanks), and Daniel Wildcat (Haskell Indian Nations University). The four panel discussion cover topics from cultural expectations, to relationships between industry, tribal governments, and education.

The conference is funded by the National Science Foundation and organized by TERC researcher Megan Bang in collaboration with the American Indian Center of Chicago, and the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES). The conference is hosted by TERC on February 13, and by Harvard University on February 14.