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Maker Ed Plenary: Making as a Tool of Social Justice

Saturday, October 20, 2018 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm EDT

Maker Ed

Presented by Kyle Cornforth, Maker Ed Executive Director; Dr. Kareem Edouard, Assistant Professor, Drexel School of Education, PA; Brandon Readus, Teacher, Albemarle County Public Schools, VA; Glennon Stratton, MakerSpace Program Manager, Portland Public Schools, OR; Lakeyshua Washington, Principal, Davis Middle School, CA; and Jerónimo Barrios Palacios Luna, Student, Boulder High School + BLDG 61, CO
Sponsored by Digital Promise and Maker Ed

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Tjis edWebinar on Maker Ed was live-streamed from the Maker Educator Convening at the Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose, California.

We believe that a movement for maker-centered learning can put into effect a transformation for teachers, students, and communities. We believe that making can be a tool to design for equity in learning environments and experiences. Drawing on themes from the keynote, this panel will bring together researchers, educators, and students to discuss the opportunities and challenges of creating maker programs that center on Equity, Accessibility, & Sustainability. We will also discuss tools for planning and promoting activities that can build collaborative community learning spaces.

The Maker Educator Convening is an annual gathering of the maker educator community. Maker education is a comprehensive educational approach that reflects and incorporates the diverse, complex, and ever-changing nature of our world; builds critical technical and social skills for students; and respects the individual and collective agency of all learners.

This recorded session will be of particular benefit to K-12 teachers, librarians, and school and district leaders.

About the Presenters

Kareen EdourardDr. Kareem Edouard is currently an assistant professor of learning technologies at Drexel University in Pennsylvania. His research interests lie in understanding the intersectionality of race and culture and STEM engagement for students of color. Dr. Edouard is a former high school teacher who engaged in bridging the digital divide and providing equal and equitable access to internet and computer technology to minority students. At Drexel his current research focuses on interest-based learning and the maker movement, where he is examining the nuances of race, gender, and equity, asking the important question, “who gets to be a maker?”

Dr. Edouard has previously researched the inclusion of culturally responsive elements in student-led digital book publishing and virtual reality digital curricula. Dr. Edouard believes in the importance of giving equitable support and access to underserved communities across all STEM fields and pathways. His goal is to engage and energize African American students to pursue STEM learning through culturally relevant informal STEM programs.

Brandon Readus Brandon Readus serves as a gifted resource teacher with Albemarle County Public Schools in Charlottesville, VA. At the core of his teaching philosophy is student-centered learning that builds on the cultural wealth of all students. He also facilitates workshops around culturally responsive pedagogy, equity, and diversity. Outside of teaching, Brandon enjoys traveling, dancing, and hosting parties.

Glenn Stratton Glennon Stratton is a project manager for Portland Public Schools in Oregon, where he has led the implementation of makerspace learning environments by partnering with architects for custom classroom design, curating professional development opportunities, and providing logistical support to staff members during all stages of adoption.

Prior to working for Portland Public Schools, Glennon provided program management to a diverse set of programs focused on ensuring youth have equitable access to learn, grow, and prosper at a variety of K–12 organizations, including the Colorado Charter School Institute, Denver Public Schools, Education Pioneers, and the Los Angeles Unified School District. He earned his Master of Business Administration and Bachelor of Arts in communication from the University of Southern California. In his spare time, he enjoys cooking, cycling, surfing, sailing, and snowboarding.

Lakeyshua WashingtonBorn and raised in Portland, Oregon, LaKeyshua Washington, moved to Long Beach, California upon completing her master’s degree in psychology at the University of Oregon in Eugene. During her time at the University of Oregon, she developed a passion for science. This passion led her to teach biology at Centennial High School in Compton, California. She honed her craft of teaching over the course of seven years. During that time, she was given numerous opportunities to develop her leadership skills. As she developed and coordinated various programs, her view of the educational system expanded. This lead her to pursue her administrative credential. She served as a high school assistant principal for seven years in Compton Unified School District. As she applied and developed her leadership skills, her view, once again, began to expand. She left Compton to serve as the principal of a charter high school in Los Angeles. This experience gave her new insight into leadership, as well as the charter world. After two years, she decided that she wanted to return to the unified school district setting. She is now embarking on her fourth year as Principal of Davis Middle School in Compton, California. Her vision is to create a school where student voice and choice are amplified and learning is fun and engaging. LaKeyshua loves to dance and cook. She also enjoys yoga, snowboarding, reading, and spending time with her friends and family.

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Maker Promise LogoThe Maker Promise is a campaign to equip more schools with the resources and support they need to provide quality maker learning experiences for their students. We are challenging school leaders, educators, and community advocates to sign the Promise, and commit to being a champion for making; supporting spaces to make and learn; and sharing and showcasing what students make.


Saturday, October 20, 2018
4:30 pm - 5:30 pm EDT
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