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Creating Inclusive Science Classrooms that Give Voice to All Students

Thursday, April 21, 2022 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT

Creating Inclusive Science Classrooms that Give Voice to All Students

Presented by Shay Fairchild, Teacher on Special Assignment, Science and Computer Science, Norwalk La Mirada Unified School District (CA); and Jim Clark, Director, Next Gen Science Innovations
Moderated by Paul Berry, General Manager, U.S. Business, Kognity

Sponsored by Kognity for NGSS

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In order for students to engage in three-dimensional, phenomena-based lessons, we need a fourth dimension: a strong sense of belonging. Most of the time our ethos is known but not spoken. In this edWebinar, we explore science activities that will allow you to co-create a class ethos with your students that positions all learners as valuable members of the class, to feel a sense of belonging and become active participants in their own learning.

Together we investigate ways to shift student status and create a space where all students are welcomed in the learning process. Viewers leave with strategies they can use in their own classes immediately and an action plan to continue to develop a sense of belonging for a more inclusive science classroom.

This recorded edWebinar is of interest to high school teachers and school and district leaders.


​​Shay FairchildAbout the Presenters

​​Shay Fairchild is a Teacher on Special Assignment, supporting TK-12 science and computer science for the Norwalk La Mirada USD. She currently supports districtwide professional development for teacher and leadership teams. She recently completed a four-year term as a commissioner with the Instructional Quality Commission advising the State Board of Education for California with Standards, Frameworks and K-8 material adoptions. She supports the statewide implementation of NGSS, the Community of Practice for Science, and is a consultant with several educational programs. She taught elementary and middle school for nine years prior to her current role at the district. She was involved in many different professional development opportunities, NASA Data Institute, Zero-G Weightless Flight, cyberinfrastructure with Virginia Tech (three years), and was an NSTA Fellow. Her past work history, amongst others, includes a seven-year science industry experience working at a Level 1 trauma/research hospital.


Jim ClarkJim Clark was the district science coordinator for California’s San Lorenzo Unified School District, responsible for overseeing the implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). He taught biology, AP biology and honors anatomy and physiology at Arroyo High School in the San Lorenzo Unified School District for 32 years. Jim also served as a curriculum and classroom specialist for the Knowles Science Teachers’ Foundation. He is currently a lead writer for California NGSS rollouts and is working with Howard Hughes Medical Institute on curriculum development and delivering professional development.

Among many other achievements, Jim earned international recognition for his work around growth mindset and classroom culture through KQED Mindshift. He provides professional development, instructional coaching and keynote speeches across the country. Jim is the founder of Next Generation Science Innovations (NGSI), a partnership designed to provide professional development to districts as they move toward full implementation of the NGSS.



Paul BerryAbout the Moderator

Paul Berry has spent 30 years in the technology industry bringing new products and solutions to global markets. He is currently General Manager (U.S.) for Kognity, working to solve some of the key challenges faced by educators across the country by bringing Kognity’s new U.S. high school teaching and learning platform into the classroom.

Paul has previously run his own business, imaginari Ltd., where he focused on helping technology companies, and in particular education-focused businesses, design and implement robust go-to-market strategy and execution, either new products, market diversification or international expansion. Among many prior roles, Paul was Commercial Director for Obeikan Education in Saudi Arabia, a role that followed six years at Promethean PLC where he undertook the roles of UK Managing Director, President EMEA and Chief Marketing Officer, the latter based in the United States.


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Thursday, April 21, 2022
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT
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