News 2020: UMass Dartmouth professor featured in National Science Foundation virtual showcase
UMass Dartmouth professor featured in National Science Foundation virtual showcase

Dr. Shakhnoza Kayumova and “STEAM Your Way 2 College” program in the spotlight

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UMass Dartmouth Associate Professor Shakhnoza Kayumova, who teaches in the STEM Education & Teacher Development department, will be featured in the 2020 STEM for All Video Showcase funded by the National Science Foundation. The event will be held online on May 5-12 and can be found on the STEM for All website.

The presentation, entitled “STEAM Your Way 2 College”, looks at the partnership between the New Bedford and Fall River Public School Districts and the design of a longitudinal, robust science program that explicitly positions emergent bilingual/multilingual students (whose home and community language is other than English) as cognitively advantaged in science learning. The study looked at how this contributed to the students’ positive science and language identity development. This is the first year Kayumova has participated in this event and her presentation can be found here. The project was funded by the National Science Foundation.

“This study shows the importance of an anti-deficit approach towards teaching and learning science and how cultural and linguistic diversity of students’ identity backgrounds serve as strengths in their science engagement,” says Associate Professor Shakhnoza Kayumova, STEM Education & Teacher Development department at UMass Dartmouth.

Now in its sixth year, the annual showcase will feature over 170 innovative projects aimed at improving STEM learning and teaching, which have been funded by the National Science Foundation and other federal agencies. During the week-long event, researchers, practitioners, policymakers, and members of the public are invited to view the short videos, discuss them with the presenters online, and vote for their favorites.

The theme for this year’s event is “Learning from Research and Practice.” Video presentations address improving K-12 STEM classrooms, informal environments, undergraduate and graduate education, teacher professional development, and community engagement. Collectively the presentations cover a broad range of topics including science, mathematics, computer science, engineering, cyberlearning, citizen science, maker spaces, broadening participation, research experiences, mentoring, professional development, NGSS, and the Common Core.

Last year’s STEM for All Video Showcase is still being accessed, and to date has had over 76,000 unique visitors from 181 countries. The STEM for All Video Showcase is hosted by TERC, in partnership with: STEMTLnet, CADRE, CAISE, CIRCL, STELAR, CS for All Teachers, NARST, NCTM, NSTA, NSF INCLUDES, and QEM. The Showcase is funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation (#1922641).