From Standards to STEMpathy

Teachers' curricula often need to meet various educational standards, whether at the national, state, or district level. While these standards may seem restrictive while designing lesson plans that incorporate concepts of diversity, equity, and inclusion, we show how various frameworks make space for—and even encourage—STEMpathy. 

Charlotte Danielson’s “The Framework for Teaching Evaluation Instrument'' uses empirical studies and theoretical research to identify teachers’ responsibilities that improve student learning. The Danielson Framework opens opportunities to justify and promote DEI in the classroom. As such, DEI practices are not a burden to teachers, but tools to help them achieve their greatest potential as a professional.

The Danielson Framework

NGSS Disciplinary Core Ideas

A Framework for K-12 Science Education outlines four disciplinary core ideas that all students should be familiar with by the end of high school: Physical Sciences, Life Sciences, Earth and Space Sciences, and Engineering. The framework offers guiding questions for the fields’ core standards, as well as expected benchmarks for students of various grade levels. This guide condenses the information found in A Framework by highlighting the high school-gradeband endpoint for each standard. As students build this knowledge, we encourage educators to explore the ways in which they may tie in discussions on diversity, equity, and inclusion. By the end of 12th grade, educators will have thus equipped students with the tools to act with STEMpathy.