Using Race-Visible Pedagogy to Disrupt Persistent Inequities in the STEM Education of African American Learners


Symposium to be Conducted at the

2019 NARST Annual Conference

Baltimore, MD

Tuesday, April 2, 2019 from 8:00-9:30am

Our goal in this symposium is to present race-visible pedagogy as one approach that positions science educators to bring awareness of social and political struggle into the classroom, and to avoid the race-neutral or race-evasive strategies that serve to normalize, make invisible, and perpetuate the dominance of whiteness. The enactment of race-visible pedagogies is an essentially political act that seeks to equip learners to identify, and disrupt the power imbalances that result in inequitable school outcomes. It includes deliberate engagement with the social, historical, and cultural realities that frame the lives of African American students.


Drawing from the mini-course format, this symposium is organized around seven discussion topics. Session participants should review topics of interest prior to the NARST conference. At the conference, participants will have opportunities to (a) engage in guided discussion around two of these topics, (b) develop deeper understandings of race-visible pedagogy, (c) share and receive strategies for applying race-visible pedagogy in both research and practice, and (d) connect with similarly situated science educators whose work touches on race-visible pedagogy.

  1. Gale Seiler
    Challenging Whiteness in Science Education

  2. Roni Ellington
    Toward a Transformative Framework for STEM Education: Achieving Equity through a Holistic Approach

  3. Jomo W. Mutegi
    Reconceptualizing Science Education for Learners of African Descent

  4. Jacqueline Leonard
    Broadening Millennials’ Participation in STEM and Teaching Professions through Culturally Relevant, Place-Based, Informal Science Internships


  5. Julius L. Davis
    Developing Pre-Service Mathematics Teachers to Meet the Needs of Black Male Students in Teacher Education Programs


  6. Vanessa Dodo Seriki
    Toward a Framework for Culturally Relevant Inquiry-based Science Pedagogy


  7. Felicia Moore Mensah
    Anti-Racist Curriculum and Pedagogies in Science Teacher Education