This faculty favorite has been upgraded for 2024 (formerly titled STEM Mini Course)!

The Journey from Mini to X: How ESCALA's STEM Course has Transformed Throughout the Years

ESCALA’s Culturally Responsive Teaching (CRT) in STEM Course was developed in late 2020 during the CoVID-19 pandemic to address HSI faculty’s expressed need to improve their competency and confidence in creating CRT STEM environments and to utilize culturally responsive pedagogies to boost Latinx/e students’ sense of belonging and persistence in STEM. The course designers are STEM practitioners in 2 and 4-year HSIs and collectively have experience in delivering faculty professional development to more than 400 STEM-HSI faculty from 30 different HSIs over the past 3 years. The course introduces culturally responsive teaching methods through anthropological and cognitive research including Choque (Rendon, 1994), teaching across cultural strengths (Chavez-Longerbeam, 2016), Utility-Value (Harackiewicz, 2016), validation theory (Rendon, 1994), and course data disaggregation. 

Course participants reflect on their own STEM identity and learn how their own cultural experiences are reflected in their reflect in learning spaces, methods to reduce equity gaps for Latinx students, such as practical culturally responsive examples and strategies for implementation in STEM courses, and methods to foster Latinx student STEM identity and belonging within their courses, and data analysis methods to assess student learning and foster STEM identity in their courses. Faculty are led by facilitators through practical CRT exercises using their teaching materials to facilitate the transfer of materials back into the classroom and promote changes in their curriculum.  

Apply Culturally Responsive Teaching (CRT) to create more inclusive and engaging STEM learning spaces for Latinx students by registering today!

Learning goals


Session 1 |Joining the ESCALA STEM Mini Comunidad

Session 2 | ​Culture matters in STEM: Identify your teaching values and their origins

Session 3 | ​​Validating language: How to apply mindset research to improve student resilience

Session 4 | Meaning and Utility Value: Increase Latinx and Hispanic student engagement in laboratory and research projects

Session 5 | Clarity and Deliberate Practice: Ensure your assessments measure mastery, not compliance

Session 6 | ​​Continue Your Research: Use disaggregated data and routine feedback from students to continuously improve 

Initially led as a synchronous course, there are now three different options to engage in the stem-x course!

Summer Vibes

Facilitator-led sessions are: 

June 4-7, 2024

4-day immersive 2-hour facilitator-led Zoom sessions. 

Morning cohort is 9:00-11:00 am PT

Afternoon cohort is 12:00-2:00 pm PT

Pre-work opens on May 24, 2024, and the course closes on June 21, 2024.

 Fall Fridays

Facilitator-led sessions are:

September 13-October 4, 2024

4 consecutive Fridays facilitator-led Zoom sessions. 

9:00-11:00 am PT

Pre-work opens on September 3, 2024,  and the course closes on October 18, 2024.

Winter Social

Self-paced sessions are:

February 23-April 5, 2024

January 3-February 28, 2025

8 weeks of asynchronous engagement with incorporated facilitator feedback.

 All course material will open on the start date and consist of weekly assignments using Canvas LMS.

REGISTRATION is $2,000 per person. 

(invoice or CC payment options available within form)

We are encouraging collective work in asynchronous spaces and offering our JUNTOS Deal! 

For every 5 registrations, get one free!

Lisa Petrov & Gina Garcia's mention of the ESCALA STEM Mini-Course!

Petrov, L. A., & Garcia, G. A. (2021). Becoming a racially just Hispanic-serving institution (HSI): Leveraging HSI grants for organizational identity change. Journal of Diversity in Higher Education, 14(4), 463–467.

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