Jolita Benson Education Lecture
Looking in the mirror
How do we improve STEM teaching and learning in K-12?
The ninth annual Jolita Hylland Benson Education Lecture will be at 7 p.m. Monday, April 16 in the Regency Room of the Anderson University Center.
This year’s speaker will be Kirk Robbins. His lectures is titled “Looking in the Mirror: How Do We Improve STEM Teaching and Learning in K-12?”
In this interactive lecture, science education presenter Kirk Robbins will guide participants through a learning experience to consider each individual’s role in improving the learning of science in the K-12 education system. Participants will uncover and share their personal “science stories” and use those stories to define the K-12 system of science education both in and outside of school. Participants will uncover and share their personal “science stories” and use those stories to define the K-12 system of science education both in and outside of school. Participants will then use an equity and diversity lens to identify opportunities to change and disrupt the K-12 science education system in order to maximize student learning outcomes for students.
Robbins is a science education consultant and adjunct lecturer (University of Washington, Western Washington University, Central Washington University) in the Puget Sound Region. Robbins has a background as a lab technician with a degree in molecular biology and extensive experience in many levels of the education system. He has worked as a classroom teacher, regional science coordinator, district office science coordinator, supervisor of student interns, consultant, instructional coach, and advocate for science education reform.
Robbins shares science education resources through his blog, teachscience4all.org and he has developed a reputation as an engaging and effective presenter and professional development provider. Robbins is currently partnering with multiple school districts, Educational Service Districts, Pacific Education Institute, and the Puyallup Watershed Initiative to assist with implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards.
Speaker: Kirk Robbins
Time: 7 p.m.
Date: Monday, April 16
Place: Regency Room, Anderson University Center
Free and open to the public
Registration is encouraged, but not required. Registration will be available by March 19.
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In 2009, a gift from the Benson Family Foundation of Portland, Ore., created the Jolita Hylland Benson Endowed Chair in Elementary Education at PLU. The chair position is in honor of Jolita Benson’s tireless work as an educator. Dale and Jolita Benson, both attended PLU in the early 1960s.
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