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ASP2021: A Virtual Conference

ASP2021: A Virtual Conference
Preliminary Schedule

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    10:50 AM - 11:40 AM: Concurrent Session 10C: 10:50 am PST (1:50 pm EST)
    Technology to Scale Up Diversity in K-12 Astronomy Education
    Conference Strand: Advancing Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Access & Social Justice
    Carmen Fies, Univ. of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA)
    Chris Packham, UTSA
    Abstract of Session/Presentation: The San Antonio Teacher Training Astronomy Academy (SATTAA) completed its fourth annual iteration in June 2021. While the program began as a face-to-face professional development opportunity for future and current school teachers, it transitioned to a fully online opportunity in 2020. In our efforts to offer an astronomy education program that is inclusive and particularly attentive to highly diverse populations, the transition to online programming became a core aspect of scaling up the program. The 2021 iteration featured an international facilitation team, and, for the first time, supported teachers from across the State of Texas.

    1. Facilitation Team: International experts from Spain, Chile, and Mexico facilitated sessions, exemplifying the international nature of astrophysics as direct experience in a teacher professional development program.

    2. Participants: Teachers from school districts spanning Texas east-to-west and north-to-south joined SATTAA2021. They teach at urban and rural schools, and in mostly less affluent districts.
    Our goals for the session are to (1) share process and outcome data on how the facilitation team transitioned from a local to an international group, and on how the participant pool expanded from local to state-wide; and (2) engage with astronomy educators who either already offer, or consider to develop and offer, similar programs.

    Throughout this interactive session we invite participants to join the conversation through voice or chat contributions, as well as to participate in breakout room discussions intended to support an exchange of ideas. Following small group interactions, the discussion will return to whole group exploration of audience perspectives and of potential collaborations.