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Workshop: Navigating the Hidden Curriculum in STEM

Event Details

February 14, 2019
11:30 am-1:00 pm

Campus Center

Room: 165-69

UMass Amherst Campus

Handicap access available
Free admission
Kirsten Helmer

International faculty and students navigating the hidden curriculum in STEM 

What do students learn in university classes that professors apparently don't teach in an explicit form? What do professors teach without being aware of? In this seminar, we will explore some of the most common assumptions about STEM education with the goal of improving teaching and learning for an inclusive environment. 

  • Explore privileges and assumptions we take for granted. 
  • Learn to recognize hidden curriculum in our classroom and department. 
  • Brainstorm ideas on how we can make the hidden curriculum visible to international faculty and students. 

Join us to build community with other international faculty, postdocs, and grad students, and to learn from and with each other. You don't have an international background but are interested in the topic? Come join us.

Pizza and salad.

Co-sponsored by TEFD and the Graduate School Office of Professional Development.

Marialuisa Di Stefano is a lecturer for the College of Education. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship from the Department of Engineering Education at Utah State University. She earned her PhD in curriculum and instruction, with emphasis on bilingual education and cultural studies from Utah State University. Di Stefano is a multilingual and multicultural educator, researcher, and advocate for historically marginalized groups in education. Her research interest lies in bridging perspectives between STEAM education, bilingual education, and transnational civic education, and how such intersections may lead to a more equitable education system. Di Stefano was recently awarded an NSF DRK-12 grant to facilitate professional development opportunities around engineering education in dual language classes, specifically for K-5 bilingual teachers who work with Latinx emergent, bilingual students. 



The Campus Center is located in the middle of campus at 1 Campus Center Way. Parking is available in the Campus Center Garage.

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