Project CRAFT: Culturally Responsive Affective-Focused Teaching of Science and Mathematics aims to equip secondary science and math teachers with culturally responsive, affective-focused practices and leadership skills to support STEM learning, affect, identities, and career interest for students who identify as Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC).
In partnership with the University of Florida, Alachua County Public Schools (ACPS), and the National Science Foundation, CRAFT will develop 48 secondary science and mathematics teachers culturally responsive, affective-focused teachers and leaders, and will impact more than 5,000 BIPOC students in Florida.
Two cohorts of 24 ACPS science and mathematics teachers will each participate in a two-year blended learning experience that includes: four instructional modules, each occurring online in Canvas and in-person over 2-3 afternoon sessions; curriculum and assessment design; a 2-week STEM Empowerment Summer Program with ACPS’s 21st Century Community Learning Center; teacher leadership training; and an opportunity for teachers to conduct their own classroom research and present findings in the Teacher Research Symposium. The CRAFT program leads to 12-credits of graduate level coursework at the University of Florida and a certificate in Teacher Leadership from the College of Education.
Using a design-based implementation approach and mixed methods design, CRAFT will transform teachers’ practices and leadership skills; increase their BIPOC students’ science and mathematics achievement, career interest, and identities; produce open-access resources for supporting culturally responsive, affective-focused teaching; and develop a theory of change for teacher professional growth.