Dr. Sheila Borges Rajguru, Grant Facilitator for Rutgers School of Social Work, has been selected as keynote speaker for the National STEM Teachers Expo 2020 to be held virtually from October 23-25, 2020. Borges Rajguru will present (Re)Building Trusting Relationships: Lessons Learned from Enacting Culturally Relevant Pedagogy, which will discuss ways on how to celebrate students’ lived and cultural experiences in the STEM classroom and address power dynamics in the teacher-student relationship.
“In relationships where there is an imbalance of power, especially when children are involved, educators must provide tangible ways to (re)build trusting relationships with students so that they feel safe to share their diverse, lived experiences,” says Borges Rajguru. “Breaking the barriers that negatively affect trust will lead to positive exchanges in the classroom, which consequently will impact teaching and learning.”
This talk will illustrate the science behind trust and how it relates to building relationships in K-12+ classrooms. It will delve into the tangible actions educators could take in order to initiate and maintain trusting relationships with their students and each other. Knowing how to build a connection – whether in-person and/or virtually – is important in teaching and learning, and most critically in STEM where innovation is a team effort based on diverse collaboration and partnership.