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2023 Curriculum Fair Program
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Social Justice Curriculum Fair Program

May 20th, 2023 | 1:30-4:00 pm

Santa Maria High School Multipurpose Room (Cafeteria)

Schedule

12:30-2:30: R&J Catering Taco Truck

1:30-1:40: Welcoming Remarks

1:40-2:20: Poster Session

2:20-2:30 Transition time to Roundtable

2:30-3:00: Roundtable  

3:00-3:50: Poster Session Continued

3:50-4:00 Closing Remarks & Book Drawing

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In Person Poster Session Descriptions

Roundtable Discussion Descriptions

Virtual Poster Presentation Descriptions

In Person Poster Session Presentations

1. Building a Classroom Community Where Every Voice is Heard

Cierra Irwin (she/her), K-12 In-Service Educator & Cal Poly Curriculum & Instruction Master’s Candidate

This presentation provides educators with explicit activities they can implement in their elementary classrooms to foster a culture where every student feels as if their voice matters, along with strategies for how to make sure every student is being included in the classroom community.  

2. Teaching Social Studies Through a Social Justice Lens

Miranda Silva (she/her/hers), Denise Dominguez (she/her/hers), Cal Poly Multiple Subject TIER Residents and Curriculum & Instruction Master’s Degree Candidates

This poster presentation will provide suggestions for how to improve social studies instruction in a way that is more equitable and inclusive for grades K-6. 

3. Community Cookbook

Katie Bravante (she/her/hers), K-12 In-Service Educator, & Cal Poly Culturally Responsive Teaching Fellow

This poster presentation features a community cookbook activity. Students select a recipe from their culture or that is dear to their heart to present to the class. Activity was inspired by fellow educator Dayna McMullan, SMBSD. 

4. Re-Imagining the “About Me” Page in a Science Notebook

Jon-Paul Ewing (he/him/his), Evan Johnston (he/him/his), K-12 In-Service Educators & Cal Poly Culturally Responsive Teaching Fellows

In an effort to increase student engagement and promote affirmation of identity, we propose to implement a school-wide change to our "About Me" page in the Science Notebook. Students will create identity maps after seeing examples from their science teachers.

5. The Power of Music in the Classroom

Isamar Vazquez-Leon (she/her/ella), K-12 In-Service Educator & Cal Poly Culturally Responsive Teaching Fellow

Music is an important part of many cultures. It is not talked about often in terms of the important connections and impact it can have in education. I will demonstrate a few examples of ways to implement music in the classroom. Enjoy ¡el poder de la musica!

6. Social Justice Education in Social Emotional Learning

Yesenia Chavez, K-12 In-Service Educator & Cal Poly Curriculum & Instruction Master’s Candidate

The presentation will cover teaching strategies and lesson ideas that teachers can use to implement social justice education in their everyday social emotional learning time in the classroom.

7. Incorporating Identities and Narratives into English Language Arts

Maggie Schiltz (she/her/hers), K-12 In-Service Educator & Cal Poly Culturally Responsive Teaching Fellow

How can incorporating more narrative writing into ELA curriculum allow students to express themselves and welcome their identities into academic settings?

8. Secondary School Homeroom Teachers

Manuel Navarro (he/him/his), Cal Poly SSTEP Credential & Bilingual Authorization Candidate

A model for Homeroom Teachers at the secondary school level will be examined.

9. Asian American and Pacific Islander Studies in K-6 Classrooms

MaLee Thao (she/her/hers), Tara Hendricks (she/her/hers), Cris Rayborne (she/her/hers), Cal Poly MSTEP Credential Candidates

This presentation will provide K-6 educators with resources for teaching about AAPI ethnic studies in the classroom.

10. Redefining Science, Social Justice & SEL in Mind

Yessica Garcia (she/her/ella), K-12 In-Service Educator & Cal Poly Culturally Responsive Teaching Fellow

Visit this presentation and leave with several new ideas on how to incorporate more of the different learning modalities and examples on how to make your subject applicable for ALL. This presentation will focus on science but should give light to different techniques that apply to other subjects. We must set the foundation to get to know our students, set up classroom norms, create a positive classroom environment around respect, and prepare students for skills they will need to attain in their respective science course. Remember it is important to let your students have a voice! The goal for this presentation will be to show some ways in which tasks above are done but showing you with a new lens to change the way we see and do science so we can have a more-hands on approach, apply student knowledge with the incorporation of the world around them while still meeting NGSS needs and show our students they truly are more than just the color of their skin they are also scientists! After all, we need to provide a leveled starting field for ALL STUDENTS!

11. My Journey, My Story: A Newcomer Experience

Alejandra Dino, Jennifer Bravo, Cal Poly Multiple Subject TIER Residents and Curriculum & Instruction Master’s Degree Candidates

This presentation is a collection of teacher/district resources and testimonials of newcomer high school students sharing part of their experiences, aspirations, hopes, fears, and dreams with the goal of creating visibility for these students who are often overlooked.

12. Teaching about Juneteenth in the K-8 Classroom

Brittney Mayes (she/her/hers), Grace O’Malley (she/her/hers), Cal Poly MSTEP Credential Candidates

This presentation will discuss Black/African American Studies through a social justice lens by providing resources and sample lesson plans for current and future educators.

13. Integrating Figurative Language and Music into English Language Arts

Sandra Ramos-Manzo (she/her/ella), K-12 In-Service Educator & Cal Poly Culturally Responsive Teaching Fellow

The poster will present a culturally relevant lesson that targets figurative language through the use of the students’ favorite music.,

14. The Living Library

Lauren Chambers (she/her/hers),  K-12 In-Service Educator & Cal Poly Culturally Responsive Teaching Fellow

The Living Library is a program where students "borrow" a community member to hear their story. This program was inspired by Story Corp's The Great Listen and The Human Library.

15. Co-Creating a Land Acknowledgement with Your Students

Lana Tabuenca, K-12 In-Service Educator & Cal Poly Culturally Responsive Teaching Fellow

Learn how to co-create a meaningful Land Acknowledgement with your students.

16. Latinx Studies in the K-8 Classroom

Haley Fierros (she/they), Karsyn Woods (she/her/hers), Alyssa Kjelsberg (she/her/hers), Cal Poly MSTEP Credential Candidates

This presentation will focus on implementing Latinx and Chicanx ethnic studies in elementary classrooms. Educators will receive lesson plans and resources for incorporating this curriculum in their classrooms.

17. “All About My Identities”

Alondra Margarita Felix-Vazquez (she/her/hers), Cal Poly Multiple Subject TIER Resident and Curriculum & Instruction Master’s Degree Candidate,

This poster presentation will provide attendees with an example of social justice within an art lesson in which students will be able to draw themselves and then draw a line that divides them. On one side students will color themselves as how they look (appearance) and on the other side, students will color, draw, write any identities that are internal. Students will be able to learn about the importance of learning about others and their identities. As well as the importance of feeling validated and validating others' identities.

18. Honoring Traditions in the Elementary Classroom

Connie Reynoso (ella/she//her), K-12 In-Service Educator & Cal Poly Culturally Responsive Teaching Fellow

People who live in the Americas have a diverse background, we have similarities and differences. Our traditions are something that unites us to our family, our community, our class, or to a friend. Seeing each other's traditions and cultures as something to celebrate will make us a stronger community.

19. Central Coast ConnectEd

Frank Ramos (he/him/his), Eddie Meza (he/him/his), Yonic Perez (he/him/his), Cal Poly Single Subject TIER Residents & Curriculum & Instruction Master’s Degree Candidates

This poster will provide available resources to parents and students across Santa Maria for those families who are not available during or after the school day or served by traditional home/school communications. We hope to provide alternative resources outside of schools to make sure these students are receiving the necessary academic support outside of school hours, and that they are provided information about enrichment opportunities offered by community programs that may be more accessible to them. In addition, we will provide a website that will display these resources, what they are, and how they can utilize them.

20. Student Led Redevelopment of a Lesson on Identity and Social Justice

Melanie Julisa Aquino (she/her/hers), Cal Poly SSTEP & Bilingual Authorization Teacher Candidate

Understanding one’s own multi-faceted identity can help with self empowerment and self-advocacy. This was one of the main ideas behind a lesson developed on identity and its connections to social justice. In this presentation, we will look at how this lesson was redesigned by students and the take-always students had from this lesson and the redesign process.

21. Curriculum Innovation for Educational Harmony

Stephanie Carmassi, Cal Poly MSTEP &  Bilingual Authorization Teacher Candidate

This presentation will highlight a zoomed out view of the implications of what students are learning in school. We will hear from student voices, parents, teachers and research to inform this work. My goal is to discover how we can involve the community in these efforts to pose ideas and enforce change.

22. How to Provide Inclusivity in the Classroom Through the Use of Children’s Books

Maria Zepeda (she/her/ella), Fatima Ramirez Perez (she/her/ella), Cal Poly MSTEP & Bilingual Authorization Teacher Candidates

This presentation is to inform and provide resources for how to further use and where to find

window & mirror books in your community to support student learning at home & classroom.

23. Building Students’ Bilingual Voice in the Classroom

Liseth Moreno (she/her/hers), Cal Poly MSTEP & Bilingual Authorization Teacher Candidate

Bringing students’ bilingual voices and languages into the classroom is always shared as a given but not many share that students’ voices take time, patience, care and commitment to be built towards its expression in the classroom. I share the continued efforts of my work towards building my students’ Spanish language voices in the classroom.

24. Identity Through Poetry

Griselda Lopez Bautista (she/her/hers), K-12 In-Service Educator & Cal Poly Culturally Responsive Teaching Fellow

This presentation shows ways teachers can use poetry in the classroom in order for students to share their identities. The presentation will also include student samples and self portraits.

25. Native American and Indigenous Studies in K-8 Classrooms

Sierra Seratti (she/her/hers), Savannah Zaragoza (she/her/hers), Madison Lazalier (she/her/hers), Cal Poly MSTEP Teacher Candidates

This poster will focus on implementing  Native American & Indigenous Studies in elementary classrooms. Educators will learn about resources for incorporating the curriculum into their classroom.

26. Incorporating Social Emotional Learning into Science Curriculum

Emily Hallett (she/her/hers), K-12 In-Service Educator & Cal Poly Curriculum & Instruction Master’s Candidate

This poster presentation will provide examples of how Social Emotional Learning (SEL) can be incorporated into science lessons with a focus on seventh grade.

27. Grading and Equity

Nicole Dann (she/her/hers), K-12 In-Service Educator & Cal Poly Curriculum & Instruction Master’s Candidate

This presentation will be about ways that grading impacts students and some strategies that teachers can follow to make their grading practices more equitable. 

28. My Name is Maria

Roxana Sanchez (she/her/hers), Cal Poly Higher Education Staff/Faculty, Ana Bañuelos (she/her/hers), Cal Poly Undergraduate Student

This presentation aims to propose strategies and methods educators can use in the classroom to make education equal to children who have a lot to offer but never get the chance to do so. Most of the time they go unseen or misunderstood. Students deserve equality and opportunities. The subjects that will be discussed are building culture in the classroom, connecting content to students' experiences, building trust and respect, and parent involvement.

29. Fostering Empathy and Inspiring Change: The Power of Literature in Cultivating Identity Awareness and Social Justice in the Classroom

Cinthia Rivera (she/her/hers), Darlene Regalado (she/her/hers), Ashley Reigstad (she/her/hers), K-12 In-Service Educators & Cal Poly Culturally Responsive Teaching Fellows

This presentation demonstrates how educators can use literature in the classroom as a powerful tool for nurturing students’ awareness of identities and social justice issues. Through the exploration of diverse characters and narratives, literature opens up avenues to critically examine and empathize with experiences different from their own. By exploring stories that reflect a range of cultural, racial, ethnic, and socio-economic backgrounds, students can develop a broader understanding of the complexities of human identity. Literature also serves as a catalyst for discussions around social justice topics such as discrimination, inequality, and oppression. Through careful analysis of the themes, symbols, and conflicts presented in classroom texts, students can engage in meaningful conversations about these pressing issues, fostering empathy and encouraging a sense of social responsibility. As students build connections with characters who face adversity and strive for justice, literature offers them an opportunity to envision a more equitable and inclusive society, inspiring them to become active agents of positive change in their communities.

30. Nuestros Autorretratos/ Our Self-Portraits

Laura Ortiz (she/her/hers), Alma Valentin (she/her/hers), K-12 In-Service Educators & Cal Poly Culturally Responsive Teaching Fellows

Students will identify, explore and discuss skin tone through the form of art.

31. Crafted Courses

Eduardo Madera (he/him/his), Cal Poly SSTEP Teacher Candidate

This poster presentation explores a variety of student involved curriculum courses in which students are able to build their own school curriculum through interests and intrinsic needs. The presentation also presents the benefits of a co-taught course that focuses on community and identity through a student driven curriculum.

Round Table Discussions

2:30-3:00pm

A. Queer in the Classroom

Norma Elliott (she/they), Veronica Zepeda (she/her/ella), Tiffany Farfan (she/her/ella), K-12 In-Service Educators & Cal Poly Culturally Responsive Teaching Fellows

During this roundtable, queer teachers will share their experiences as educators and discuss how

best to support queer students.

B. UndocuAlly Training for PK-12 Educators

Jannet Rios (she/her/ella), Briana Ronan (she/her/ella), Central Coast Coalition for Undocumented Student Success

This roundtable focuses on the experiences of PK-12 undocumented students, laws and policies that impact undocumented and mixed-status families, and strategies for creating institutional change in early childhood and K-12 school settings and other community organizations.

C. Debriefing Keynote Presentation: What are our Next Steps?

Mariana Carlon (she/her/hers), Educator & Culturally Responsive Teaching Fellowship Co-facilitator

In this roundtable, participants are invited to share reflections and engage in collective debrief on this year’s keynote presentation from Lorena Germán and the virtual panel of educators and activists.

D. Virtual Presentations & Interactive Feedback Station

In this room, participants can view virtual poster sessions (see titles and description below) and engage with a collaborative feedback station. Leave a note sharing your insights, resources and next steps! Participants can also participate in book drawing and postcard writing activity!

        

Virtual Poster Sessions

Click here to view presentations

Making Change Happen

Ali Roquet, ELD Curriculum Developer & Cal Poly Curriculum & Instruction Master’s Degree Candidate

The goal of the ELD unit, Making Change Happen, is to learn language to discuss equity, justice, and ways young people can make change. English learners build a repertoire

of precise vocabulary to discuss and analyze media representation, environmental health, allyship, and the bystander effect. They use a range of descriptive synonyms and

antonyms as well as cause and effect language to flexibly elaborate their ideas about the negative impacts of injustice and the benefits of equitable and just solutions.

Students also make use of conditional verbs and signal words in complex sentence structures. They present arguments, counter arguments, and opinions about topical issues,

and articulate strategies for engaging with those issues on personal and systemic levels.

Comparing the Social Hierarchies and Power Structures of the Medieval World to Modern Day United States

Troy Gabriel (he/him/his), K-12 In-Service Educator & Cal Poly Curriculum & Instruction Master’s Candidate

This four day lesson is designed for a 7th grade Medieval World History class in which students will examine the question “What determines your place in a social structure?” with a specific focus on the examination of who has power within those social structures. Students will then compare the social structures of the Medieval world with those of the modern United States. This presentation will provide educators with an overview of the lessons and activities of the unit, examples of specific discussion questions to ask students to elicit student thinking, as well as a QR code to access the lesson resources.

Family Engagement with Social Justice in the Classroom

Alyssa German (she/her/hers), K-12 In-Service Educator & Cal Poly Curriculum & Instruction Master’s Candidate

This poster will contain different ways teachers can communicate with families about social justice in the classroom through curriculum. This will include introducing what social justice in the classroom looks like and how to talk about that with families as well as including them in it.

Understanding Food Insecurity in our Community: Empathy and Action

Amanda Hughes (she/her/hers), K-12 In-Service Educator & Cal Poly Culturally Responsive Teaching Fellow

This presentation will include a 4-day multidisciplinary unit addressing food insecurity and inequity in a Kindergarten classroom. Lessons connect literature and reading comprehension, math, science, social science, SEL and art.

Exploring Cultural Identities Through Arts-based Reflection

Meghan Balderama (she/her/hers), K-12 In-Service Educator & Cal Poly Curriculum & Instruction Master’s Candidate

In my presentation, I will discuss the importance of cultural identity work in an elementary classroom, as well as provide a brief explanation of arts-based reflection. Then, I will provide an overview of the four-lesson learning segment I created.

Social Justice in Education for Students with Disabilities

Angela Elias (she/her/hers), Cal Poly Special Education Master’s Candidate & TIER Resident

In this presentation, I will go over a study I conducted on the effects of Combining Phonemic Awareness Instruction and a Video-Self Model on the Oral Reading Fluency and Reading Self-Perception for Learners with Disabilities who are English Language Learners. I will share examples and recommendations for how educators can commit to transforming their classrooms and special education services into spaces of justice for all learners.

Integrating Social Justice Lessons and Storytelling

Lucero Caro (ella/she/her), K-12 In-Service Educator & Cal Poly Curriculum & Instruction Master’s Candidate

The poster will provide examples of how to integrate social justice topics/lessons through storytelling. More specifically, I will use lessons and books that focus on immigration rights.

Building Awareness on Identity and Culture in Social Justice

Vanessa Alteres, Cal Poly MSTEP & Bilingual Authorization Teacher Candidate

This presentation will provide the importance of identity and culture in a classroom. I will also provide an activity that can be done in a classroom that will support students to have the opportunity to express and share their identity and culture in the classroom.

Who I Identify With: Representation in STEM

Anna Mudge (she/her/hers), K-12 In-Service Educator & Cal Poly Culturally Responsive Teaching Fellow

Students research a scientist or mathematician they identify with and create a slide to share how they identify with their chosen person.

Creating a Culture of Independent Reading in the Classroom Using a Diverse Classroom Library

Eunice Gonzalez-Sierra (she/her/hers), K-12 In-Service Educator & Cal Poly Culturally Responsive Teaching Fellow

This presentation aims to address the ways we can create a culture of independent reading in the classroom and beyond. With the help of a diverse and culturally relevant classroom library, students are more likely to want to read and engage in independent reading practices.

Everyone’s a Helper

Ricky Pai (she/her/hers), K-12 In-Service Educator & Cal Poly Curriculum & Instruction Master’s Candidate

This social justice project is focused on K-2 curriculum; it aligns with ELA state standards and social studies standards. The outcomes of this project are that students will understand the concepts of personal strength and struggles. Students are able to use writing and drawing to express their feelings and to be empathetic to others.