STEM Trauma Workshop: Disrupt the Transference & Heal

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STEM Trauma Workshop: Disrupt the Transference & Heal

Explore the relationship many students and teachers have with STEM education emerging from traumatic school experiences.

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  • 2 hours
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​​Wednesday, April 5, 2023 ⋅ 2:00 – 4:00pm PT

This workshop will explore the often problematic relationship many students and teachers have with STEM education emerging from traumatic experiences we simply never address. This workshop particularly focuses on the roots of science as it relates to white supremacy culture and science education, and how that bleeds into the way we see ourselves, or don't, in science. We will look at ELP's HQPA (High Quality Performance Assessment) principles (1: Eliciting evidence of learning that matters & 2: Tight on its criteria for success) as a means to address healing and thriving in the design of STEM assessments that matter.

You’ll leave the workshop with a brainstorming tool and other resources that will help with ending the transference of STEM trauma in your classroom and future assessments.

We also encourage you to join us for the complementary "STEM Equity Workshop: Centering HQPA in Assessments" happening on April 19th, 2023.


  • Is this a virtual workshop? Yes, these workshops are virtual via Zoom. Zoom info will be sent via email to the registered participants the week of the event. Due to the setup of these workshops, we ask that each attendee individually login and join us in the Zoom room separately.
  • Who should attend? These workshops are designed for all educators and school/district leaders: any grade level, any discipline. We believe that everyone needs STEM understanding, it should not begin and end with the STEM department.
  • Can I come as an individual, or should I come with a group? Individuals and groups are both welcome, although mixed groups of teachers (from varying subjects) and administrators are encouraged.
  • Should I also attend the "STEM Equity Workshop: Centering HQPA in Assessments" or are these stand alone workshops? We recommended attending both sessions but they are also designed to be understandable when attended individually. We will be covering different HQPA principles during each session and the STEM Trauma Workshop will create a better understanding before diving into developing assessments in the STEM Equity Workshop. The workshops will be recorded and sent only to registered participants, feel free to register for both, even if you cannot attend the entire session.
  • Additional note: We will ask if folks would like to volunteer their own stories of STEM trauma. We understand that this is an extremely vulnerable ask and respect those who do not wish to share. This will not be a therapy or dumping session, simply a way of better understanding its transference. We are hoping to create a safe and open environment, please reach out with any questions or concerns.

* Zoom info will be sent via email to the registered participants the week of the event. The workshop will be recorded and any resources or materials will be shared.

Please reach out to Courtney Katen ( with any questions.

Meet Your Facilitator

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🏡 Josette M. Neal-De-Stanton was born in Frankfurt, Germany, but has resided in Oakland, CA for most of her life. She currently is a resident in Costa Mesa, CA.

🎓 Josette received her B.A. and M.A. from San Francisco State University in Family & Consumer Sciences. She also has a single subject science credential from the State of California, completing her teaching program at REACH Institute-for School Leadership.

💬 Currently an Assessment Design Partner at Envision Learning Partners (ELP), Josette has 15 years of experience in education. She has started teaching life science at Elmhurst Community Prep in Oakland, and then spent 6 years teaching, coaching, and leading at ARISE High School in Oakland as well. A highlight, as well as a shift in her career gears came while working at ARISE, as Josette became a Career Technical Education (CTE) Pathway Coordinator and then Coach. With these positions, Josette led the charge to create ARISE’s first Linked Learning Pathway in Public and Community Health. After leaving ARISE, she continued her work in CTE with the West Contra Costa Unified School District, as their District Work Based Learning Liaison. COVID saw Josette transitioning out of the traditional school setting, and needing to feel her work impact a larger audience, which essentially led her to ELP. As a former client of ELP, Josette saw the importance of the work being done, and really wanted to bring her science/CTE background to the organization. Josette is also a part time adjunct professor at Mills College, where she works in the Department of Education, in the teacher credential program as the Math & Science Curriculum and Instruction professor.

💭 What sparked Josette’s love and passion for education was her experience at the former Teach Tomorrow in Oakland, which showed her the importance of giving back to her community by way of teaching. She has taught in Oakland, CA for most of her career, which grounded her in her philosophy of the importance of justice and equity in education, focusing mainly on STEM education. She considers herself to be a warrior for diversity, equity, inclusion and access in education, with a necessity of accountability on a systemic level.

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Twitter: @JosetteNDS