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Join AAC&U's Project Kaleidoscope for Active Learning Week 2017

TAKE THE PLEDGE and join the Association of American Colleges and Universities' (AAC&U) Project Kaleidoscope for Active Learning Week 2017- Monday, October 23rd through October 27th.

Last year, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy announced Active Learning Day as part of a nationwide effort to improve STEM higher education. Over 400 STEM faculty from 190 colleges, universities, and STEM-related professional societies participated in Active Learning Day—reaching more than 100,000 students and supporting STEM faculty in adopting active learning strategies.

We are proud to extend the value and impact to beyond just a single day – by introducing Active Learning Week.

Active Learning Week is an opportunity for faculty and administrators to join in a collective effort to raise STEM faculty awareness of active learning strategies, expand institutional capacity for STEM diversity and inclusion, and improve the undergraduate experience of all students in STEM.

We hope that a full week for Active Learning will provide the space and flexibility for you to participate in a way that works best for you and your schedule.

In addition, as part of Active Learning Week, Project Kaleidoscope is offering an inspirational webinar: Beyond Diversity: Confronting Racism and the Obstacles to Equity and Justice on campus. The webinar will be presented on Oct 19th at 2:00pm EDT by Dr. David Leonard, Professor in the Department of Critical Culture, Gender, and Race Studies at Washington State University.

We hope taking part in Active Learning Week will help integrate and promote your work as change agents at the forefront of STEM higher education reform. Please, share this with your colleagues and help promote Active Learning Week at your instituion. 


How do I Join Active Learning Week?

TAKE THE PLEDGE to incorporate culturally responsive active learning strategies in your classroom during the week of October 23rd.


What Am I Pledging To Do?

By signing up with Project Kaleidoscope, you pledge to commit to any or all of the following activities the week of October 23rd:

  • Spend at least 10 minutes implementing a culturally responsive STEM teaching strategy that promotes active learning in your classroom;
  • Identify innovative ways to deepen and extend your departmental/institutional commitment to inclusive STEM higher education reform throughout the week, academic year, and beyond;
  • Tell a friend! Reach out to at least one colleague (in either a STEM or non-STEM discipline), and engage in dialogue around what they can do to implement similar strategies in their classroom;
  • Tweet or post on social media about your participation using #ActiveLearningWeek2017; and
  • Share with others what you did on Active Learning Week by creating and uploading a two-minute video!
  • Upload the video to YouTube and send us the link at We will showcase your effort on STEM Central.


How Do I Sign Up To Take The Pledge?

Click on the link above to complete the pledge form with your name, institution’s name, and a brief sentence about what activity or action you plan to undertake during Active Learning Week. That’s it.


Is There A Deadline to Take The Pledge?

The deadline to sign up for AAC&U’s Active Learning Week pledge is Friday October 27, 2017.


Thank you for joining us. We are lucky to have you as a partner in this important work!


Kelly Mack



What is Culturally Responsive Undergraduate STEM Teaching?

Culturally responsive undergraduate STEM teaching recognizes the importance of including all students' cultural perspectives and experiences – whether it is race, gender, socio-economic status, sexual orientation, geographic location, institution type, ability status, religion, and/or language – in every aspect of learning and mastering core STEM content (Ladson-Billings,1994; Mack and Winter, 2015). This practice, when coupled with opportunities for students to engage in authentic scientific problem solving, work in diverse small groups, or contribute to cutting edge scientific discovery ensures that our nation diversifies its STEM enterprise and, thereby, preserves its global preeminence in science and technology.


What is Project Kaleidoscope?

Project Kaleidoscope (PKAL) is AAC&U’s STEM higher education reform center dedicated to empowering STEM faculty, including those from underrepresented groups, to graduate more students in STEM fields who are competitively trained and liberally educated. Since its founding in 1989, PKAL has been one of the leading advocates in the United States for transforming undergraduate STEM teaching and learning. It has to date empowered an extensive network of over 7,000 STEM faculty and administrators committed to the principles, practices, and partnerships that advance cutting-edge, integrative STEM higher education for all students. To that end, all PKAL undertakings are uniquely designed to foster quality, diversity, and social responsibility.