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Join Active Learning Week! October 22 - 26, 2018

Active Learning Week was initiated in 2016 by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy as a national effort to incorporate active teaching and learning strategies in STEM classrooms. As several of the original professional association partners in this effort, we invited STEM faculty and science teachers from more than 1400 secondary and postsecondary institutions to TAKE THE PLEDGE to integrate these advanced pedagogies into their teaching practices. To date, over 600 STEM faculty have not only taken this pledge, but also committed themselves to ensuring that their active learning classroom practices are culturally responsive – fully grounded in the lived experiences of students of all races/ethnicities, genders, sexual orientations, and socioeconomic statuses. 

Please join Active Learning Week 2018! TAKE THE PLEDGE and be part of a growing movement to train all STEM students through active learning strategies. By taking the pledge, you commit to implement any or all of the following activities the week of October 22nd.

  • 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 and engage in dialogue around what they can do to implement similar strategies in their classroom;
  • Promote Active Learning Week on your campus. Receive an adaptable flyer you can edit to include your logo and local ALW events to demonstrate your leadership in promoting active learning;
  • Tweet or post on social media about your participation using #ActiveLearningWeek; 
  • 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 Videos received by November 15th will be showcased on STEM Central. See the 2016 and 2017 video showcases for inspiration. 




Active Learning Week will provide an opportunity to engage in conversations about using active learning strategies in classrooms. Participate in a webinar, accesses on line resources, and share your own experiences.  



Working Towards More Equitable Team Dynamics: Mapping Student Assets to Minimize Stereotyping and Task Assignment Bias

When: Oct 24, 1:00pm EDT 

Presenters: Dr. Elizabeth Stoddard and Dr. Geoff Pfeifer, both of Worcester Polytechnic Institute 

View the Webinar Here 


Supporting ALL Learners Using Active Learning Pedagogy

When: Oct 25, 3:30pm EDT

Presenter: Jose Blackorby, Adjunct Lecturer on Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education

View the Webinar Here



An active learning technique can be as simple as using small group discussions for problem-solving, asking students to write down a question they have following a lesson, or allowing time for self-assessment and reflection. Here are some additional resources:

Active Learning Lesson Activities – Collection of PK-12 STEM standard-aligned activities -

Resources for a culturally responsive classroom -

K-12 resource for science lessons -



Please, take a moment to tell us what you did for Active Learning Week. Go to the STEM Central Group for Culturally Responsive Active Learning, where you can post your experiences, ask questions in the community, and share your favorite resources for promoting culturally responsive active learning in your classroom, your department, or your institution. 



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

The Active Learning Week National Pledge is supported by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), 100Kin10, and the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U).