With her vibrant energy, humor and authenticity, Leena actively engages audiences to create pathways for every single student to have opportunity and access to high quality science and STEM education, #4Real
Dr. Bakshi was amazing in the session: Inspiring Learner Voice Through Racial and Social Justice in UDL. She was able to ignite thinking about big ideas and engage participants in discussion; while also providing concrete examples of UDL in practice. An inspiring, thought-provoking, and actionable session. Thank you!
CAST’s Implementation Specialist
Do you want to sit down in compliance or stand up for justice?
Why the STEM4Real Team?
Dr. Bakshi McLean has been behind both the teacher and the administrator desk. She knows the unique challenges and opportunities of both, and what it’s like to want to make a difference but not know where to start. She is not just inspirational — she’s relatable. Using her years of experience combined with her passion for change-making, Dr. Bakshi McLean invites administrators and teachers alike to reimagine the impact they can have on every single one of their students by investing in their own development and learning.
Disgruntled with the systemic racism and injustice that existed in bureaucracy and educational systems, Dr. Bakshi McLean founded STEM4Real, a professional organization dedicated to addressing academic inequities head on by creating relevant, standards-based content through a justice-centered lens.
Speaking Topics Include:
STEM4Real Can Also Speak To
Leadership Development | Special Education | Closing the Opportunity Gaps | Lesson Study as Means to Transform Professional Learning
STEM4Real is able to work with bookers and organizers to determine their unique need and craft a custom presentation for your audience.
The presenters were awesome and provided great detail with the content. They emphasized the importance of inclusion by breaking down the UDL Guidelines within instructional methods. This was a great presentation for teachers new to the field as well as traditional or veteran teachers needing to redesign instruction to include social justice related to historical and current events! Very cool!
County or District Level Administrator,
South County Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA)
Leena's Speaking Reel
I am so excited to visit the website and review everything from today. Thank you for making it interactive and so engaging! The only improvement I could suggest is just longer (I know that wasn't your decision). I want a full day of you guys and STEM4Real
Thank you for your enthusiasm and presentation.
Debbie Van Ryn
Loved the presentation and I am excited to look through your resources!
The presentation is very comprehensive and informative. No suggestions so far.
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Great information, great lesson plan demo. Well done.
I loved the energy of the presentation!
The entire presentation was excellent.
Based on the conversations and themes from the presentation, I have come to realize that the real reason I keep getting in trouble for being "too political" is because I am upsetting certain people's fragile racist sensibilities. I feel a lot better now…
Presenter demonstrated expertise & communicated clearly
Session was relevant
Session was valuable/would recommend to others
I loved the hands on aspect of the presentation! STEM4Real brought up great points about implicit biases and systemic inequality in the classroom. I plan to use these ideas to look inward and work on my own implicit biases in order to foster an effective learning environment for my students in the future.
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