2019 Capital PKAL Regional Network Conference

A Call to Action for Diversity and Inclusion in STEM

March 15, 2019
Bowie State University
14000 Jericho Park Road
Bowie, MD 20715

Project Kaleidoscope and Bowie State University are pleased to announce the 2019 meeting of the Capital PKAL Regional Network: “A Call to Action for Diversity and Inclusion in STEM”. The meeting will be held March 15, 2019 at Bowie State University in Bowie, Maryland.


Keynote Speaker

Martirano.jpgDr. Michael J. Martirano was named superintendent for the Howard County Public School System in July 2018 after serving as interim superintendent since May 2017. He considers himself a teacher first and foremost, and believes children must be at the center of all decision-making. Guided by the principle “to teach a child well, you must know a child well,” he is committed to ensuring equity and giving every child an opportunity to succeed.

Dr. Martirano is leading Howard County public schools with his Strategic Call to Action, which guides all system actions and decisions toward ensuring the academic success and social-emotional well-being for each student in an inclusive and nurturing environment. He has been an educator for more than 35 years, including as a science teacher, principal, superintendent of St. Mary’s County Public Schools, West Virginia state superintendent of schools and visiting professor at Johns Hopkins University.

Conference Themes
Meeting sessions, workshops, and poster presentations will explore new ideas  on the following themes:

  1. Inclusion and Diversity Strategies and Interventions for Successful Learning
  2. Promoting Critical Thinking Skills through the use of Technology Tools and/or Laboratory Experiences to Broaden Access to STEM Education
  3. Learning STEM by Making - Ideation/Innovation
  4. Learning Communities - Supporting STEM Students from Diverse Backgrounds
  5. Broadening Participation -  Increasing the Pipeline through transformative teaching practices in Undergraduate STEM Education

Call for Workshop Proposals
Workshops are 60-minute sessions that actively engage participants in developing a new skill, activity or classroom tool that can be readily implemented at their home institution.  We are particularly interested in proposals that focus on the conference theme of "A Call to Action for Diversity and Inclusion in STEM.”  The conference committee is particularly interested in submission for workshops that address any of the conference themes, but other submissions are also welcome. For more information, go to Call for Proposals Guidelines

Call for Poster Abstracts
We welcome posters on all topics related to STEM education and STEM education research.  We are particularly interested in presentations that focus on inclusion and equity in education. Please submit an abstract (250 words) that summarize the goals, methods, and results of the project. For more information, go to Call for Proposals Guidelines

Event registration is online.  The general registration fee is $75 per person; $25 for graduate students; and includes lunch. All presenters are responsible for conference registration, travel and hotel expenses.  The conference is from 8:30 am - 3:30 pm on Friday March 15, 2019.  The registration deadline is March 1, 2019.

For additional information about the 2019 Capital PKAL Regional Conference, please contact:

Conference Chair
Dr. Lethia Jackson
Bowie State University