Isaac Prilleltensky believes there is a strong connection between happiness, fairness, and social justice on a national level. “People who live in countries that promote greater social justice tend to be happier,” said Prilleltensky, professor, Department of Educational and Psychological Studies; vice provost for institutional culture; and the Erwin and Barbara Mautner Chair in Community Well-Being in the School of Education and Human Development.
Investing in early childhood education, offering hands-on classroom learning, and providing diverse role models are among the ways educators can encourage underrepresented students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
Motivating students can be a difficult challenge for teachers, particularly in a time of online learning. That’s why Nam Ju Kim, Ph.D., assistant professor in the School of Education and Human Development’s Department of Teaching and Learning, is using advanced technology tools to find a solution.