Stereotype threat is when a culturally entrenched idea of a group/gender/racial identity directly affect the performance and participation of those people. see this link for study http://arts.uwaterloo.ca/~sspencer/spencerlab/articles/2001-Quinn-Spencer.pdf
Four young students are sitting together at two, two-person desks put together as one table. They& near the front of the classroom near a whiteboard. The two girls are looking down, writing, and the two boys are looking up, smiling.
Dissolve stereotype threat and increase identity safety by affirming all types of identity, modeling strategic vulnerability, inviting students into self-authorship, and creating identity safe classroom agreements.