Framework for Engaging Underrepresented Stakeholders in Education R&D
Educational technology research and development will gain additional levels of perspective with Digital Promise’s launch of the Center for Inclusive Innovation. The goal is to bring in communities of color to participate as “co-creators and collaborators” in educational innovation. The center will be guided by a community advisory council made up of organizers, facilitators, developers, and social change leaders who work on improving educational opportunities for students of color. The council will provide guidance on community-driven design and network building, and participate in local and national R&D opportunities. The initiative draws on work already undertaken by the nonprofit, which published “Designing a Process for Inclusive Innovation: A Radical Commitment to Equity” in 2019. That report examined how to bring “historically marginalized populations such as Black and Latinx students and students living in poverty” into educational research and development. The 2019 report included a simple matrix for understanding how well equity considerations are built into proposed education solutions. The organization has also been working with schools and communities on collaborative projects, including designing for the recruitment and retention of teachers of color and advancing innovation in secondary writing.
International Women’s Day has been commemorated across the world on March 8 since 1911, and every United States President has marked March as Women’s History Month since 1995. Although the right to vote is a common topic of study in classrooms when students examine women’s history, many more issues, perspectives, and accomplishments require investigation across history, literature, and the arts to more fully appreciate and understand what women’s history in the United States encompasses. On the next page, you’ll find five sources for freelessons and other resources for diving deeply into women’s triumphs in every arena.
The Amazon Future Engineer program works to increase access to computer science (CS) education for children and young adults from underserved and underrepresented communities. High school seniors who want to study computer science can apply for one of a hundred $40,000 scholarships offered through the Amazon Future Engineer scholarship program.
All Points North Foundation is considering grant requests ranging from $20,000 to $60,000 to prepare and retain middle school teachers in an ever-changing education climate and help students, especially those in underserved communities grow both academically and socially/emotionally.