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.
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.
To help young people combat the growing mental health crisis brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, Yale University is offering a variation of its most popular “happiness” course to more than 500 low-income high school students around the nation at no cost.
In a guest post on Beyond the Spotlight—a resource for parents, caregivers, and educators, designed to create equitable and caring classrooms for all children—Alyssa Hadley-Dunn, Associate Professor of Teacher Education at Michigan State University and founder of Teaching on the Days After: Dialogue & Resources for Educating Toward Justice, offers tips and resources for teachers related to the attack on the US Capitol.