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Middle School- Equitable Learning Experiences

The ACESSE team is seeking middle school teachers to participate in a virtual professional learning series and study focused on creating more equitable learning experiences in science in the time of the pandemic. The series is designed specifically for middle school science teachers, who share a commitment to equity and justice in science education and is funded by the Gates Foundation’s grant to the ACESSE project.

The Equitable Remote Learning Professional Learning Series requires teachers attend four 90-minute virtual sessions, and try things in your classroom in between those sessions. The sessions will take place on January 21, February 4, February 18, and March 4, 2021. One optional session will be held for those who wish to continue to study strategies for promoting equity of participation. Teachers will be compensated up to $425 for participation.

As part of the series, we will:

  • Introduce teachers to frameworks for promoting equitable participation for in a variety of teaching contexts - synchronous, asynchronous, and without technology Plan strategies for promoting equity through norms and discussion protocols that teachers will try in their’ classrooms

  • Investigate data from teachers’ own classrooms, to identify strategies that are promising Analyze what in teachers’ schools and systems may be contributing to inequities of participation, and discuss strategies for addressing those

  • We hope to create an environment where teachers feel safe to take risks and be brave in how we can grow together in providing more equitable learning experiences to our students in the time of the pandemic, when great inequities are being exposed and exacerbated.

If you know middle school teachers who might be interested in participating, please have them complete this application form (10 minutes) on this link by December 31, 2020: https://forms.gle/RdGcS9KvXDsSgTgw9

We plan to hold a half-hour webinar to introduce the project to teachers, that Cubers are also welcome to attend. That webinar will be held Thursday, December 3 at 5pm MT (Zoom info is: https://cuboulder.zoom.us/j/94350361528 or +16699006833,,94350361528#.

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