Anti-Racism Interactive Science to Expand Success (ARISES)
Generously funded by the Hewlett Foundation
Building on the POWER project, ARISES explores how open educational resources (OERs), combined with research-tested pedagogical patterns, can be used in teacher workshops to customize interactive science units to promote anti-racism while enhancing student agency.
This work extends our Anti-Racism Interactive Science Education (ARISE) project. ARISES refines our Social Justice KI pedagogy while leveraging insights from experienced teachers to reformulate the ARISE professional development, bring anti-racism science curricula to new teachers and schools, and design new OER models and units to expand the curriculum.
Redlining and Asthma Rates
The ARISES partnership is identifying OERs with the potential to advance anti-racism. We study how these OERs, when used by teachers to customize technology-rich interactive science units, can strengthen science understanding, build student agency, and promote racial equity.
We are investigating how incorporating anti-racism OERs can strengthen science units by promoting integrated understanding of science and developing commitments to oppose racism and promote equity. This work will contribute insights into how science units featuring OERs can set students on a path towards increased racial equity and agency.
ARISES is building a library of promising resources and incorporating them into the WISE curriculum customization environment. Teachers use the ARISES library to develop inquiry science units that address environmental and social justice topics.
Sample curriculum topics by grade level:
- 6th | Global Climate Change and Urban Heat Islands (urban heat islands, redlining)
- 7th | Chemical Reactions, Asthma, and Alternative Fuels: Making a Change (air pollution, redlining)
- 8th | COVID-19, Data Science, and Equity (data bias, implicit bias)
In the news:
- bluknowledge Partner Spotlight on ARISE
- The 74 article featuring ARISE curricula and partner teacher
Misleading Graphs: COVID Data
Mapping Asthma Data: County vs Neighborhood
The ARISES partnership includes teachers from culturally varied schools in the SF Bay Area (Alameda and Contra Costa counties), learning sciences researchers, science discipline experts, software designers, and advisors who are leaders in anti-racism.
ARISES proposes design guidelines for science units featuring OERs along with instructional patterns that enable them to succeed in science instruction. We are developing a prototype workshop model that includes online activities and can be customized for future investigations.