Neag School of Education professor of science education Todd Campbell is working on two grants focused on expanding the diversity and accessibility of science education in Connecticut and beyond.
The first grant is funded through a $1.5 million National Science Foundation grant. The project will develop and implement a unit on the science of COVID-19 through a social justice lens, while also supporting groups of teachers to develop, test, and refine justice-centered instructional practices in local schools.
Campbell’s team on this project includes April Luehmann from the University of Rochester and Déana Scipio from IslandWood, an environmental education non-profit in Washington state.
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a disproportionate impact on racial and ethnic minority communities. Researchers found that racial and ethnic minorities in the United States were disproportionately more likely to catch and die from COVID-19.
Meanwhile, states have been challenged with implementing Next Generation Science Standards. These standards focus on integrating concepts across units rather than teaching everything as discrete entities. The standards aim to provide students with applicable knowledge about core science and engineering principles by ensuring content is taught in the context of its application in explaining events that happen in the world or solving problems.
“COVID Connects Us” will bridge these two contemporary issues by creating a justice-centric…