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Equity and Access

Equity and Access in Science

Kids group The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction supports equity and access in science education, emphasizing quality science learning for all students and specific action to sustain cultural ways of doing science and eliminate ongoing prejudice and bias within the scientific world. Along with the Wisconsin Society of Science Teachers (WSST) and broader science education community in Wisconsin, we put forth this Equity and Access in Science Education Position Statement to spell out our efforts to support every student in their science learning. 

The resources below support equitable science instruction; however, the critical element for equity in science is providing all students with high-quality, standards-based learning that connects to their interests and identities.

  • Wisconsin Science Education Book Study - each year has a different focus, with 2020-21 specifically focusing on equity each month. This site shares articles and readings for group discussion. All are welcome to participate - email Kevin (link below) for registration information
  • Global Scientists - a listing of current scientists from various cultures and backgrounds across the world, with details on which standards their research relates to and related classroom resources such as lesson plans, books, articles, and videos
  • Wisconsin Scientists - a listing of current Wisconsin scientists and STEM professionals from a variety of backgrounds and disciplines, with instructional resources and standards connections
    • PBS Wisconsin Meet the Lab - a series of profiles of further Wisconsin scientists, with activities and videos to support students in building up their scientific identities
  • Project READY (Reimaging Equity and Access for Diverse Youth) - an excellent series of short learning modules from a coalition of North Carolina library leadership and K-12 and higher education school leaders - they guide you through learning on racism, implicit bias, equity, colonialism, inclusion, and relationships
  • Bias and Ethical Issues in Science - historical (and current) practice of science has biases and ethical issues. This resource notes useful articles and books to understand the following: 1) historical and current bias and racisim in the practice of science; 2) how to expand thinking of what counts as "knowledge" in science; 3) ideas for concrete steps to address these challenges
  • Tools and Resources to Support All Learners - a range of resources including Doing and Talking Math, Science and STEM Teaching Tools, and ideas from Wisconsin educators on the importance of a Native perspective on science learning
  • WI Phenomena Listing - updated list (Nov 2020) that includes more contexts and phenomena relevant to an urban environment -- as noted in this article by Okhee Lee, using local, relevant phenomena is an important equity strategy
  • Professional Development Modules for Equitable Science - ACESSE project modules that support meeting the needs of all learners, particularly in assessment strategies

Tools and Resources to Support All Learners

For questions about this information, contact Kevin Anderson (608) 266-3319