simEquity: Improving Student Learning While Decreasing Bias in Teaching Through Simulation
NSF Research on Emerging Technologies for Teaching and Learning (RETTL) (2021-2024)
The simEquity project, in collaboration with simSchool, aims to contribute to a more just and equitable society in the future by encouraging teachers to identify, reflect on and correct revealed biases. This three-year project will implement a scalable model for developing equitable, culturally responsive teaching practices through a simulated teaching environment. The outcomes of this project will identify best practices that can be implemented on a broad scale to help teachers recognize and mitigate the influence of implicit bias that often impacts student success. Bias reduction in teaching practices is a key foundation for enabling future leaders of society to achieve their highest innate and positively nurtured potential. The COVID-19 Pandemic has highlighted disparities in learning and emphasized the importance of socio-emotional stability for the long-term well-being of students and teachers.