RAICA is in need of up to six (6) teachers to co-design a high school AI curriculum with us. Teacher co-designers will be involved in different capacities throughout the entire design process (see table below), with the option to continue as a pilot partner for an additional semester in fall 2024.
Teacher co-designer qualifications
- Must teach at a public or non-profit school or program for students ages 15-19, including out of school clubs or library programs
- Must work with students who are acquiring or practicing grade level computer science skills according to CSTA or UK standards and be able to support the development of their students’ computer science skills.
- International and rural partners are encouraged to apply.
- Preference for teachers who work with students from under-resourced and underserved schools and communities, under-represented or oft-marginalized groups, or students facing immediate challenges to their education, e.g., special needs, political or asylum status, gender identity, sexual-orientation, etc.
- RAICA cannot provide translated curriculum materials during this phase of design so teachers must be able to provide instruction in English or be responsible for translating their own materials. However, RAICA can provide translated parent consent, student assent, and a summary of the research goals.
- Enthusiasm and willingness to try new things and meaningfully incorporate AI into their classroom
- Strong support from school/program administration Teacher co-designer compensation Stipend: Teacher co-designers will be paid a $2,500 stipend that will be paid out in two, $1,250 installments (January 2024 and August 2024).
Professional development: Teacher co-designers will work closely with our professional development designer and receive one-on-one support during module testing.
Public recognition: You and your school will be acknowledged as design partners on the RAICA website.
Link to application: https://tinyurl.com/RAICAcodesign23
Applications accepted through May 31, 2023
The MIT Responsible AI for Computational Action (RAICA) Curriculum Project is looking for a research assistant to join our team in the fall 2023 and spring 2024 semester, possibly through summer 2024. The RAICA team, comprising AI and CS experts from MIT’s CSAIL and Personal Robots Group as well as educators from the Scheller Teacher Education Program and Open Learning, is developing an inclusive AI Literacy curriculum intended for middle school or early high school students. In an effort to bring diverse voices into the project, we are partnering with schools and afterschool programs from across the United States and co-designing the curriculum with both teachers and students.
In our third year of development, the RAICA team has collected data from previous iterations of curriculum units and is prepared to roll out additional iterations in the upcoming year. As such, the research assistant will have ample opportunities to learn about and assist with various aspects of data management and analysis including surveys, video data, and artifacts generated from the curriculum lessons as well as co-design sessions.
Some tasks include:
- Organizing data, including but not limited to
- Digitizing hardcopies of student work
- Sorting student work into analyzable format
- Making sense of content information in student work
- Computational thinking
- AI literacy skills (critical evaluation of AI technologies; communication and collaboration with AI; use of AI tools online)
- Engaging in qualitative analysis
- Using coding schemas
- Coding video-recorded data
- Coding artifacts
- Providing insight from teaching perspectives
We hope that candidates will:
- Come with interest in curriculum development (experience is a plus, but not required)
- Be enthusiastic about AI application and Computational Thinking (experience teaching CS or AI topics is a plus, but not required)
- Be open to learning qualitative analysis (experience is a plus, but not required)
- Have experience in teaching adolescents, whether in formal or informal settings
- Thrive in a collaborative setting with opportunities to contribute your own ideas to the project
This Research Assistantship is an opportunity to be involved in an inclusive, project-based learning AI curriculum development, and gain valuable insight into how research and design work hand-in-hand in a design-based research environment that directly impacts student learning.
As many of our partner sites are remote, the intern can be based anywhere as long as joining meetings and virtual collaborative working sessions on east coast time is feasible. The time commitment is 10-20 hours per week during the school year 2023-2024, and up to 30-40 hours per week during the summer. Applications will be accepted through May 12, 2023.