Human Subjects Clarifications

Hi Team –

As per a conversation with Ms. Buckwell, I have an update on IRB processes for the current work we are doing:

  1. Culturally sustaining ambitious science teaching: We are good with our existing data paragraph on p. 7 of the approved protocol. YAY!!
  2. College STARS do not need to be Citi Certified. We need to add a modification for the currently approved protocol to describe this Consequential Learning work. In it, we will describe how we are going to use existing data (their films) and invite participants back to reflect on their experiences and what these experiences have meant to them. (Sherin – you good with drafting this?)
  3. Chords: Sherin, we will talk on Friday. Bottom line, she recommends collecting stuff (trying not to call it data) as documentation for the design of the program but not call it research. After the program is up and running, propose to study the “existing artifacts.”
  4. I didn’t talk about AR because we already know where we are with that.

Human Subjects Certification & my Bday

Friday, we worked together on understanding what it means to do research with human subjects and the STARS began the process of becoming certified to do the work. I will leave it to Yang to highlight the key insights gained and the challenges we faced. At the end of the night, the crew surprised me with a birthday party – cake, presents, flowers, song – the whole nine yards. Even though it was freezing outside, I felt warm and so very loved!!

Morgan, April, Keyli, Desari, Sherin, Chib, Yang and Danielle – but if you look even more closely, you would be able to see Sonyalice and Desmonet in little boxes on the computer screen!

Picking Teams and SDT Overview

Goals: The Get Real! Science Research Group is committed to merging diverse lenses to understand and make positive change for urban youth and the adults who teach them in and through science.


  • Invest in thinking about the various projects and choose one to work on for the semester
  • Develop our understandings of self determination theory and how it relates to the work of STARS

For our journals:



Email our group:

Blackboard organizations: Science STARS – see the different projects

Confidentiality – a must!!

Note Taking – Google Doc – Xiaoyu started us off – thanks!

RSRB – EPRP # – -email it to April – Nick sent out the information (attached a pdf and this note: Please follow the directions in the PDF attached below to start the certification process.) Here is a link the RCSB’s initial certification page:

Self-Determination Theory
Nick offered an overview of SDT. Afterward, I found this image to be inspiring as we were thinking about the teachers’ role in nurturing learners moves toward intrinsic motivation:
SDT Teacher image
Figure 1. A pictorial representation of the self-determination model of motivational development. Reprinted from Skinner and Chi (2012). Retrieved from on January 29, 2016.
One thing I don’t want to forget: We need to tell the story of how motivating it is for teachers to “achieve” (not sure that’s the right word) the goals of SDT with youth in STARS and in the classroom.  Really important contribution!

Kick starting an awesome year of STARS research

Today’s meeting was full of conversations that married history with possibilities.  Defining a research trajectory for the upcoming year is full of challenges:

  • Where do we start?
  • How big do we go?
  • What conversations in the field do we want and feel prepared to be a part of?
  • Who’s saying what and why?
  • What is uniquely us?

That said, the conversations were ENERGIZED with considerations of the potential change that we can realize with the lenses, expertise, data and time that we have in our group.

We decided to start our work together by co-constructing a journal review, reading and discussing “Authoring Selves” from Identity and Agency in Cultural Worlds by Holland, Lachiocotte Jr., Skinner & Cain (1998), and filling a page with possible questions and studies.

Identity image

Can’t wait until next time!

GRS Research Group Congratulates Dr. Jeremiah!!

GRS Research Group will begin again soon… This group has had a rich history of fascinating conversations, important emotional support, and lots and lots of learning.  I  have been honored to work with all those who have been a part of the group, and I am eager to begin again!!

Today, I want to honor the accomplishments of Jeremiah Okal-Frink, Ph.D.  You’re dedication and persistence were and are inspiring.  The quality of your work in paper and in defense was exceptional. And, all along the way, you were a blessing to all of those lucky enough to be near you!!  Thank you!!  Can’t wait to see what you do next… hope to be a small part of it.

Okal-Frink, J. (2015). Co-constructed from the margins: The intersection of design, practice, and technology within changing classroom social space (Unpublished doctoral dissertation). University of Rochester, Rochester NY.



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