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!