Georgia State University Commits to Creating Data Literacy Curriculum for K-12 Instructors
Georgia State University is committed to data science education for all and has declared its commitment through the Data Science for Everyone (datascience4everyone.org) coalition. With a partnership between the College of Education & Human Development (CEHD) and the University Library, Georgia State University aims to become an industry leader in creating data literacy curriculum for K-12 instructors.
The Data Science for Everyone coalition is a national movement for advancing data literacy in our K-12 education system. Originally created by the University of Chicago Center for Radical Innovation for Social Change and inspired by economist Steve Levitt’s “Freakonomics” podcast on high school math, the movement is a coalition of 160+ educational leaders, policymakers, and industry partners pressing to make data literacy a national priority.
Georgia State University is seeking funding partners through the DSE program to support its commitment to making data literacy more accessible. Faculty from the College of Education & Human Development, working in collaboration with the University Library, will assemble an interdisciplinary team to create self-paced, online training modules for K-12 teachers. The curriculum will demonstrate the value and relevance of data literacy concepts across STEM, social science, business, and arts and humanities disciplines and prepare teachers to share these concepts with their students, in middle school and beyond.
“These data science micro-credentialing classes will not only build data literacy concepts but will grow teachers’ capacity to incorporate data literacy into their teaching practices across disciplines,” said Dr. Lauren Margulieux, CEHD assistant professor.
“The College of Education & Human Development and the University Library are natural partners on this initiative,” said Bryan Sinclair, associate dean for public services at the University Library. Sinclair noted the past successes of CEHD faculty creating micro-credentialing programs for pre-service and in-service teachers and the University Library’s experience providing data literacy instruction, including the library’s current project to develop early college data science curriculum through its Public Interest Data Literacy (PIDLit) program.
Georgia State University is committed to empowering teachers with data literacy concepts and lessons that will empower their students to be more effective as critical thinkers and data users. Expanding these efforts to the high schools is a logical next step for this initiative as Georgia State University faculty seeks to expand students’ college readiness and increase awareness of data science-related careers.