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Supporting ELLs in Science Classrooms with the New Science Standards

Location: Room 1229 (PIC)

Target Audience: K-12

Abstract: Wyoming adopted new science standards in the fall of 2015. These new standards defined science as a three-dimensional composite of content, practices, and cross-cutting concepts, whichare ideas that connect concepts among the disciplines. The research supporting these standards calls for the use of instructional strategies that promote equitable classrooms driven by studentsand student-relevant contexts. Many strategies we promote in our professional development workshops with K-12 science teachers across Wyoming aid in equitable practice for all students, including ELLs. Dr. Claude Goldenberg, one of last year's keynote presentations, noted that,“what is effective for ELs is very similar to what is effective for students ‘in general’.” In other words, strategies conducive to academic success of ELLs are ones that work for all students; these new science standards support this view. By using relevant phenomena, student-driven units, reflective processes, and collaborative sense-making, teachers are finding ways to engage students and support conceptual understanding for students of all backgrounds and abilities. This presentation will explore these recent shifts and how these reform-based shifts support ELLs. Join us as we share some of our work, provide space to share ideas, and consider ours withinyour own practice.

Speakers:

Ana HousealAna Houseal, PhD, is an Associate Professor and Science Outreach Educator for the Science and Mathematics Teaching Center at the University of Wyoming. Her work focuses on science education in formal (public schools) and non-formal (National Parks) settings. Ana and Martha have been facilitating K-12 science teacher professional development around the state of Wyoming with regard to the implementation of the new science standards.


Martha InouyeMartha Inouye is a Research Scientist in the Science and Mathematics Teaching Center at the University of Wyoming. Her work focuses on the development and facilitation of K-12 science teacher professional development around the state of Wyoming. Specifically, she supports teacher understanding and implementation of the Wyoming State Science Content and Performance Standards. Martha has been working with the new science standards for the past four years and has spent the last two years

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