2021 Los Angeles Area Conference

December 9-11, 2021

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FILTERS APPLIED:9 - 12, Developing More Inclusive Classrooms, Physical Science


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Making Science Inquiry Work for Emergent Bilinguals

Friday, December 10 • 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Los Angeles Convention Center - 511

STRAND: Developing More Inclusive Classrooms

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Learn how the structure of your inquiry activities can produce roadblocks for emergent bilinguals, and how shifts based on student strengths increase engagement and success.

1. Good science modeling uses words and picture to make meaning. Working through multiple representations of phenomena shares similarities to translanguaging among bilinguals, resulting in a resource as opposed to a deficit approach to learning; 2. Student collaborations centered around representations, as opposed to language, are more inclusive and improve understanding for all students; and 3. Generative frameworks through chunking steps and heuristics allow for organization of understanding and context transfer.

Christopher Moore (University of Nebraska Omaha: Omaha, NE)

Creating and Maintaining an Equitable Science Classroom

Saturday, December 11 • 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Los Angeles Convention Center - 408B

STRAND: Developing More Inclusive Classrooms

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STEM classrooms should establish a welcoming environment in which all individuals can use their cultural knowledge and practices to make sense of the world.

1. A shared understanding of equity and social justice in science classrooms and STEM communities; 2. Approaches to identify and honor student-lived experiences and cultures; and 3. Challenge conventional notions of what counts as science.

Jon Kovach (UCLA Science Project: Los Angeles, CA)

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