2021 National Harbor Area Conference

November 11-13, 2021

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FILTERS APPLIED:6 - 8, Hands-On Workshop, Developing More Inclusive Classrooms


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Moving Beyond the Bold Words: Meaningful Language Development Through Science and Engineering Practices

Thursday, November 11 • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center - Woodrow Wilson C

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NGSS Science and Engineering Practices
STEM Teaching Tool Sharing and Building on Each Others’ Ideas

STRAND: Developing More Inclusive Classrooms

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This workshop focuses on how high-quality instructional materials designed for the NGSS provide for language skills to be developed by all students, including emerging multilingual students, by engaging in Science and Engineering Practices.

(1) By engaging with content first before learning science-specific vocabulary, students of varying language proficiencies are provided with an opportunity to express their ideas using the language they have. (2) Implementing meaningful student discourse in the science classroom can shift the focus on science and engineering practices and away from academic vocabulary. (3) Strategies that support emerging multilingual learners actually support all learners in developing proficiency in the science and engineering practices.

Neelo Soltanzadeh (WestEd: San Francisco, CA)

Supporting All Students in Making Sense of Phenomena by Building All of Their Intellectual Resources

Saturday, November 13 • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center - Woodrow Wilson C

STRAND: Developing More Inclusive Classrooms

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Students bring amazing intellectual resources to make sense of natural phenomena. Come learn how to notice and leverage these resources in your teaching.

1. identify equity dimensions of sense-making through the science and engineering practices 2. learn to see different ways students contribute to making sense of phenomena - and connect to science. 3. better appreciate that navigating multiple ways of knowing is the basic human condition, not the exception.

Michael Heinz (New Jersey Dept. of Education: Trenton, NJ), Lauren Thompson Allen (D.C. Office of the State Superintendent of Education: Washington, DC), Deb Morrison (University of Washington: No City, No State), Tana Luther (Louisiana Dept. of Education: Baton Rouge, LA)

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