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)