Discussion centers on tools to properly analyze black
students’ scientific work to determine if the misconceptions and
misunderstandings are a learning issue or language issue. Emphasis will be
placed on the use of language to reduce the ethnic achievement gap in
1. Analyzing students’ work from a linguistic lens; 2.
Recognizing biases when it comes to student language; and 3. Pushing Black students academically forward without making them feel torn between two language worlds.
Jonte' Lee (Whittier Elementary: Kansas City, KS)