Okhee Lee, Professor of Childhood Education at New York University
STEM Education for All Students, Including English Learners
Three emerging forces promise to shape the landscape of STEM education: growing student diversity, increasing academic rigor of content standards, and advancing technological innovations. The convergence of broadening participation in STEM subjects through technological innovations represents the lives of students and teachers. As disciplinary practices in STEM subjects (e.g., develop models, argue from evidence, construct explanations) are language intensive, engagement in these practices presents both learning opportunities and demands to all students, especially English learners. Using classroom examples, this presentation will highlight the mutually supportive nature of instructional shifts in STEM subjects and second language acquisition.
Science and Language Assessment of All Students, Including English Learners
The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) three-dimensional instruction and assessment present both opportunities and challenges to teachers, especially involving student diversity and equity. This session will address how to design science instruction that incorporates formative assessment of science and language with all students, including English learners. After engaging in a science investigation, participants will assess student-developed models in terms of both science and language, and consider how to use the assessment to inform instructional next steps.
Okhee Lee is a professor in the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development at New York University. Her research areas include science education, language and culture, and teacher education. She is leading collaborative research between New York University and Stanford University to develop instructional materials aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) in order to promote science learning and language learning of elementary students including English learners. She is also leading collaborative research with MIT and Vanderbilt University to integrate computational thinking and modeling in NGSS-aligned instructional materials. She was a member of the NGSS writing team and served as leader for the NGSS Diversity and Equity Team. She was also a member of the Steering Committee for the Understanding Language Initiative at Stanford University.