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WONDER AND COLLABORATE FOR THE NEXT GENERATION: USING SCIENCE TO PROMOTE LANGUAGE AND LITERACY FOR ALL STUDENTS
Creating a learning experience for all students to meet all standards is hard work and should not be done in isolation. Moving science instruction forward at the elementary level can be difficult given school and district constraints, barriers, and limitations when literacy is often the primary focus. What if we used the wonder of science to engage students in a meaningful pursuit of knowledge, to think and act like scientists, thus providing the impetus needed to promote language and literacy? What if we collaborated using the Next Generation Science Standards as the instructional framework for integration to develop language and literacy in all students, but especially our English Learners?
This workshop builds off of the learnings of the Math Science Partnership Grant: Expansion of K-6 NGSS Science Instructional Specialists and Beaverton School District NGSS units. Experience active engagement of phenomenon-based activities throughout this session with modeling by classroom teachers. Receive support on how to have your students be captivated, capable and committed learners who are scientifically literate! Using research based instructional strategies and classroom tested learning experiences, workshop participants will go through a coherent and cohesive plan for how to move science instruction into the next generation where rigorous science and rich language support each other.
WORKSHOP PRESENTER: CAROL BISKUPIC KNIGHT
With 38 years of experience in the field of education, Carol Biskupic Knight has an in-depth and integral understanding of the needs of classroom students and teachers through 28 years as a classroom teacher of 1st-7th grades. Her knowledge and experience in curriculum and instruction as a district science specialist, Science Partnership Teacher on Special Assignment, Elementary Science Curriculum Specialist and STEAM Coordinator brings a love and foundational understanding of effective science teaching, especially at the elementary level. Carol was part of the national and state level Next Generation Science Standards review and implementation teams and has developed professional development coursework, workshops and trainings for classroom teachers and informal educators on understanding and aligning instruction to the NGSS standards. With teaching certification in special education and talented and gifted, along with a focused study on English Language Learners, Carol has a strong passion to incorporate the NGSS Equity and Diversity lens into her work with teachers so that all elementary students have effective science instruction. Her current position as STEAM coordinator at Sato Elementary School in Beaverton allows her to work with both teachers and students using the wonder of science and STEAM to engage students in a meaningful pursuit of knowledge and provide the impetus needed to promote literacy and language that is such a key focus at the elementary level.