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The imperative that all students, including English learners (ELs), achieve high academic standards and have opportunities to participate in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) learning has become even more urgent and complex given shifts in science and mathematics standards. As a group, these students are underrepresented in STEM fields in college and in the workforce at a time when the demand for workers and professionals in STEM fields is unmet and increasing. However, English learners bring a wealth of resources to STEM learning, including knowledge and interest in STEM-related content that is born out of their experiences in their homes and communities, home languages, variation in discourse practices, and, in some cases, experiences with schooling in other countries.

English Learners in STEM Subjects: Transforming Classrooms, Schools, and Lives examines the research on ELs’ learning, teaching, and assessment in STEM subjects and provides guidance on how to improve learning outcomes in STEM for these students. This report considers the complex social and academic use of language delineated in the new mathematics and science standards, the diversity of the population of ELs, and the integration of English as a second language instruction with core instructional programs in STEM.

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English Learners in STEM Subjects
English Learners in STEM Subjects: Transforming Classrooms, Schools, and Lives Overview (1 of 5 webinars)

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National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2018. English Learners in STEM Subjects: Transforming Classrooms, Schools, and Lives. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. https://doi.org/10.17226/25182.

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342 pages | 6 x 9 | 

ISBNs: 
  • Paperback:  978-0-309-47908-0
  • Ebook:  978-0-309-47911-0
DOI: https://doi.org/10.17226/25182

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English Learners in STEM Subjects

A shift is needed in how science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) subjects are taught to students in grades K-12 who are learning English, says a new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Educators should recognize the assets that English learners (ELs) bring to the classroom and understand that student performance is affected significantly by access to adequate program models and instruction. Opening avenues to success in STEM for the nation’s ELs offers opportunities to students and their families, and confers benefits to society, the report says.

English Learners in STEM Subjects: Transforming Classrooms, Schools, and Lives Overview (1 of 5 webinars)

The first part in a series of webinars based on the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine report "English Learners in STEM Subjects: Transforming, Classrooms, Schools, and Lives". This webinar provides an overview of the report calling for for a shift in how science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) subjects are taught to students in grades preK-12 who are learning English. The report recommends strategies for instruction in the classroom, requisite tools educators need, and ways for building capacity in schools and districts so that English learners have opportunities to develop proficiency in both STEM subjects and language.

English Learners in STEM Subjects: Webinar on Preservice and In-service Educator Preparation (2 of 5 webinars)

This second webinar in a series of five webinars is based on the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine report "English Learners in STEM Subjects: Transforming Classrooms, School and Lives" (2018). This webinar focuses on preservice and in-service preparation of educators who teach STEM content to English learners.The report recommends strategies for instruction in the classroom, requisite tools educators need, and ways for building capacity in schools and districts so that English learners have opportunities to develop proficiency in both STEM subjects and language.

English Learners in STEM Subjects: Classroom Instructional Strategies (3 of 5 webinars)

The album for all 5 webinars is: https://vimeo.com/album/5623390

English Learners in STEM Subjects: Building Capacity for Schools and Districts (4 of 5 webinars)

The album for all 5 webinars: https://vimeo.com/album/5623390

English Learners in STEM Subjects: Large-Scale and Classroom-Level Assessment (5 of 5 webinars)

The album for all 5 webinars: https://vimeo.com/album/5623390

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