Next Generation Science Standards & ELLs

Helen Quinn & Okhee Lee
Sep 19, 2012 / 04:00 PM to 05:00 PM PDT

Helen Quinn and Okhee Lee will discuss NGSS and ELLs in this upcoming webinar.

The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) come at a pivotal moment in U.S. history, as major educational changes take place at the national level: On one hand, student demographics are changing rapidly while science achievement gaps persist. On the other, a new wave of science standards is emerging in states across the country. In addition to the focus on disciplinary core ideas, these standards emphasize scientific and engineering practices. Many of these practices are language intensive, and so the standards cannot be achieved unless students and teachers recognize and address the increased language demands and opportunities. This is especially true for the millions of English Language Learners (ELLs) in the nation’s schools.

This free webinar will address the following topics: First, Helen Quinn and Okhee Lee will summarize major shifts in the NGSS, as compared to earlier standards. Second, they will share tools and resources to help teachers of ELLs navigate this new landscape. Third, they will discuss language demands and learning opportunities as ELLs participate in the science and engineering practices.

Ten lucky registrants will receive an "Understanding Language at Stanford University" mug!