Making Sense of SCIENCE: Going Deep to Go Far by Linking Science and Literacy Instruction

By Kirsten Daehler, Kathy Huncosky

Produced by SchoolsMovingUp at WestEd

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If leadership tomorrow depends on how we educate our students today, then what can we do to facilitate deep conceptual learning, both for students and teachers?

Kirsten Daehler, Senior Research Associate at WestEd and Director of Understanding Science for Teaching, and Kathy Huncosky, Science Instructional Resource Teacher from the Madison Metropolitan School District, share facilitation strategies that all teachers (and teacher educators) can use to support science learning, regardless of their curriculum.

The presenters share facilitation principles that get learners to dive deeper into the science, to reason about ideas in evidence-based ways, and to communicate using multiple languages of science.

They draw examples from Making Sense of SCIENCE (MSS) professional development and share findings from a national randomized controlled study showing significant positive effects in science learning for teachers and their students, including English learners, students with disabilities, and students who otherwise struggle with science.

This webinar provides tips for helping teachers and science educators:

  • Keep conversations evidence-based
  • Make thinking visible
  • Go beyond one explanation
  • Separate science ideas from individuals
  • Explore ideas with words, actions, images, and symbols


Resources for this webinar, such as audio recordings and PDFs of the PowerPoint presentation, are available for download in this folder.