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High-Quality Science Instruction: Building Conceptual Understanding and Language Skills for English Learners

By Kathy DiRanna, Susan Gomez-Zwiep


The confluence of Common Core State Standards (CCSS), Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), and 21st century skills provides an unparalleled opportunity to improve STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) education for all students, particularly English learners.

CCSS, NGSS, and 21st century skills point to a significant shift in education toward a deeper approach to learning—an approach that focuses on building both conceptual understanding and the language skills necessary to convey that understanding.

This paper, produced by WestEd’s Region IX Equity Assistance Center, supports the idea that high-quality science instruction serves as an effective method to achieve these goals, particularly for English learners.

High-Quality Science Instruction serves as the second part of an earlier Equity Assistance Center paper, Equal Access to Content Instruction for English Learners: An Example from Science.

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Copyright: 2013
Format: PDF
Pages: 12
Publisher: WestEd