Share Paper: Science for All: Making science instruction equitable and accessible for English Learners

  1. Jeanne Ingle, Bridgewater State University, United States
  2. Heather Pacheco-Guffrey, Bridgewater State University, United States
Wednesday, March 20 5:45 PM-7:00 PM Celebrity Ballroom 1&2

Abstract: Common Core (CC) domains of English language arts (ELA) and mathematics dominate the elementary school day. With limited time in the day, this means that science instruction is often delivered solely through ELA, which requires grade-level reading comprehension and fluency. Though long-identified as a poor means to foster science learning for anyone, for English learners (EL), science conceptual learning is made largely inaccessible by this approach. This lack of access to science learning reduces EL’s development of science literacy and blocks opportunities for these young learners to even consider becoming part of the American science pipeline. Science instruction through ELA ...