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The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine
Board on Science Education
Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education
 English Learners in STEM Subjects: Transforming Classrooms, Schools, and Lives

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Released in October 2018, this publication from the Board on Science Education and the Board on Children, Youth, and Families calls 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.

Sponsors: The National Science Foundation

Read the Executive Summary  | 
Read or download the Report Read the Press Release | Read the Highlights

Webinar Slides
Read Overview  |  Read Preservice and In-service  | Read Promising Instructional Strategies |
Read Building Capacity | Read Assessment

Archived Webcast 

Public Briefing - Irvine, California

STEM Education Stakeholder Day - Washington, DC

Webinar Series on English Learners in STEM Subjects


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Commissioned Papers 

Teacher's Knowledge and Beliefs about English Learners and their Impact on STEM Learning - Julie Bianchini, University of California, Santa Barbara
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K-12 English Learner's Science and Math Education: A Question of Curricular Equity
Rebecca M. Callahan, University of Texas, Austin
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EL STEM Committee Report: Secondary Science Education for English Learners
Sara Tolbert, University of Arizona
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The Role of the ESL Teacher in Relation to Content Teachers - Sultan Turkan, Educational Testing Services
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Mathematics Education and Young Dual Language Learners - Sylvia Celedon-Pattichis, Univeristy of New Mexico
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Committee Information

Committee Biographies

David J. Francis (Chair), University of Houston
Alison Bailey, University of California, Los Angeles
Hyman Bass, University of Michigan
Cory Buxton, Oregon State University (Began committee, University of Georgia) 
Kathryn Chyal, University of Missouri
Marta Civil, University of Arizona
Christine M. Cunningham, Museum of Science
Leslie Herrenkohl, University of Michigan (Began committee, University of Washington)  
Megan Hopkins, University of California, San Diego
Okhee Lee, New York University 
Judit Moschkovich, University of California, Santa Cruz
K. Renae Pullen, Caddo Parish Public Schools
Maria Santos, WestEd
Mary Schleppegrell, University of Michigan
Guillermo Solano-Flores, Stanford University 


Staff Information


Amy Stephens, Study Director
Kenne Dibner, Program Officer
Suzanne Le Menestrel, Senior Program Officer, BCYF
Margaret Kelly, Senior Program Assistant
Tiffany Taylor, Research Associate
Heidi Schweingruber, Director, BOSE




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