Creating equitable connected learning experiences for teachers, students, and parents

Keisha Varma, Elena Contreras Gullickson, Tayler Loiselle, Corissa Rohloff, Isabel Lopez, Samuel Bullard, Lucas Simpson, Abdirashid Abdi

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Abstract

In this paper, we summarize a project that uses an online social learning environment (SLE) to address the persistent achievement gap in science. Our goals are to design responsive teacher professional development, create opportunities that amplify parent voices and family involvement, and support student identity. In our work, teachers have an innovative method of instruction and a new tool for cultivating home-school partnerships centered on academics. Students have a method of engaging in scientific practices that are relevant to their experiences, and parents have a new avenue for contributing to their child's science learning. Our overall research goal is to create connected learning experiences for teachers, students, and families. We present descriptive findings that show how our work is helping teachers to integrate science and culture. We also present ways that students and parents are being invited to share their personal and cultural identities in science classes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication14th International Conference of the Learning Sciences
Subtitle of host publicationThe Interdisciplinarity of the Learning Sciences, ICLS 2020 - Conference Proceedings
EditorsMelissa Gresalfi, Ilana Seidel Horn
PublisherInternational Society of the Learning Sciences (ISLS)
Pages2305-2308
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9781732467286
StatePublished - 2020
Event14th International Conference of the Learning Sciences: The Interdisciplinarity of the Learning Sciences, ICLS 2020 - Nashville, United States
Duration: Jun 19 2020Jun 23 2020

Publication series

NameComputer-Supported Collaborative Learning Conference, CSCL
Volume4
ISSN (Print)1573-4552

Conference

Conference14th International Conference of the Learning Sciences: The Interdisciplinarity of the Learning Sciences, ICLS 2020
CountryUnited States
CityNashville
Period6/19/206/23/20

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was funded by the National Science Foundation under Grant #1657088. Special thanks to all of the teachers, students, and parents who participated in this work and shared their thoughts and ideas with us.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2020 International Society of the Learning Sciences (ISLS). All rights reserved.

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