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 language||English (US)|
|Title of host publication||14th International Conference of the Learning Sciences|
|Subtitle of host publication||The Interdisciplinarity of the Learning Sciences, ICLS 2020 - Conference Proceedings|
|Editors||Melissa Gresalfi, Ilana Seidel Horn|
|Publisher||International Society of the Learning Sciences (ISLS)|
|Number of pages||4|
|State||Published - 2020|
|Event||14th International Conference of the Learning Sciences: The Interdisciplinarity of the Learning Sciences, ICLS 2020 - Nashville, United States|
Duration: Jun 19 2020 → Jun 23 2020
|Name||Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning Conference, CSCL|
|Conference||14th International Conference of the Learning Sciences: The Interdisciplinarity of the Learning Sciences, ICLS 2020|
|Period||6/19/20 → 6/23/20|
Bibliographical noteFunding 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.
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