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Synthesis, Documentation, and Resources

Exploring Science and English Language Development: Implications for Teacher Professional Learning

A conference hosted by the Institute for Inquiry at the Exploratorium

Synthesis, Documentation, and Resources

Conference Synthesis & Recommendations (PDF)
A summary of the conference sessions that highlights the findings and recommendations that emerged through presentations and working groups.

Conference Documentation (PDF)
A 168-page document that includes a complete transcription of presentations and discussions during all conference sessions, as well as selected charts, slides and photographs.

Conference Schedule (PDF)



Conference White Papers

Papers authored and presented by conference participants as case studies in professional development.

We Are All Talking to Learn Science: Finding the Right Fit (PDF)
Lauren M. Shea, Director of Education, Outreach, and Diversity
Therese B. Shanahan, Science Academic Coordinator
University of California, Irvine

The Integration of English Language Development & Inquiry Science into a Blended Lesson Design (PDF)
Susan Gomez Zwiep, Associate Professor, Science Education
California State University, Long Beach

Learning Language within the Context of Science: Creating a Professional Development Approach (PDF)
Lynn Rankin, Director, Institute for Inquiry, Exploratorium
Sarah Capitelli, Assistant Professor, Teacher Education, University of San Francisco
Paula K. Hooper, Senior Science Educator and Learning Research Scientist, Institute for Inquiry, Exploratorium



Pre-Reading for the Conference

The following paper was shared with participants in advance of the conference to provide a context for the presentations and conversations that were to follow.

Language Demands and Opportunities in Relation to the NGSS for ELLs: What Teachers Need to Know
Okhee Lee, Professor of Childhood Education, New York University
Helen Quinn,  Professor Emerita of Physics, SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, Stanford University
Guadalupe Valdés, Bonnie Katz Tenenbaum Professor of Education, Stanford University
Understanding Language, Stanford University



Biographies of Conference Participants (PDF)