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Oct. 29, 2019 Webinar: Is the Science Enough
Tuesday, October 29, 2019, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM CST
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Webinar: Is the Science Enough?

October 29, 2019 at 2 p.m. CST

Districts around the country are desperately seeking high-quality instructional materials that translate the NGSS into a coherent set of learning experiences to support student learning of the content. But is just a logical learning progression of science standards enough to create a classroom culture that can close persistent opportunity gaps that disproportionately limit students of color and students of poverty? Insights from the learning sciences tell us that agency and belonging are critical to learning. Join in a generative conversation to consider how instructional materials, professional learning, and classroom practice can come together to ensure students of the nondominant culture feel their voice has influence on their own learning and others’ learning and they too are valued members who belong in a community of learners.

Dr. Carolyn Landel, Managing Director, Charles A. Dana Center, University of Texas at Austin; Shelly LeDoux, Ed.D., Professional Learning Facilitator, K-12 Services, The University of Texas at Austin | Charles A. Dana Center and Nicole Martin

About Dr. Landel: Dr. Carolyn Landel is the managing director of the Charles A. Dana Center, a math and science research unit at The University of Texas at Austin that works to dismantle barriers in education systems to ensure that all students—especially those from diverse ethnic backgrounds and low-income families—have equitable access to an excellent education. She oversees the mobilization of personnel and programs to develop innovative and practical solutions to persistent institutional policy and practice problems these systems face in raising student achievement. Dr. Landel leads the Field Test Implementation Center (housed at the Dana Center) for the OpenSciEd Developers Consortium, a start-up effort involving science curriculum developers and state agency leaders to author open-source instructional materials and professional learning. Dr. Landel was previously chief program officer for Washington STEM, a nonprofit dedicated to advancing science, technology, engineering, and math education in Washington state. She created innovative partnerships with districts, higher education institutions, and state and national STEM education organizations and agencies. Dr. Landel was also project director of the North Cascades and Olympic Science Partnership at Western Washington University, supporting science and science education faculty from two- and four-year campuses, administrators from regional education service districts, and teacher-leaders and their principals and district administrators.

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