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Implementing a Synergistic Approach: Literacy Within the Context of Science

Explore a research-based approach to curricular integration that capitalizes on the synergies between science and literacy. Developed collaboratively by UC Berkeley’s Lawrence Hall of Science and Graduate School of Education, research studies have shown that this instructional model provides gains for students in science knowledge while supporting high-need learners in developing academic language. Through exemplars, listeners will experience strategies designed to support all students in the understanding of science content and the development of a set of literacy and cognitive skills that are generative and transferable across disciplines.

This talk was presented at:
National Title I Conference
January 2016 in Houston, Texas
Rebecca Abbott

Rebecca earned a Master’s Degree in Education from San Francisco State University with a focus on English language learners’ language development in mathematics. She taught at public elementary schools, in Title I schools with majority ELL populations for 12 years, and was an academic literacy and English Learner coach at a K-5 Title I bilingual elementary school. She earned the English Language Learner Coach of the Year award for Alameda County in 2009. She has been a presenter and teacher leader for California Reading and Literature Project as well as presenter for integrated science and literacy curriculum approaches from The Lawrence Hall of Science for the past 4 years.

Traci Wierman

Traci was a public school educator for 17 years. She spent 9 of those years coordinating the district Title I math program, working across district schools to support the instructional aides and teaching staff responsible for advancing student knowledge and skills in mathematics. She earned her Specially Designed Academic Instruction In English (SDAIE) Certification in 1995. Ms. Wierman currently leads curriculum implementation efforts for the Learning Design Group at UC Berkeley’s Lawrence Hall of Science.