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Next Generation Science Standards Biology Curriculum for Secondary Education with English Language Learner Supports

This project created a secondary education curriculum for an ecology unit in a Biology class that integrated the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and included supports for English Language Learner (ELL) students. This project researched what curriculum should be included to satisfy the NGSS, best science practices, differentiation strategies for ELLs, and growth mindset practices for recording student progress. The best practices for effectively teaching science include inquiry based learning, use of thoughtful lesson design, and discrepant effects and phenomena. Educators can support English Language Learners by incorporating the California ELD Standards, implementing academic science vocabulary development tools, as well as specially designed academic instruction in English (SDAIE) strategies, and culturally relevant pedagogy. Student learning is enhanced through the use of growth mindset strategies such as student designed experimentation and digital portfolios to track learning. This curriculum was implemented at Orange Glen High School in Escondido, California by five Biology teachers and modified during their Professional Learning Community to better support student learning.

This project created a secondary education curriculum for an ecology unit in a Biology class that integrated the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and included supports for English Language Learner (ELL) students. This project researched what curriculum should be included to satisfy the NGSS, best science practices, differentiation strategies for ELLs, and growth mindset practices for recording student progress. The best practices for effectively teaching science include inquiry based learning, use of thoughtful lesson design, and discrepant effects and phenomena. Educators can support English Language Learners by incorporating the California ELD Standards, implementing academic science vocabulary development tools, as well as specially designed academic instruction in English (SDAIE) strategies, and culturally relevant pedagogy. Student learning is enhanced through the use of growth mindset strategies such as student designed experimentation and digital portfolios to track learning. This curriculum was implemented at Orange Glen High School in Escondido, California by five Biology teachers and modified during their Professional Learning Community to better support student learning.

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