RESEARCH BRIEF: From Frameworks to Classrooms: Promising Practices for California English Learners/Emergent Bilinguals in STEM
The California Department of Education will soon release a new Mathematics Framework that could significantly strengthen the pipeline of underrepresented English learners/emergent bilinguals (ELs/EBs) into STEM careers. SEAL’s latest brief – From Frameworks to Classrooms: Promising Practices for California English Learners/Emergent Bilinguals in STEM – focuses on research-based guidance from a 2018 National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) report and brings to life how California educators can align the proposed Math Framework policy with the realities of teaching and learning in the classroom.
Authored by SEAL Program Manager Dr. Joanna Meadvin, the brief shares how SEAL teachers cultivate inclusive and affirming classroom cultures that celebrate multilingualism as an asset; actively engage with math and science curricular materials, transforming them to be responsive to students’ language and content needs; and provide ELs/EBs with multiple opportunities for rigorous, scaffolded engagement with math and science content.
This brief will help educators enact equitable and effective practices that align with the 2018 NASEM report as well as potentially support implementation of the proposed Mathematics Framework.