Western Educational Equity Assistance Center
Persistent inequities exist for students of color and our English Language Learners (ELLs) in STEM education. The term ELL places the emphasis and importance on the English language while minimizing the importance of a student’s primary language. More recently, the term multilingual learner (MLL) is being used to describe students whose primary language is not English, decentering English and honoring that students may be learning English as a second, third, fourth or even fifth language! This course will examine how language acquisition, culture, and principles of learning intersect to give participants tools to more effectively teach our MLLs. MLLs carry with them into our STEM classrooms (and ultimately, our STEM workplaces) “funds of knowledge” (Moll et al. 1992) and community cultural wealth (Yosso 2005) – knowledges born out of their experiences in their homes and communities and from their home languages and cultures. While the demands for a diverse STEM workforce have increased over time, MLLs continue to be underrepresented and marginalized from STEM fields. In this course, we will learn how to create student-centered STEM learning environments that allow MLLs to thrive by meeting the learning needs of our MLLs. This approach creates the learning space for MLLs to achieve high academic standards and fully participate in our STEM classrooms.
The suggested amount of Professional Development Units for this course is 8 contact hours. MSU Denver will issue a certificate of completion and it is at the discretion of state licensing agencies, school districts, or local educational agency to recognize completion for professional development credits.
1) Make sure you have a google account as you will need to sign in. You can create one at no cost using any email address.
2) Go to Google Classroom at the following link and sign into your google account: https://classroom.google.com
3) Once you are signed in click on the + sign at the top right hand of the page. On the dropdown menu click on Join Class.
4) A pop-up screen will ask for the class code. Use the following code to access the course: znjaurj