This exploratory study develops and pilot-tests a model for improving science teaching and learning with middle school ELLs. Study goals include: (1) clarifying pedagogical constructs of language-rich science inquiry and the academic language of science and their relationships across the learning contexts of middle school science classrooms, teacher professional development and family science workshops, (2) developing and refining instruments to study these constructs in context, and (3) conducting pilot tests of the model and instruments.
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Martha Allexsaht-Snider is an Associate Professor in the Department of Elementary and Social Studies Education at the University of Georgia. Her research interests include: family-school-community interactions in diverse settings including Latino communities and rural México; professional development and equity in mathematics and science education; and creative approaches to teacher education in diverse contexts. She has worked with national and international grants in the areas of science and math education for immigrant students and families and teacher education for rural and indigenous teachers in México.