Session 11: Understanding Access and Equity


In this session, participants experience a science lesson as language learners so as to better understand the need to attend to access and equity in their science instruction. Note: this specific lesson can be replaced with any other lesson that provides a hands-on, concrete experience with sufficient scaffolds for participants to make sense of in a language in which they may not be proficient. Participants read, take notes, and discuss the FOSS Access and Equity Chapter to learn more about how to establish a culture of talk that enables participation in sense-making discussions.

In this session, participants engage in a model FOSS® (Full Option Science System) lesson that uses argumentation strategies. (Full Option Science System, Next Generation Edition, developed at the Lawrence Hall of Science; Published and Distributed by Delta Education/School Specialty.) The Energy Module is designed for grade 4.


Argumentation– Identify the assets and supports that students from vulnerable populations need so as to engage in argumentation.
– Learn how to incorporate practices for supporting vulnerable populations of students to engage in science argumentation. 
Learning and Teaching– Connect support for emergent multilingual students to strategies currently used to accelerate English language development.

Leader Guide and Slides