NSF Funding for Julie Brown’s Team to Study Biology Instruction

With funding from the National Science Foundation (2010153), RIEL Biology seeks to use design-based research to support teachers and emergent bilingual students in high school biology classrooms with an innovative new model. The model builds on research related to culturally responsive instruction; funds of knowledge (including work on identity affirmation and collaboration); and linguistically responsive instruction (including using students’ home languages and multiple modalities, and explicit attention to academic language). The project team, led by Julie Brown, also includes Co-PI’s Mark Pacheco (UF-ESOL and Bilingual Education), Ellen Davis (UF-Biology), and Karl Jung (USF-Science Education). The collaboration will include two partner school districts that will allow the work to impact about 11,000 high school students and 30 biology teachers in Florida. Congratulations, Team!