Practice Brief 73 -- Topics: Equity Culture Instruction

Connecting science instruction to neighborhood life through collaborative design with community

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Why it Matters to You

What is the Issue

Educators can find important ways to support students’ science learning in home and neighborhood contexts. This is an opportunity to expand ideas of where and how science is done and what knowledge relates to science. When educators design science learning in collaboration with community members, families, and students, they can give young people more expansive perspectives on who does science, how and where they do it, and how science relates to their lives and the flourishing of their communities. In these ways, education can be more accountable to community histories, interests, and expertise.



Reflection Questions

Where in your curriculum can you see points of intersection between school, home, and neighborhood learning?

How can existing school and community networks be leveraged in these efforts? (E.g., language instructional assistants often hold deep relationships with families.)

Things to Consider

Attending to Equity

Recommended Actions You Can Take


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