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Monday, June 24 • 8:45am - 10:15am
Building a Coherent System of Science Education to Support Shifts Toward Equitable Science Teaching and Learning Aligned to the Framework for K- 12 Science Education

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Douglas A. Watkins and William R. Penuel will share work they have done through a Research-Practice Partnership (RPP) between CU Boulder (CU) and Denver Public Schools (DPS) to provide equitable access to high-school science instruction designed for the Framework K-12 Science Education. The work they share will demonstrate a systems-based approach to changing the classroom experiences for students in a large, urban school district.

Their curricular approach includes a full-year, co-designed, storylined biology curriculum with embedded interest surveys, a system of assessments, and culminating design challenges that connect to students' communities. They have designed a multi-year professional-development system for curriculum and assessment focusing curriculum implementation, adaptations and enhancements and assessment analysis, evaluation, and design.

Watkins and Penuel will share the successes and challenges of their work within an RPP, including teacher and student engagement, outcomes, curriculum adoption, variability in implementation , school-leadership understanding and support, sustainability of design challenges, and infrastructuring.

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Douglas Watkins

Science Curriculum Specialist, Denver Public Schools
Douglas A. Watkins is a science curriculum specialist in a large, urban school district, Denver Public Schools (DPS). His work in that capacity includes partnering with CU Boulder researchers through a Research-Practice Partnership (iHub). He is a co-author of the iHub Biology curriculum... Read More →
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Bill Penuel

Professor, University of Colorado Boulder
National Center for Research in Policy and Practice, which is focused on how school and district leaders use research. He is one of the developers of an approach to improvement research called Design-Based Implementation Research. He is a member-elect of the National Academy of Education and a Fellow of the International Society of the Learning Sciences.">William R. Penuel is a professor of learning sciences and human development in the Institute of Cognitive Science in the School of Education at the University... Read More →

Monday June 24, 2019 8:45am - 10:15am EDT
Merritt Ballroom