San Francisco Workshop
Science in the Learning Gardens: Factors that Support Ethnic and Racial Minority Students’ Success in Low-Income Middle Schools
To address the troubling trends of underrepresentation of racial and ethnic minority students in STEM and of student disengagement in schools, Portland State University and Portland Public School District have partnered to create Science in the Learning Gardens (SciLG), a program that brings together two recent education movements: adoption of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and a surge of national interest in garden-based learning.
Biocomplexity has emerged as an umbrella science that helps us understand how humans are an integral part of nature. Thinking about humans as agents within and for ecosystems as opposed to external actors who produce an impact is a radically different way to think about people in the world, and brings a number of new perspectives to the practice of ecology.
CIRCL brings together the research of more than 200 separately funded research projects in the National Science Foundation theme of “cyberlearning.” New technologies change what and how people learn. Informed by learning science, cyberlearning is the use of new technology to create effective new learning experiences that were never possible or practical before. The cyberlearning movement advances learning of important content by: