New Standards Bring New Expectations: A Look at the Convergence of Science and Literacy across Grades K-12

Presenters: Jacqueline Barber, Jacqueline Miller

With the Next Generation Science Standards and the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts has come the convergence of expectations across science and literacy. The importance of making sense of informational text and the value of productive talk and written and oral scientific argumentation are now recognized as part and parcel of science proficiency. Participants will hear about the approaches of two science programs and how they have embraced literacy in the context of science.


Jacqueline Barber, Associate Director, Lawrence Hall of Science
Jacqueline Barber serves as associate director of the Lawrence Hall of Science at the University of California, Berkeley, and leads the Hall’s Curriculum Center as well as one of the largest curriculum groups within the Center—the Learning Design Group. The Learning Design Group has a portfolio of award-winning curriculum products for teachers and students in preschool through grade 8, supported by a robust curriculum implementation network with active implementation support sites from Carson City to Cleveland, and from Japan to Jordan. She is engaged in research focused on the characteristics of curricula that are able to be implemented at scale. With her long-time collaborator, P. David Pearson, Barber has launched a curriculum and research program focused on the integration of science and literacy, which has yielded dozens of research presentations and publications as well as two curriculum programs: Seeds of Science/Roots of Reading and Amplify Science, a new technology-enhanced curriculum program designed to address the NGSS. Barber has worked at the Hall for over 30 years, initially working with students and teachers, and now engaging in research and design of curriculum and its implementation. She holds a BA in Biology from Hampshire College and began a research career in neuroendocrinology at the University of Strasbourg before turning to science education.

Jacqueline S. Miller, Senior Research Scientist, Education Development Center, Inc.
Jacqueline S. Miller is a senior research scientist at EDC in Waltham, Massachusetts. She is currently developing online resources for teachers related to emerging and reemerging diseases and evaluating the current state of student-centered learning and deeper learning in high school science classes. She has also developed curricula in introductory high school courses in biology, chemistry, and physics concepts and practices; developed an exemplar electronic teacher guide to accompany research-based curricula; and redesigned science units based on the universal design for learning (UDL) model. Miller was a reviewer for A Framework for K-12 Science Education and the NGSS. She has served on the Mathematics and Science Education Advisory Council for the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and was a member of the steering committee for NAEP Science Framework. Miller has an MA from Wellesley College, a PhD from University of Wisconsin-Madison, and was a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University and Brandeis University.