My research focuses on the relationship between language, identity, and classroom learning. In general, the language practices that guide classroom learning involves a genre of talk that all student must master. When one explores how that genre of talk impacts people from different cultures differently, the integration of the social politics of language and the difficulty of learning complex discourse becomes pertinent. For more information.....

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My teaching background includes years as a high school science teacher. Through years of study and continued teaching, I have developed a series of courses, taught as a part of the Curriculum and Teacher Education program at Stanford. The courses are of three sorts. First, I teacher introductory curriculum and instruction courses about science education. Second, I teach courses about educational learning theory. Third, I teach courses to scientists regarding the best approaches for effectively communicating science to the public.  For more information.....

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One of my personal goals is to help in making excellent instruction visible to the public. As a result, I have compiled a series of video resources to help in making several issues associated with teaching and learning visible to the public.  For more information.....

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Science In the City Summer Camp

In an effort to provide minority students access to innovative
science teaching and learning opportunities, we are offering a 4-day summer camp for children ages 11-12 (grades 5-6). This is the second year of the science in the city camp and we are looking forward to an excellent experience for all involved. The camp is based on the principle of the self-explanation effect. We believe students’ learning is maximized when they have several opportunities to explain the phenomenon they are working with. With this in mind, we engage in teaching and learning that is iterative. We introduce students to science ideas, they work on experiments and engineering building tasks, and they complete every activity by producing an explanation of what they learned and how it works. We invite you to share information about our camp broadly and we hope you consider joining us for the 2014 Science in the city summer camp.

Clips from 2013

Here is a video excerpt documenting the activities of the 2013 Science in the city summer camp. We worked with children throughout the San Francisco Bay area.

Camp Basics

When:       The camp will be held Monday July 21st Through Thursday July 24th

Where:      Stanford University - Graduate School of Education in the Center for Educational Research at Stanford

Cost:         $110 per child

                   ***Financial Aid Available upon Request

  1. *Lunch and science supplies will be provided

  2. *Students will receive science materials and a Science in the City T-Shirt