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Connecting Schools, Families and Community: Development and Implementation of Outreach Materials and Events Focused on Family Engagement

Abstract

"Our theory of change argues that young (PreK-3rd grade) children will learn core science concepts if they interact with teachers, family members and community partners during (1) Exploration of science through investigations (science and engineering practices), (2) Discussion that facilitates literacy skills and discourse competencies and (3) activities and interactions that make Thinking visible. This feedback session is focused on the development and early implementation of the outreach components of the project. Take home family packs and learning experiences were developed to follow a learning progression of science content and practices to build upon each experience and strategies to encourage discourse among family members. Our discussion will focus on the development, implementation and the artifacts produced from initial outreach components."

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