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STEMTLnet Meetup: The Crosscutting Concepts: science, children’s literature, and beyond

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Date & Time: Sep 23, 2021 at 7:00 PM EDT

Description: Scientists share a common framework for thinking: the Crosscutting Concepts described by NGSS. This is why someone studying goat stomachs can converse intelligently with someone studying La Niña. They may have different knowledge bases, but they use the same framework for thinking and communicating about their respective topics. Valerie and Mark will invite you to consider that the crosscutting concepts are a framework, not only for scientists, but for all human thinking. This is why we can see these concepts shouting and whispering in every children’s book we pick up. When we look closely we can even see how this framework can help us understand social problems and offer solutions. Join Valerie and Mark as they ignite a conversation about how the crosscutting concepts inform how we understand children’s literature, our classrooms, and beyond. 

Valerie and MarkAbout the Speakers: Valerie Bang-Jensen and Mark Lubkowitz have each served as Professor and Chair of their respective  departments--Education and Biology-- at Saint Michael’s College in Colchester, VT. Surprisingly (or perhaps not) this molecular biologist and literacy expert have worked together for over twenty years exploring the natural partnership between science and children’s literature. Valerie and Mark began their interdisciplinary collaboration by creating a collection of gardens that are a learning laboratory to explore the relationship between science and children’s literature. This initial project blossomed into two books: Reading Books, Talking Science: Exploring science concepts with children’s literature (2017) and Books in Bloom: Discovering the science in great children’s literature (2014). Both recipients of the college’s teaching award, they work across the country with teachers exploring how the crosscutting concepts form a framework not only for scientific thinking but also for understanding children’s literature, and truth be told, everything.

Photo: ©Heinemann 2017. Photo by Michael Grover


The STEM Teacher Leadership Network is pleased to partner with the Society of Elementary Presidential Awardees on this Meetup!


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