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Powerful Workshop Helps Teachers Value and Leverage Bilingual Students

Updated: Jul 30, 2020


The Valuing and Leveraging Emerging Bilingual Students’ Ways of Communicating Around the Natural World workshop was facilitated by Dr. Enrique (Henry) Suárez from UMass Amherst. In this workshop, participants used the construct of translanguaging to explore how emergent bilingual learners problematize physical phenomena through using a great range of communicative practices and interrogated the assumption that English proficiency is a prerequisite for learning STEM.

34 people registered for this workshop! 

About the Workshop Facilitator: 

Dr. Enrique (Henry) Suárez is an Assistant Professor of Science Education at UMass Amherst who is committed to making science learning equitable for students and teachers, emphasizing the importance of knowing about the natural world through investigation. Drawing on a range of learning theories, Enrique works in partnership with K-12 schools and communities to make science learning more equitable for learners from historically underserved communities. Specifically, Enrique’s research focuses on designing learning environments that create opportunities for elementary-aged emerging multilingual students to leverage their conceptual resources and translanguaging practices for learning science. Moreover, Enrique’s work focuses on how to support pre- and in-service teachers identify and respond to students’ sense-making repertoires as intellectually generative in science. Enrique has extensive experience teaching elementary science methods courses, co-designing and co-facilitating professional development for K-12 science teachers, and developing physics-based K-12 curriculum. Enrique is an astrophysicist who did cosmology research for five years before choosing a career in K-5 science education. 

Dr. Enrique (Henry) Suárez received his PhD on Curriculum & Instruction- Science Education from the University of Colorado, Boulder in 2017, and was a post-doctoral fellow in the College of Education at the University of Washington from 2017 through 2019. He also holds a BS in astrophysics from the University of Oklahoma and an MS in science education from Tufts University. He grew up in Venezuela, has lived in all continental time zones of the US, and enjoys cooking Arepas for friends and family.


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