SciMath-DLL began with funding from the National Science Foundation in 2010. Our vision was to improve the early STEM education of all young children, including dual language learners by supporting educators. Based in New Brunswick, New Jersey, we develop STEM professional development resources, curriculum, and conduct research around best practices in STEM education — and we have fun doing it. Key contributors have included Kimberly Brenneman, Ellen Frede, Alex Figueras-Daniel, Judi Stevenson-Garcia, and Jorie Quinn. The current team is led by Dr. Alissa Lange, Principal Investigator. Our team is comprised of researchers, professors, former teachers, students, and STEM educators specializing in Early Childhood STEM Education. We have a scientific advisory board and consultants that review materials and provide advice, including Daryl Greenfield (early science), Irena Nayfeld (early science), Peggy Freedson (dual language learners), Douglas Clements (early math), Herb Ginsburg (early math), Jennifer Jacobs (math education), and Judy Beavers (online STEM coach).

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SciMath-DLL Model

SciMath-DLL involves three main components: 1) workshops, 2) professional learning communities (PLCs), and 3) individualized reflective coaching.

1. Workshops

  • Hands-on, research-based workshops to expand teachers understanding of key STEM concepts, and learn about the SciMath-DLL approach to teaching STEM.
  • Model lesson plans that can be used to implement these practices in the classroom.
  • PowerPoint, handouts, literature lists, materials, delivery by STEM experts.
  • Workshops are conducted in-person or online (under development).

2. Professional Learning Communities (PLCs)

  • Teachers work together to support one another and provide feedback around a problem of practice related to STEM.
  • Users manual, example videos, website access, advising and consulting with STEM experts.
  • PLCs are conducted in-person or online (under development).

3. Reflective Coaching

  • Individualized reflective coaching cycles (RCCs) involve planning, observation and videotaping of lessons, and reflective meetings with coaches
  • RCCs provide rich, personalized feedback on teachers’ professional practice around STEM.
  • Users manual, example videos, website access, advising and consulting with STEM experts.
  • PLCs are conducted in-person or online (under development)

Our Related Resources

1. Family Engagement Tools (Coming Soon!)
2. Math and Science Story Time (MASST): An Informal Learning Early STEM Program.

Who We Are

Alissa Lange

Principal Investigator/Director

Kwanghee Jung

Quantitative Expert

Hagit Mano

EC STEM Specialist

Hebbah El-Moslimany

Research Coordinator

Lavina Ng

Project Assistant