Episode 023: Designing Equitable Learning Environments in NGSS Classrooms with Michelle Salgado


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Meet Michelle Salgado, a doctoral student at the University of Washington, College of Education. Michelle shares with us 5 years worth of research that includes designing equitable learning environments in the NGSS classroom. Specifically, she has worked with a kindergarten teacher and shares what has been successful in their linguistically diverse kindergarten classroom.

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 Show Highlights

  • 04:00 - 08:30     Language diversity and engaging families in the science classroom
  • 09:00 - 14:30     Encouraging the use of multiple languages in the classroom
  • 15:00 - 29:00     Lessons and examples from Michelle's research
  • 29:30 - 32:00     Making time for science in the classroom
  • 32:30 - 38:30     How to structure an NGSS lesson plan
  • 41:45 - 44:30     Two important takeaways from Michelle 

 Show Quotes 

"When we ask children to share an idea to the whole class. We're asking them to take an intellectual risk in front of their peers. And what does that really mean for young children?" [4:45-5:00] Michelle Salgado

"What's great about NGSS is that there's a big emphasis on modeling, so even if you can't communicate verbally, you can use your gestures and your model to point to different ideas of what you're thinking about." [11:10-11:30] Michelle Salgado

"If you're going to have a really rich, sense-making discussion where you want your kids alert, the morning is always the best -- for kindergarteners at least." [29:30-29:45] Michelle Salgado

"As teachers, we are designers of these learning environments. We're co-designers with our children. And we should use this privilege to be responsive to students." [42:45-43:00] Michelle Salgado

"Science ideas should travel." [43:10] Michelle Salgado



Find Michelle Salgado here:


  1. Teaching science with books
  2. Scientific Modelling 
  3. Students learn from students 

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