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Rigor Plus Support: How Science Teachers Use Literacy Techniques to Get Students Ready for College

Katie Bayerl

The leaders and faculty of early college high schools are constantly working to develop the right mix of academic supports that make an accelerated curriculum feasible and ensure college success for every student. By focusing on a few good literacy practices in every class, early college high school faculty aim to increase rigor and support—simultaneously. This report highlights three early college high school science teachers who have crafted approaches to addressing literacy in a science classroom. These practices build students’ skills in reading, writing, and thinking, and they also increase their understanding of science content and support their ability to think and solve problems like scientists.