As educators, we strive to develop capacities in our students that will allow them to negotiate a complex world and thrive in a future of changing tools, systems, and fields of knowledge. How can we ensure that our high school graduates are truly ready for college and career? What kinds of programs will foster 21st century skills, discipline-specific literacy and inter-disciplinary practices in our students and teachers?
SLANT (Science, Literacy and Arts iNtegration in the Twenty-first century) is a project overseen by SFUSD’s STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Department. We recognize that both scientific and artistic endeavors share deep purposes and practices in common and are fields where common core standards can be manifested through authentic learning experiences.
SLANT’s professional development model spurs teachers to assume the role of researcher and inspires student-driven inquiry. We offer open workshops, intensive summer institutes, classroom support, and sharing of student and teacher work from pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade. With the support of both SFUSD and our community partners, SLANT participants and their students come to better understand and communicate the processes of scientists and artists.
Participants in SLANT Professional Development engage in Science and Art Integration activities, methods, and thinking routines that demonstrate connections between:
- NGSS Science and Engineering Practices and Cross-Cutting Concepts
- Studio Habits of Mind
- CCSS Literacy Capacities and select Anchor Standards for Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing
Please Save the Date for the 4th Annual SLANT Symposium on Wednesday March 26th from 4:30-6:30pm at the deYoung Museum in Golden Gate Park. Join us in sharing another year of Integrated Science, Art and Literacy Teaching and Learning as told through the work of SFUSD teachers and students. http://www.eventbrite.com/e/slant-4th-annual-symposium-tickets-10765609227