Education scholar Okhee Lee
announces 2020 appearances

“It’s time to level learning standards in STEM for K-12 students whose first language isn’t English”

NEW YORK – Feb. 6, 2020 – Okhee Lee, the childhood education scholar widely recognized for advancing research, policy, and practice that promote science and language learning for all students, including English language learners, will share her message in 2020 with education professionals at keynote addresses across the nation.

More than 30 years of research has put Lee on the national education stage for boldly tackling controversial topics that affect diverse student groups in public schools. Her latest mission is to improve limitations of English language proficiency standards so that students who are learning English as an additional language have a better chance at achieving in STEM subjects.

Lee, who is a professor of childhood education at New York University’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, said:

“Low expectations in English language proficiency are holding these students back from their ability to achieve academically rigorous STEM standards to be ready for college and careers. It is my hope to bring to the table scholars from both English-learner education and STEM subjects to establish cohesive language proficiency standards that will serve to uplift these children.”

Please see Lee’s 2020 schedule of appearances below. For updates, please visit her website at

Feb.10 – Hoosier Association of Science Teachers conference, Indianapolis, Indiana

  • Keynote address: “Integrating Science and Language with All Students, Including English Learners
  • Workshop: “Science and Language Assessment of All students, Including English Learners”

March 12 – Science Teachers Association of New York State; panel webinar

March 19-21 – 3rd International Conference on Education Quality titled “Managing STEAM: Innovation, Inclusion and Education Quality,” at Ibn Zohr University, Agadir, Morocco

  • Keynote address: “STEM Education for All Students”

March 23 – New York State Education Department’s inaugural Science Summit, Albany

  • Keynote address: “Science Education for All Students: Instructional Shifts to Promote Science and Language Learning”

April 1 – National Science Teaching Association

April 3 – National Science Teaching Association

July 9-11 – National Science Education Leadership Association’s Summer Leadership Institute, Austin, Texas

August 5 – New York State Master Teachers Program Conference, Oneonta

November 13 – Keynote address for 50th Annual Conference, New York State Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages, White Plains, New York

Earlier on Jan. 31 Lee addressed the University of Buffalo’s Graduate School of Education Dean’s Lecture Series on the topic “Multidisciplinary Convergence Teaching and Learning Across STEM and Language for All Students, Including English Learners.”