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Okhee Lee

Professor of Childhood Education

Teaching and Learning

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Okhee Lee is a professor in the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development at New York University. She is widely known for advancing research, policy, and practice that simultaneously promote science and language learning for all students, particularly multilingual learners. Lee was a member of the NGSS writing team and served as leader for the NGSS Diversity and Equity Team. She also was a member of the Steering Committee for the Understanding Language Initiative at Stanford University. Her research involves integrating science, language, and computational thinking with a focus on multilingual learners. Her latest work concentrates on justice-centered STEM education with multilingual learners to address pressing societal challenges using the case of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Lee brings research and policy to practice. Her team developed a yearlong fifth-grade science curriculum called Science And Integrated Language, or SAIL, that translates the new science standards into classroom practice with a focus on multilingual learners. The curriculum will undergo a field trial in New York City Public Schools with NSF funding. Using the SAIL curriculum, Lee’s team published teacher resources in collaboration with the New York State Education Department. In addition, her team published teacher resources in collaboration with the National Science Teaching Association that reaches science and STEM educators across the nation.

Lee is the recipient of numerous honors, awards, and fellowships, including:

  • American Association for the Advancement of Science – Fellow: Section Q Education in 2021
  • American Educational Research Association – Exemplary Contributions to Practice-Engaged Research Award in 2021, Division K Innovations in Research on Equity and Social Justice in Teacher Education Award in 2019, AERA Fellow in 2009, and Distinguished Career Contribution Award from the Committee for Scholars of Color in Education in 2003
  • Korean-American Educational Researchers Association – Inaugural Distinguished Researcher Award in 2019
  • Michigan State University – Honorary Doctor of Humanities degree recipient and keynote speaker at Baccalaureate Commencement Ceremony in 2022
  • National Academy of Education – Member in 2022
  • National Science Teaching Association – NSTA Distinguished Service to Science Education Award in 2020
  • University of Miami Provost’s Award for Research Activity in 2008

For more information, please visit:

https://www.nyusail.org/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Okhee_Lee

https://wikitia.com/wiki/Okhee_Lee

https://www.okheelee.com/

Selected Publications

Lee has published more than 120 refereed journal articles, five books, five handbook chapters, 30 book chapters, and more than 30 editorials on STEM education for diverse student groups, with a focus on multilingual learners. Here are selective publications that support her efforts to advance K-12 STEM education, especially for multilingual learners.

 

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Childhood Education

Examine critical education issues and gain the skills and experience to thrive as a teacher in today's urban classrooms.

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