Mission

ESCOLAR aims to offer ALL elementary and middle-school students the opportunity to learn science within an engaging online environment.

The ESCOLAR Story

Ten years ago, as a graduate student, Fatima Terrazas-Arellanes was searching for a better way for culturally and linguistically diverse students to learn science.
Her solution: Design a new online science curriculum for classroom use that gives all students the skills they need to succeed.
Today, as a faculty scientist at the University of Oregon College of Education, Dr. Terrazas-Arellanes has shown that the ESCOLAR learning program she helped develop effectively meets the needs of all students—general education students, English learners, and students with learning disabilities—in deepening science knowledge.
Effective Scholastic Curriculum for Online Learning and Academic Results (ESCOLAR) is aligned to national standards and backed by years of research and development funded by the National Science Foundation and the U. S. Department of Education Office of Special Education Programs. This web-based curriculum is built on a strong foundation of project-based learning, a proven method of helping students develop knowledge by actively exploring real-world problems.
ESCOLAR was born digital. It takes full advantage of the flexible, multimodal online learning environment to support reading comprehension among students of all abilities. Students can choose from a variety of helpful eText supports, such as pop-up vocabulary definitions, text-to-speech, and digital note-taking.
The ESCOLAR program currently focuses on science but will expand in the future to other subject areas, such as math and language arts, with a more integrated teaching model.

The ESCOLAR Story

Ten years ago, as a graduate student, Fatima Terrazas-Arellanes was searching for a better way for culturally and linguistically diverse students to learn science.
Her solution: Design a new online science curriculum for classroom use that gives all students the skills they need to succeed.
Today, as a faculty scientist at the University of Oregon College of Education, Dr. Terrazas-Arellanes has shown that the ESCOLAR learning program she helped develop effectively meets the needs of all students—general education students, English learners, and students with learning disabilities—in deepening science knowledge.
ESCOLAR stands for Effective Scholastic Curriculum for Online Learning and Academic Results. It is aligned to national standards and backed by years of research and development funded by the National Science Foundation and the U. S. Department of Education Office of Special Education Programs. Collaboration is key to ESCOLAR’s success. This web-based curriculum is built on a strong foundation of project-based learning, a proven method of helping students develop knowledge by actively exploring real-world problems.
ESCOLAR was born digital. It takes full advantage of the flexible, multimodal online learning environment to support reading comprehension among students of all abilities. Students can choose from a variety of helpful eText supports, such as pop-up vocabulary definitions, comprehension questions, text-to-speech, and digital note-taking.
The ESCOLAR program currently focuses on science but will expand in the future to other subject areas, such as math and language arts, with a more integrated teaching model.

ESCOLAR Timeline

2009

Middle school online science curriculum development project funded by the National Science Foundation.

2013

Middle school online science curriculum efficacy trial funded by the U. S. Department of Education Office of Special Education Programs.

2019

Elementary school online science curriculum development project funded by the U.S. Department of Education Office of Special Education Programs.

What We Do

The ESCOLAR team is on a mission to use innovative technology to create an engaging classroom environment for all students to learn science.

Meet Our Team

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 Principal Investigator 

Fatima Terrazas Arellanes, Ph.D.

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Project Manager

Betsy Ruth

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Business Manager

Teodoro Reyes-Ramirez

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Project Methodologist

Lisa Strycker

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Graphic Designer

Cecilia Wong

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Literacy Specialist

Elizabeth Jankowski

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 Graphic Designer

Nicole Bunzel

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Social Media Marketing Specialist

Julia E. Gesink

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Research Assistant 

Eli Ruth-Cheff

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Programmer Technician 

Maya K. LaMarche

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Science Content Developer

Seth Shirazi

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Programmer Specialist

Oscar Barragan

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 Science Content Developer 

Jade Russell

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 Content Editor

Saffron Hunter

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 Science Content Developer 

Mimi Hudson

Meet Our Team

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 Principal Investigator 

Fatima Terrazas Arellanes, Ph.D.

This image for Image Layouts addon

Project Manager

Betsy Ruth

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Principal Investigator

Teodoro Reyes-Ramirez

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Project Methodologist

Lisa Strycker

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Literacy Specialist

Elizabeth Hankowski

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 Social Media Marketing

Julia E Gesink

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Graphic Desiigner

Cecilia J Wong

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Graphic Designer

Nicole Bunzel

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Programmer Technician

Maya K LaMarche

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Science Content Developer

Mimi Hudson

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Research Assistant

Eli Ruth-Cheff

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Science Content Developer

Jade Russell

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 Content Editor

Saffron Hunter

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 Program Specialist

Oscar Barragan

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Science Content Developer

Seth Shirazi

What We Do

The ESCOLAR team is on a mission to use innovative technology to create an engaging classroom environment for all students to learn science.

Meet Our Team

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 Principal Investigator 

Fatima Terrazas Arellanes, Ph.D.

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Project Manager

Betsy Ruth

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Principal Investigator

Teodoro Reyes-Ramirez

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Project Methodologist

Lisa
Strycker

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Literacy Specialist

 Elizabeth Hankowski

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 Social Media Marketing

Julia E Gesink

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Graphic Desiigner

Cecilia J Wong

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Graphic Designer

Nicole Bunzel

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Programmer Technician

Maya K LaMarche

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Science Content Developer

Mimi Hudson

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Research Assistant

Eli Ruth-Cheff

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Science Content Developer

Jade Russell

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 Content Editor

Saffron Hunter

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 Program Specialist

Oscar Barragan

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Science Content Developer

Seth Shirazi

Meet Our Team

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 Principal Investigator 

Fatima Terrazas Arellanes, Ph.D.

Project Manager

Betsy Ruth

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Business Manager

Teodoro Reyes-Ramirez

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Project Methodologist

Lisa Strycker

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Graphic Designer

Cecilia Wong

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Literacy Specialist

Elizabeth Jankowski

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 Graphic Designer

Nicole Bunzel

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Social Media Marketing Specialist

Julia E Gesink

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Research Assistant 

Eli Ruth-Cheff

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Programmer Technician 

Maya K LaMarche

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Science Content Developer

Seth Shirazi

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Programmer Specialist

Oscar Barragan

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 Science Content Developer 

Jade Russell

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 Content Editor

Saffron Hunter

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 Science Content Developer 

Mimi Hudson

General Contact

 University of Oregon
170 Lokey Education Building
Eugene, OR 97403
Phone: 541-346-3798
E-mail: [email protected]

University of Oregon Center for Equity Promotion (CEQP)

CEQP collaborates with experts across the U.S. in technology innovation, education research, and program evaluation. CEQP and its partners are committed to providing high-quality education. If you are interested in collaborating with CEQP, please contact us: [email protected].

Pacific Research and Evaluation

Pacific Research and Evaluation provides program evaluation and organizational assessment services across the nation. The Pacific Research and Evaluation team takes a data-driven approach, offering expert advice to improve program outcomes.

General Contact

 University of Oregon
170 Lokey Education Building
Eugene, OR 97401
Phone: 541-346-3798
E-mail: [email protected]

University of Oregon Center for Equity Promotion (CEQP)

CEQP collaborates with experts across the U.S. in technology innovation, education research, and program evaluation. CEQP and its partners are committed to providing high-quality education. If you are interested in collaborating with CEQP, please contact us: [email protected]

Pacific Research and Evaluation

Pacific Research and Evaluation provides program evaluation and organizational assessment services across the nation. The Pacific Research and Evaluation team takes a data-driven approach, offering expert advice to improve program outcomes.

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