Position Graduate Teaching Assistant Degree Seeking PhD Area of Study Art Education Website Aghasafari Website Email email@example.com Undergraduate Institution University of Tehran Undergraduate Degree BFA | Art, emphasis in Fabric Design CV view curriculum vitae Biography Sahar Aghasafari is a PhD student in Art Education at the University of Georgia. She has two masters in Art Education from the University of Arizona and Art Research from the University of Tehran, and a BFA in Fabrics Design from the University of Tehran. Schools across the United States are quickly becoming more and more linguistically diverse and have shifted toward a majority multilingual and multicultural society of color. On the other hand, the new Science Standards expect students to display an in-depth knowledge and understanding of scientific inquiry practices based on evidential learning. Within this context, teachers need to consider new ways to approach this target. English as a second language teachers are under tremendous pressure in the current era of high stakes educational reforms and data-driven pedagogy that is supposed to target student achievement on standardized tests. Her research is an interdisciplinary study between art and science. The purpose of her research is the integration of art support learning in science among emergent multilingual and bilingual high school youth. By integrating art and science, she hopes to better connect multilingual and bilingual students with what they are learning and, as a result, help students enhance their academic achievement through their feeling more comfortable and confident in class. She also hopes to provide extra resources for future teachers who are teaching multilingual and bilingual students to help and approach rigorous learning which is integrated with embodied art activities that position multilingual and bilingual youth as active and culturally significant partners in the curriculum design.