NSTA’s mission is clearly stated: “…to promote
excellence and innovation in science teaching for all.” The
reality, however, is that achievement gaps have been identified
not only with respect to race and ethnicity, but also regarding
gender, limited English-language ability, socioeconomic status,
and learning differences. As Steve Metz, field editor of The Science
Teacher, points out in this month's issue, "Strategies that
help diverse learners generally are strategies that help all learners...In
helping diverse learners we simultaneously provide good teaching
for mainstream students so that, in fact, no child is left behind."
In this issue of Science Class, learn about some of the
resources available to help you meet the challenges at hand.
for All in the News
Article summaries provided by the NSTA WebNews Digest (visit
for national news for science educators).
Stories selected for this month’s theme focus on various
aspects of equity in education.
to learn more.
on the Web
In this month's high school journal, The Science Teacher,
NSTA members can read "Teaching Science to Students with Disabilities"
For the complete March Table of Contents of The Science Teacher,
SciLinks® is a web-based service from NSTA that provides online
content chosen to augment printed articles and books. It does so
through keywords; the keyword for this issue is
Gender Equity: http://www.scilinks.org/retrieve_outside.asp?sl=92635699103310661011
Journal Articles on Science for All
The archives of The Science Teacher provide articles that
illustrate how teachers can help different types of students learn
Click here to read more:
To read about Science and Literacy in NSTA Press® and NSTA
Recommends books, visit:
Click here for the newest titles from NSTA Press:
To receive the latest NSTA catalog for your specific grade level,
Some Educators, Tagging Is "It"
A recent article in eSchool News explains
how a new way to find and store information online has implications
for schools and teachers.
Click here to read more:
Knows No National Borders
Gene Carter, executive director of the Association
for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD), writes about
how the education needs and goals of other countries are not dissimilar
to our own. In his February column, "Is It Good for the Kids?",
Carter writes, "We have much to do to shore up our educational
systems and to ensure that our children can compete globally in
the future. We have many great examples of increasing international
understanding and cooperation that we can follow. But as educators,
we must start with ourselves, expanding the scope of our knowledge
and then passing it on to our students."
To read more, visit http://www.ascd.org/portal/site/ascd/menuitem.ef397d712ea0a4a0a89ad324d3108a0c/
MythBusters to Headline President’s Banquet at NSTA’s
National Conference, April 6-9
Myths, urban legends, old wives’ tales...
How can one be sure what’s fact and what’s fiction?
NSTA is pleased to announce that Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman,
co-hosts of Discovery Channel’s popular MythBusters series,
will speak at the President’s Annual Banquet at NSTA’s
Anaheim Conference on Saturday, April 8. And that’s live
and in person! The hugely popular duo takes on three myths each
week using modern-day science to show viewers what's real and
what's fiction. And they do more than explain how something may
or may not be scientifically possible: Through trial and error,
they actually demonstrate it.
Tickets are required for the 7 p.m. banquet, and
they may be purchased when you register at http://www.nsta.org/anaheim
or on-site (if still available). Don’t miss this event!
Outstanding ScienceTrade Books
Since 1973, NSTA and the Children’s Book Council
(CBC) have established the criteria for the highest-quality and
most engaging, scientifically-accurate publications for children.
The titles for each year’s list are selected by a book review
panel appointed by NSTA and assembled in cooperation with the
CBC. To learn more about the CBC, visit http://www.cbcbooks.org.
To read the complete list of Outstanding Science Trade Books for
Students K–12, which were selected from books published
in 2005, visit http://www.nsta.org/gateway&j=tst&n=51700.
The following NSTA Symposia will take place at the National Conference
on Science Education in Anaheim, California, April 6–9,
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