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This issue of the high-school edition of Science Class features the theme Science for All. Please tell us what you think of the issue by using the Feedback link on the left of Science Class or by sending an e-mail to us at enewsletterfeedback@nsta.org.

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SCIENCE FOR ALL

NSTA’s mission is clearly stated: “…to promote excellence and innovation in science teaching and learning 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, concludes in this month's issue, "A rising tide lifts all boats, and improving our schools will benefit all students, minority and nonminority, rich and poor, mainstream and nonmainstream learners alike. Existing gaps in achievement and access to qualified teachers damage our schools and our nation. Our goal must be for all students to achieve science literacy. Science is for all."

In this issue of Science Class, learn about some of the resources available to help you meet the challenges at hand.

Science for All in the News

Article summaries provided by the NSTA WebNews Digest

(Visit http://www.nsta.org/mainnews for national news for science educators.)

A Different Way of Seeing Things (The Monroe Times)

A hands-on workshop enables students to learn what it is like to live with a disability.

http://www.themonroetimes.com/m0212pal.htm

Science for All on the Web

In this month's high school-level journal, The Science Teacher, NSTA members can read "Teaching Science to Students With Learning Differences" at http://www.nsta.org/gateway&j=tst&n=53487. To read the entire Editor's Corner, visit http://www.nsta.org/gateway&j=tst&n=53494. For the complete The Science Teacher March 2007 Illustrated Table of Contents, visit http://www.nsta.org/gateway&j=tst&n=53498.

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

Student Equity: http://www.scilinks.org/retrieve_outside.asp?sl=92635699103310771011

NSTA Journal Articles on Science for All

Several articles from the NSTA journal archives stress the benefits of a classroom in which all students can learn science.

Click here to read more:

http://science.nsta.org/enewsletter/2007-03/high_school.htm

Books, Books, Books

To read about Science for All, visit http://science.nsta.org/enewsletter/2007-03/books_high.htm.

Click here for the newest titles from NSTA Press:

http://science.nsta.org/enewsletter/2007-03/newbookshigh.htm

To receive the latest NSTA catalog for your specific grade level, visit

http://ecommerce.nsta.org/catalog_signup


Professional Development

NSTA Symposia

The following NSTA Symposia will take place at the National Conference on Science Education in St. Louis, Missouri, March 29 – April 1, 2007:

Impact of Polar Climate Change on Living Systems, presented by NSF, NASA, and NOAA
Polar Climates, How Are They Changing?, presented by NSF, NASA, and NOAA
The Fragile Ice, presented by NSF, NASA, and NOAA
Living and Working in Space: Habitat, presented by NASA
GPS and Geodesy for Dummies: Do You Know Where You Are?, presented by NOAA
Food Safety and Nutrition, presented by the FDA
Energy: Stop Faking It!, presented by NSTA Press author Bill Robertson

Visit http://institute.nsta.org/default.asp for registration information.

Global Science Teaching

Out-of-Touch Teachers Hobble Science Studies

A recent story in the Sydney Morning Herald reports "An aging workforce and rapid advances in technology could have a serious impact on the quality of science teaching, an analysis commissioned by the [Australian] Federal Government warns. The study concludes: 'It is probable that a significant proportion of science teachers may be out of touch with contemporary science and also lack the skills to change their teaching to meet new challenges.'"

Click here to read more: http://www.smh.com.au/news/national/outoftouch-teachers-hobble-science-studies/2007/03/04/1172943275712.html

Next Month's Theme:

Community Collaborations


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