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 Inez Liftig, field editor of Science Scope, points out
in this month's issue, "To borrow an analogy from sports, we
must level the playing field so special needs students can get off
the sidelines and into the game." In this issue of Science
Class, learn about some of the resources available to help
you meet the challenges at hand.
Science Accessible in the News
Article summaries provided by the NSTA WebNews Digest (visit
for national news for science educators).
News stories selected for this issue provide examples of how science
is being made available to all students.
to learn more.
Science Accessible on the Web
In this month's middle-level journal, Science Scope, NSTA
members can read "Making Learning a Never-Ending Story"
For the complete Science Scope December 2006 Illustrated
Table of Contents, visit http://www.nsta.org/gateway&j=ss&n=53038.
Journal Articles on Making Science
Read these articles from the NSTA journal archives for ideas on
how to make science accessible to everyone in your classroom.
Click here to learn more:
To read about Making Science Accessible in NSTA Press® and
NSTA Recommends® books, visit http://science.nsta.org/enewsletter/2006-12/books_middle.htm.
To read about the newest titles available from NSTA Press, visit
To receive the latest NSTA catalog for your specific grade level,
The NSTA Web Seminars series continues through
March 2007! Topics include: nutrition and outbreaks, Mars exploration,
the ocean's role in weather and climate, space weather, gravity,
circular motion, work and simple machines, and the International
Polar Year. To learn more and to register, visit http://institute.nsta.org/web_seminars.asp.
The following NSTA Symposia topics will be presented
at the National Conference in St. Louis, Missouri, March 29-April
International Polar Year science and discoveries,
kinetic and potential energy, work and simple machines, global
positioning system and geography, nutrition and outbreaks, and
Education in a Global Age
Given the common challenges posed by globalization,
many nations also face capacity-building issues in workforce development
and education. In 2005, Asia Society and the Ministry of Education
of the People’s Republic of China convened the U.S.-China
Education Leaders Forum on Math and Science Education in Denver,
Colorado. The purpose of the Forum was to deepen knowledge of
the two education systems and to develop a set of ideas as to
how the two countries could learn from each others’ strengths
and challenges in mathematics and science education. This report
summarizes the discussion at the Forum as well as related research
on Asian achievement in math and science to make these ideas available
to a wider audience.
To read more, visit http://www.internationaled.org/mathsciencereport.pdf.
Science Scope (grades 69) has issued
a Call for Papers on selected topics. Click here to read more:
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please direct them to http://www.nsta.org/newsletters.
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