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.
for All in the News
Article summaries provided by the NSTA WebNews Digest
for national news for science educators.)
A Different Way of Seeing Things (The Monroe
A hands-on workshop enables students to learn what it is like to
live with a disability.
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
Journal Articles on Science
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:
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:
To receive the latest NSTA catalog for your specific grade level,
The following NSTA Symposia will take place
at the National Conference on Science Education in St.
Louis, Missouri, March 29 – April 1, 2007:
of Polar Climate Change on Living Systems, presented
by NSF, NASA, and NOAA
Climates, How Are They Changing?, presented by NSF,
NASA, and NOAA
Fragile Ice, presented by NSF, NASA, and NOAA
and Working in Space: Habitat, presented by NASA
and Geodesy for Dummies: Do You Know Where You Are?,
presented by NOAA
Safety and Nutrition, presented by the FDA
Stop Faking It!, presented by NSTA Press author Bill
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
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