Academic journal article The Science Teacher

Science for All

Academic journal article The Science Teacher

Science for All

Article excerpt

This issue marks our 23rd consecutive annual spring issue devoted to the theme, "Science for All." Originally focusing on teaching in multicultural classrooms, this theme has evolved considerably over its lifetime, and now targets a broad range of student differences while still maintaining its mission: providing teaching ideas and strategies to narrow the academic achievement gaps associated with ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender, physical disabilities, limited English-language proficiency, and learning differences. This is congruent with the central mission of The National Science Teachers Association, "promoting excellence and innovation in science teaching and learning for all."

Recent "Science for All" issues have featured ideas that support English language learners, visually impaired students, those with autism spectrum disorder, and indigenous people. We've included methods for engaging students of color with the Next Generation Science Standards, approaches to help students with disabilities find success in Advanced Placement science classes, and general strategies to promote equity and inclusion. The current issue adds to this literature with suggestions for engaging reluctant writers and tactics for creating a classroom culture that values LGBTQ youth.

Whether your interest is in diversity education, multicultural awareness, equity and inclusion, teaching ELLs, or simply finding engaging teaching methods for all students, I encourage you to browse the TST online archive, where a simple keyword search will bring up a cornucopia of timeless articles and still-relevant activities on the "Science for All" theme (see "On the web"). …

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