2018 Atlanta Conference Strand

Reflecting On Access for All Students

Just as science encompasses diverse fields of learning from astronomy to zoology, science educators are called upon to equitably meet the needs of and engage ALL learners. Research has identified the unique challenges of a number of underserved groups, including students from urban areas, rural areas, English language learners, students with low socioeconomic status, those with special needs, gifted and talented students, and students from diverse cultural backgrounds. Cultivating a culture of equity and inclusion for all students not only aligns with the NSTA mission statement and the vision put forth by A Framework for K–12 Science Education but also prepares students for future career opportunities in a global society. This strand increases participants' understanding of the unique needs of various types of learners and helps them reduce barriers to full participation in science.

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