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In this issue, the high school edition of Science Class focuses on Multicultural Science. This theme is supported by a range of NSTA-approved teaching resources: news stories, Internet SciLinks, books, and NSTA journal articles.

To view the elementary and middle level versions of Science Class, please click on the links at left.


Meeting the needs of all of your students in a multicultural science classroom is a tall order, but great strides have been made in recent years. The national standards emphasize that science is required for everyone, and that everyone can do inquiry-based science. This means you have a unique opportunity to give your students an appreciation of the contributions that all cultures make to our scientific knowledge. This issue covers some of the important concerns of multicultural science education, such as curriculum reform, teaching strategies, and science and language.

Multicultural Science in the News

Immigrant students and their parents face many challenges when dealing with the American education system. Read these various articles to show how some school districts are solving their problems, how schools need to increase their efforts, and how a teacher can serve as a go-between for families and the school.

Article summaries provided by the NSTA WebNews Digest (Visit http://www.nsta.org/mainnews for nationwide news for science educators).

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Multicultural Science on the Net

In this month's high school journal, The Science Teacher, NSTA members read "Chemistry as a Second Language." The link to that article is:


SciLinks is a web-based service from NSTA that provides online content chosen for printed articles and books. It does so through keywords; the keyword from this issue is:

Chemical Formulas: http://www.scilinks.org/retrieve_outside.asp?sl=9263569910331044

NSTA Articles on Multicultural Science

The following NSTA journal articles provide you with ideas for classroom lessons and activities related to multicultural science.

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Books, Books, Books

Click here to view a list of books from the NSTA Catalog that deal with multicultural science.


Click here to view the newest titles from NSTA Press:


Professional Development

The Eisenhower National Clearinghouse (ENC) has an entire section on its website devoted to professional development strategies for science education. In the section called Ideas that Work, Susan Loucks-Horsley's thoughtful piece "Effective Professional Development for Teachers of Science" focuses on the weaknesses in today's professional development scene and outlines what can be done to improve it.

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NSTA Opportunities

Photo Contest Offers Chance to Show Off Your Class in Action
(Plus Win $$)

The deadline for NSTA's The Science Teacher Photo Contest has been extended! You (or your students) are invited to grab a camera and show the world the exciting science happenings in your high school class. All entries for this year's contest must now be received by Friday, February 13, 2004. A $100 grand prize will be awarded to the first-place entry, and $75 will go to the second-place entry. Winning entries will be published in the May 2004 issue of The Science Teacher, NSTA's member journal for high school teachers. For complete details, download The Science Teacher Photo Contest Form by clicking here:


Submit a Manuscript to The Science Teacher

For its first-ever summer issue, The Science Teacher is seeking manuscripts that describe new and creative ideas for the secondary science classroom.

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Coming Your Way: A Summer Issue of The Science Teacher

You told us that you have more time for reading and planning in the summer months, so we are mailing our first-ever summer issue of The Science Teacher in July.

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SciLinks: New Look, New Features

SciLinks helps science educators harness the resources of the Internet by connecting key textbook subjects to
NSTA-approved webpages that enrich student learning inside and outside the science classroom. By linking to a
brief notation found in the margin of a science textbook, NSTA Press book, or NSTA journal, teachers and students can access vetted webpages that provide real-time information and new content on a host of science topics.

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Next Month's Theme:

Spotlight on Assessment

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