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  • Science K-12 Essentials Forum Teaching Science Today: Challenges and Solutions
    Join this event which will tackle handling controversy in the classroom, and making science education relevant for all students.
    January 19, 2022
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    Chemistry teacher Nina Hike poses for a portrait in her classroom at George Westinghouse College Prep on Friday, Nov. 5, 2021 in Chicago, IL. Through her curriculum, Hike highlights scientific discoveries by women and people of color, and also teaches students about environmental racism.
    Chemistry teacher Nina Hike poses for a portrait in her classroom at George Westinghouse College Prep on Friday, Nov. 5, 2021 in Chicago, IL. Through her curriculum, Hike highlights scientific discoveries by women and people of color, and also teaches students about environmental racism.
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    Special Report Teaching Science in Turbulent Times
    Science education is hard. Teachers tackle the challenges of “science denial” and persistent inequities in this special report.
    November 24, 2021
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    Science Catching Up Native American Students in Science
    The pandemic dealt a setback to science education for Native American students, but culturally relevant lessons could offer a path forward.
    Sarah D. Sparks, November 23, 2021
    7 min read
    Chemistry teacher Nina Hike poses for a portrait in her classroom at George Westinghouse College Prep on Friday, Nov. 5, 2021 in Chicago, IL. Through her curriculum, Hike highlights scientific discoveries by women and people of color, and also teaches students about environmental racism.
    Chemistry teacher Nina Hike poses for a portrait in her classroom at George Westinghouse College Prep on Friday, Nov. 5, 2021 in Chicago, IL. Through her curriculum, Hike highlights scientific discoveries by women and people of color, and also teaches students about environmental racism.
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    Science Here's How to Make Science More Relevant for Students of Color
    Students get more out of science class, these teachers say, when the lessons are linked to their own lives and communities.
    Ileana Najarro, November 23, 2021
    5 min read
    Conceptual illustration of sectioned off people studying a Covid-19 Virus
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    Science COVID-19 Is a Science Lesson Waiting to Happen
    Teachers have more information about the virus now than in March 2020, but barriers remain to focusing on the pandemic in class.
    Sarah Schwartz, November 23, 2021
    8 min read
    Conceptual illustration of hand reaching into an atom and picking the planet earth
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    Science Finding Hope in the Face of Climate Change: Why Some Teachers Focus on Solutions
    Learning about climate change can make students feel anxious or hopeless. A solution-focused teaching approach gives them a reason for hope.
    Sarah Schwartz, November 23, 2021
    11 min read
    Linda Rost, a finalist for the 2020 National Teacher of the Year and a high school science teacher, teaches at Baker High School in Baker, Mont. on Nov. 3, 2021.
    Linda Rost teaches a science class at Baker High School in Baker, Mont., earlier this month. She has received some pushback for teaching about COVID-19.
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    Science 5 Ways to Teach Climate Change and COVID-19 During Polarized Times
    Rampant misinformation and politics have made science teachers' jobs harder. Teachers share five strategies to teach sensitive topics.
    Madeline Will, November 23, 2021
    9 min read
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    Science Q&A Science Denial in the Classroom: What Causes It? How Should Teachers Respond?
    Rejection of scientific consensus is informed by students' attitudes, networks, and cognitive shortcomings. Here's how to head it off.
    Stephen Sawchuk, November 23, 2021
    16 min read
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    Science 6 Challenges for Science Educators
    Science denial and political polarization are just the latest challenges plaguing science education.
    Debra Viadero & Sarah D. Sparks, November 23, 2021
    3 min read
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    Science More Than Half of High Schools Now Offer Computer Science, But Inequities Persist
    The percentage of high schools offering computer science courses increased from 35 percent to 51 percent in just three years, new report shows.
    Alyson Klein, November 3, 2021
    4 min read
    In this 2015 photo, third grader Iyana Simmons works on a coding exercise at Michael Anderson School in Avondale, Ariz.
    A new Gallup survey shows that Black girls are more likely than white girls to express an interest in computer science.
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    Science There Aren't Enough Computer Science Classes for All the Kids Who Want to Take Them
    Black and Hispanic students, and those from low-income families, are less likely to have access to computer science courses.
    Alyson Klein, September 30, 2021
    3 min read
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    Science Opinion Q&A Collections: Science Instruction
    Eighty science educators answer 10 years' worth of questions about science instruction.
    Larry Ferlazzo, August 5, 2021
    4 min read
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    Science Opinion Four Good Science Teaching Strategies & How to Use Them
    Three science educators share their "go-to" teaching strategies, including encouraging student talk & implementing project-based learning.
    Larry Ferlazzo, July 19, 2021
    11 min read