Sign Up For The Share-a-Thon!


Sign up for the Share-a-Thon!

One of our goals in AMSE is to connect our members with opportunities to share their expertise. We are really excited that this year, all AMSE sponsored sessions in St. Louis will be presented by AMSE members! If you didn’t submit a proposal for a presentation, there’s still another chance to share your amazing work. Please see the message below from Dr. Carrie Jones, NSTA’s High School Division Director.

“Set your sights higher at the High School Share-a-Thon!

Share your best lesson(s) with other educators by volunteering to informally present at our annual Share-a-Thon in St. Louis!

You will have space at a table and educators will circulate the room to engage in hands-on activities, collect information and resources, and network with other educators.

Saturday April 13th from 9:30-11:00AM in Grand Ballroom D/E, Hyatt Regency St. Louis at the Arch

Please go to: to let us know what you would like to share!

If you have questions please contact Dr. Carrie Jones at

If accepted, all presenters are required to be registered for the NSTA conference in order to present and all accepted presenters must complete the NSTA Safety Form, which will be provided to you if your proposal is accepted. You will be notified about your acceptance in February. We cannot accept vendors/exhibitors at this time for presenting, but feel free to contact us if you would like to provide a door prize.”


Celebrate Diversity



We Are Celebrating our Diversity this Black History Month!

And, we’ll keep celebrating after today! We’re excited to honor our AMSE history with you at our 30th anniversary celebration in St. Louis April 11th-14th! We hope you are able to join us!

Along with the festivities, get ready for the Alice J. Moses Breakfast, George Washington Carver Conversation Series, and some awesome sessions from AMSE members!

Visit the NSTA National Conference site to register.

You can preview the conference program here.


Member Shout-Outs

Member Shoutout

Member Shout-Outs
Since the Atlanta Conference, we’ve gained x new members! An AMSE membership means connection to a community of science educators committed to equity. Talk to people about AMSE and help us broaden our coalition.

Photo: 2018 Shell Urban Science Educator awardee and AMSE membership committee-person Chander Jenkins attended the PASCO session with her co-worker and new AMSE recruit Rachelle Christian.


Opportunities for AMSE Members

NSTA Teacher Awards Gala


Opportunities for AMSE Members
Another of our organizations goals is to recruit and involve teachers of all underrepresented groups in science education.

To this end, remember to check out the NSTA site and begin thinking about for which awards and honors you’d like to apply. See the full list here and apply by Dec. 17, 2018!

Also be sure to follow our twitter page @amsek16 for additional updates on opportunities. We regularly retweet calls for proposals, papers, and postings for positions.

We think you all have valuable knowledge and experience and want your voices to fill these spaces!


March For Science & #RedforEd

Red For Ed

March For Science & #RedforEd
This month, educators across the country showed up to advocate for science and investment in public education.

Important conversations about equity and justice have also been taking place in the context of these demonstrations.

How has your work as a science educator intersected with your activism? What discussions are taking place in your local contexts? Share updates with us to feature in upcoming member bulletins at


Shell One-Day Institute: Embracing an Equitable Mindset: Developing Culturally Proficient Leaders

PLI-6—Shell One-Day Institute: Embracing an Equitable Mindset: Developing Culturally Proficient Leaders

Audience: K–12 teachers, Science Specialists, STEM Coordinators, Professional Developers, Administrators

Presenters: Natacia Campbell, NSTA Multicultural and Equity Division Director and Director of Human Resources, Joliet Public Schools District 86, Joliet, IL; Andrea Evans, Director, Carruthers Center for Inner City Studies, Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago, Illinois

Framing Questions

  1. What do you think it means to be culturally proficient?
  2. How do our personal biases affect students?
  3. Which group(s) within your class(es), school(s), or district have significant discrepancies in opportunity and/or achievement?
  4. What are some strategies that can be used by teachers, schools, and districts to address inequities/create equitable conditions, supporting all students and their learning?


At the end of the session, participants will be able to

  1. Implement strategies that can be used by teachers, schools, and districts to improve cultural proficiency and enhance equity for all
  2. Use tools to assess cultural proficiency and analyze gaps in opportunity and/or achievement
  3. Identify supporting resources

Session Summary

“Powerful leaders are those who have the courage to take the step and embark on the journey” as stated by Blankstein & Noguera in their book Courageous Leaderships for District-Wide Success. The persistence of achievement gaps by race, class, and gender continue to challenge our educational system. The explanations for achievement inequities are many, yet it is important for educators to locate within schools and districts, the beliefs, programs, policies, and practices that may in fact perpetuate achievement gaps. This institute brings together individuals who want to further their journey toward becoming culturally proficient leaders, helping to ensure high levels of success for all students. Throughout the day participants will address personal and professional bias, gaps in equitable services, and issues of access. Participants receive Culturally Proficient Leadership: The Personal Journey Begins Within by Raymond Terrell and Randall Lindsey to use as a tool, helping leaders view “personal and professional behaviors in a context of understanding, appreciation, and recognition of difference and diversity.” Attendees will share experiences, learn about tools used in developing cultural proficiency, review data and effective programs, identify possible next steps, as well as create alliances with other science educators.

Educators are encouraged to attend in teams of two to four.



2018 Alice J. Moses Breakfast

The Association for Multicultural Science Education (AMSE) is pleased to honor the service of former NSTA President, Alice J. Moses, with an annual breakfast at the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) Conference which is sponsored by Pearson Education. This event will be held on Friday, March 16, 2018 at Omni Hotel at CNN Center – Pine Room (South Tower) and will take place from 7:30 am until 9:30 am. Please RSVP at


Moses 2018 Flyer


Vernier partners with A.M.S.E.

Vernier Software & Technology Partners with the Association for Multicultural Science Education 


With Vernier support, AMSE members will share the importance of diversity and equity in science classrooms during regional NSTA conferences


BEAVERTON, Oregon, September 12, 2017 — Vernier Software & Technology has partnered with the Association for Multicultural Science Education (AMSE), an affiliate association of the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), to support AMSE as it discusses diversity and equity in science classrooms during NSTA’s three regional conferences this fall.


“AMSE is a leader in promoting diversity within teacher leadership and helping to drive ongoing dialogue around multicultural science education,” said John Wheeler, CEO of Vernier Software & Technology. “We share this commitment to diversity and equity in science education and are proud to partner with AMSE to support their ongoing work.”


AMSE is organized to stimulate and promote science teaching to students of culturally diverse backgrounds in an effort to motivate such students to consider science-related careers; explore and promote the improvement of science curriculum, educational systems, and teaching methods in schools to assist such stimulation; recruit and involve teachers of all minorities in science education; and initiate and engage in activities and programs in furtherance of improving the science education of culturally diverse students.


“It is so important that there is an ongoing dialogue about multicultural science education and how cultural responsiveness helps meet the needs of all students,” said Sharon Delesbore, Ph.D., president of the AMSE Board of Directors. “Through our partnership with Vernier, we are able to reach more educators and have more conversations about the importance of these topics — and their impact on both teaching and learning — at NSTA forums across the country.”


AMSE will present sessions entitled, “George Washington Carver Conversations on Diversity and Equity,” at the following NSTA regional conferences:

  • Baltimore, MD on October 5 – October 7, 2017
    • Session will take place on Friday, October 6, 2017 at 8 am ET at the Hilton Baltimore, Holiday 1 meeting room
  • Milwaukee, WI on November 9 – November 11, 2017
    • Session will take place on Friday, November 10, 2017 at 12:30 pm CT at the Hyatt Regency Milwaukee, Executive C/D meeting room
  • New Orleans, LA on November 30 – December 2, 2017
    • Session will take place on Friday, December 1, 2017 at 12:30 pm CT at the New Orleans Ernest N, Morial Convention Center, room 389


To learn more about AMSE, visit To learn more about Vernier, visit


About Vernier Software & Technology


Vernier Software & Technology has led the innovation of scientific data-collection technology for 36 years. Vernier was founded by a former physics teacher and employs educators at all levels of the organization. The company is committed to teachers and to developing creative ways to teach and learn science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) using hands-on science. Vernier creates easy-to-use and affordable science interfaces, sensors, and graphing/analysis software. With worldwide distribution to over 140 countries, Vernier data loggers are used by educators and students from elementary school to university. Vernier technology-based solutions enhance STEM education, increase learning, build students’ critical thinking skills, and support the science and engineering practices detailed in the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). The Vernier business culture is grounded in Earth-friendly policies and practices, and the company provides a family-friendly workplace. For more information, visit


Dr. Sharon Delesbore awarded NSELA Outstanding Administrative Support Award

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Congratulations to Dr. Sharon Delesbore for receiving the 2017 National Science Education Leadership Association (NSELA) Outstanding Administrative Support Award. This prestigious award recognizes and honors an outstanding administrator who, through their professional work, has demonstrated exemplary support for science education at the school, district, and/or county level. This award honors an administrator whose primary responsibility is outside the area of science instruction.

Dr. Delesbore serves science education as a Consultant for the International Center for Leadership in Education (ICLE) and an Administrator for the Fort Bend Independent School District. She also serves as President of the Association for Multicultural Science Education (AMSE) and committee member for the NSTA Alliance of Affiliates Representative for AMSE.

For more information about Dr. Sharon Delesbore, visit

Creating Positive School-Home Partnerships Using Culturally Responsive Practices (NSTA 2017)

Creating Positive School-Home Partnerships Using Culturally Responsive Practices
Friday, March 31 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM
JW Marriott Los Angeles at L.A. LIVE, Platinum Ballroom Salon A
Take a reflective look at school/family relationships as we engage in conversation on how to build strong, valuable partnerships with families, while exploring our own personal experiences that promote reciprocal learning interactions.
Presenter(s): Veronica Garcia Betancourt (Harlandale ISD: San Antonio, TX), Meghan Guerrero (Harlandale ISD: San Antonio, TX)
FORMAT: Presentation
GRADE LEVEL: K, 1 – 12
SUBJECT: General Science Education