Session 8: Creating an Inclusive Environment

This session is one of four Apply and Refine sessions. In this session, participants consider diversity in learning environments and how to address the needs of all learners. The focus is to build knowledge about the relationship between language, culture, and science in order to create more inclusive science education environments. Issues related to diversity, equity, and inclusion are in the forefront of the national consciousness and have become an integral part of the planning and programming at most informal science education institutions. This session gets participants thinking about issues of inclusion by considering what kinds of differences exist between people and gaining a sense of other perspectives.