For the past few years, I have opened this piece with a few comments about our collective challenges with the pandemic—this year is no different. In talking with our authors, editors, and many National Association of Biology Teachers (NABT) colleagues, I know we all have stories about how the pandemic challenges have impacted our teaching, interactions with students, and their responses to instruction. Though things seem to be improving in all three areas, I suspect that our full recovery is still ahead of us.

As far as The American Biology Teacher (ABT) is concerned, we have turned a corner in one regard and still have some work to do in others. First the good news. In 2023 we saw the number of articles submitted bounce back almost to pre-pandemic levels, and for some reason that I cannot explain, our acceptance rate last year approached 90%, up from an...

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