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and NABT File Science Educator Amicus Brief, Joining Numerous Organizations
with “Friend of Court” Opposition to Evolution Warning
On June 10,
NSTA with NABT joined other coalitions of proscience organizations
in filing separate amicus briefs in support of a recent U.S. District
Court decision, Selman v. Cobb County School District,
that ruled that evolution "warning labels" in public school
textbooks in Cobb County, GA, were unconstitutional. The "friend
of the court briefs" were filed in the eleventh circuit of
the U.S. Court of Appeals, in response to an appeal seeking to overturn
the Selman decision.
included national and local organizations representing scientists,
science educators, civil libertarians, and concerned proscience
citizens, including the American Association for the Advancement
of Science, the National Academy of Sciences, Americans United for
Separation of Church and State, the American Jewish Congress, among
others. The National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) signed
the science teacher brief, joined by the National Association of
Biology Teachers (NABT).
County stickers send a misguided message to students that evolution
lacks scientific status,” said Mike Padilla, NSTA President.
“This is damaging to students and their understanding about
the scientific process, and it jeopardizes the professional responsibility
of science teaches to teach good science. NSTA is pleased the stickers
were ordered removed and we strongly urge the court to uphold this
To read more
about the amicus briefs, visit http://ncseweb.org/selman/index.html.
To read about the National Academies new website on evolution, visit
To access their website, visit http://nationalacademies.org/evolution.
Student Winners Showcase Innovative Ideas for the Future and Win
$10,000 and $5,000 Savings Bonds
At a Washington,
D.C. press conference and awards banquet, the Toshiba/National Science
Teachers Association (NSTA) ExploraVision Awards Program honored
eight 2005 national winning teams—including four first-place
and four second-place winners.
creativity with scientific knowledge and research to envision technologies
that could make the world a safer and better place. Moved by last
year’s tragic tsunami, one winning team proposed an innovative
satellite-based earthquake warning system. Winners were selected
from a group of 4,405 student entries representing the work of more
than 13,500 students from across the U.S. and Canada.
program is sponsored by Toshiba Corporation, the Toshiba America
Group Companies, and the Toshiba America Foundation, and is administered
by NSTA. By working in groups of two to four, students chose a technology
that exists today and envision what it might be like 20 years in
the future. Since the program’s inception, over 240,000 students
have participated. In addition to an all-expenses paid trip to the
nation’s capital for an awards weekend this weekend, each
student on the four first-place teams will receive a $10,000 savings
bond, and students on the second-place teams will each receive a
$5,000 savings bond.
To learn more
about the winning projects, go to http://www.exploravision.com/2004/national_winners.htm.
For more information or an application for the 2006 ExploraVision
competition, visit http://www.exploravision.org,
or call 800-EXPLOR9. To read the WebNews Digest story on the ExplorerVision
winners, visit http://www.nsta.org/main/news/stories/nsta_story.php?news_story_ID=50623.
You Can Blog With Science and Children Online and Explore
PreK-2 Science Learning in “The Early Years”
I engage kindergarten students in hands-on science lessons? How
can illustrations help preschoolers understand science?” These
are some of the topics that are being explored on “The Early
Years,” a new online blog established by NSTA’s award-winning
Science and Children (S&C) magazine. You’ll
find teaching advice, management tips, favorite resources, and activity
ideas specifically for teachers of children in grades preK–2nd
The new blog
is a companion to S&C’s new column of the same
name, “The Early Years,” which will debut in the September
2005 edition of the journal. Highlights from online postings will
also be chosen to appear in the print column. Teachers who post
a comment selected for publication in S&C will receive
a free book from a select group of NSTA Press titles. To be involved
in this exciting new online venue to connect and learn from your
colleagues, visit http://www.nsta.org/earlyyearsblog.
NSTA Press Titles Honored with 2005 Distinguished Achievement Awards
by Association of Educational Publishers
With the intent
of helping “parents and teachers identify the best educational
products and publications available,” the Association of Educational
Publishers (AEP) honored two NSTA Press books with their highly
coveted 2005 Distinguished Achievement Award recognizing “significant
and excellent achievement in supplemental educational products and
education marketing.” Electricity & Magnetism,
fifth in the best-selling Stop Faking It! Finally Understanding
Science So You Can Teach It series (http://store.nsta.org/showItem.asp?product=PB169X5)
by Bill Robertson won in the category of Reference Books/Supplemental,
and Picture-Perfect Science Lessons: Using Children’s
Books to Guide Inquiry (http://store.nsta.org/showItem.asp?product=PB186X),
authored by Karen Rohrich Ansberry and Emily Morgan, won in the
category of Teacher Resource Books. According to AEP, books are
judged primarily on their educational value, with high-quality writing,
design, and editorial/design integration contributing to that value.
year, Polymer Chemistry: Introduction to an Indispensable Science,
from NSTA Press was selected by Choice magazine—the
source for reviews of academic books for libraries—as an “Outstanding
To preview and purchase these books online, use the title links
the Summer Takes You Away—Tips on Finding $$ to Attend NSTA
Fall Conventions in Hartford, Chicago, and Nashville
wait for the last minute rush, before you know it, it’ll be
the first day of school, then it’ll be time for NSTA’s
convention in Hartford, October 20-22; then Chicago, November 10-12;
and Nashville, December 1-3. So we’d like to help you begin
your funding search now, and we have lots of tips on getting started,
For up-to-the-minute details on the speakers, sessions, and agendas
of each of these three fall learning events go to http://www.nsta.org/conventions.
And when you’ve found the convention site of interest, use
the personal scheduler to help plan your itinerary (a hard copy
of which can be very useful in presenting a rationale for funding).
And of course, online registration is open now for all three events
at earlybird prices.
wait! Buy Help! I’m Teaching Middle School Science
at a 30% discount during June…online Science Store only, at
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about membership in NSTA? Complete the quick online Inquiry Form
and we’ll be in touch.
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rationale for our position on today’s most important issues
in science teaching. Read and print any of the 35 statements currently
available at http://www.nsta.org/position.
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