NSTA Virtual Conference

Teaching Controversial Topics in Science

Scientific literacy is an important aspect of our democracy. Science teachers have an important role – to prepare students for the responsibilities of active citizenship. On March 3, 2018, dozens of educators in the United States and from around the world took part in this live, 4-hour virtual conference to learn strategies on how to teach, sometimes controversial topics like climate science, vaccinations, and evolution. The presentations were provided by NSTA’s Executive Director, Dr. David Evans, and other invited presenters.

At the end of the virtual conference, participants indicated that:

  • They were able to walk-away with strategies for the classroom regarding teaching controversial topics
  • They had a better understanding of the Nature of Science
  • They had the opportunity to network with other teachers of science

Here are some comments from educators who attended the conference:

  • "I enjoyed learning about what we can do as educators to teach controversial topics. It's important for our students to gain knowledge and understanding of specific concepts and processes required for personal decision making, participation in civic and cultural affairs, and economic productivity."
  • "I liked being able to ask questions and have them addressed in real time by the presenters and other participants."
  • "I most enjoyed the things that I can apply directly to my classroom."
  • "I really liked the variety of presenters and presentations that we were able to hear from. I also enjoyed the convenience of the virtual format."
  • "It is great to have a resource for important professional development that doesn't require travel or travel funds!"
  • "I liked that there were different speakers with expertise to share."

Learn more about the virtual conference's presenters and agenda.

For more information contact webseminars@nsta.org