NSTA Virtual Conference

Teaching Controversial Topics in Science

David Evans David Evans

Dr. David L. Evans is the executive director of the National Science Teachers Association, the world's largest professional organization representing science educators of all grade levels.

Before joining the association in February 2013, Dr. Evans served as the Director of the Center for Sustainability: Earth, Energy, and Climate at Noblis, Inc. Prior to joining Noblis, Dr. Evans served as the Under Secretary for Science at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., where he directed research and education activities and oversaw strategic planning, outreach, fundraising, and hiring for the national museum and several research institutions.

While at the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration from 1993 to 2002, Dr. Evans served the organization in several different capacities. As the Assistant Administrator for Oceanic & Atmospheric Research (OAR), Dr. Evans directed OAR's scientific research and development programs in coastal, ocean, marine, atmospheric, climate and space and geophysical sciences, through research laboratories and a network of university-based programs across the country. In 2001, Dr. Evans led the White House Global Climate Change Initiative, coordinating related activities of some 12 federal agencies.

Dr. Evans has authored numerous scientific publications, contributed to dozens of scholarly journals, and is a reviewer for Science magazine. He holds a Ph.D. in oceanography from the University of Rhode Island and a bachelor's degree in mathematics from the University of Pennsylvania. He studied for his teaching certification at Villanova University.

Norman Lederman Norman Lederman

Dr. Norman G. Lederman is Chair and Distinguished Professor of Mathematics and Science Education at Illinois Institute of Technology. Dr. Lederman received his Ph.D. in Science Education and possesses MS degrees in Biology and Secondary Education. He was a high school teacher of biology and chemistry for 10 years and is internationally known for his scholarship on students' and teachers' conceptions of nature of science and scientific inquiry. He has been author or editor of 10 books, 20 book chapters, published over 200 articles in professional journals, and made over 500 professional presentations. He is the Co-Editor of Volume I and II of the Handbook of Research on Science Education and the Journal of Science Teacher Education. He was previously Editor of School Science and Mathematics for 10 years.

Dr. Lederman is former President of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching and the Association for the Education of Teachers in Science. He has also served as Director of Teacher Education for the National Science Teachers Association. He received the Illinois Outstanding Biology Teacher Award from the National Association of Biology Teachers and the Outstanding Mentor Award from AETS. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Educational Research Association, and has received the Distinguished Contributions to Science Education through Research Award from the National Association for Research in Science Teaching.

Joseph Levine Joseph Levine

Joe Levine’s dissertation research, conducted between Harvard University and the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL), focused on the evolution of color vision in aquatic animals. He taught introductory biology, marine biology, neurobiology, and physiology at Boston College, ran a field course in coral reef biology through the Boston University Marine Program, and currently directs a two-week, graduate-level, inquiry-based professional development field course for biology teachers through the Organization for Tropical Studies in Costa Rica. His research has been published in journals ranging from Science to Scientific American, and his popular scientific writing has appeared in trade books, as well as in magazines such as Smithsonian and Natural History, and on the web.

Following a Macy Fellowship in Science Broadcast Journalism at WGBH-TV, Joe dedicated his life to improving science education and public understanding of science. He has produced science features for NPR’s “Morning Edition” and “All Things Considered,” and helped launch Discovery Channel’s “Discover Magazine.” He served as Science Editor on two PBS series: “The Secret of Life,” “The Evolution Project,” and the OMNI-MAX films “Cocos: Island of Sharks” and "Coral Reef Adventure."

Levine has conducted professional development seminars for teachers across the United States, and in Costa Rica, Mexico, Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands, Indonesia, and Malaysia. He also served as “Outstanding Educator in Residence” for the Ministry of Education in Singapore.

Cheryl Manning Cheryl Manning

Before coming to teaching, Cheryl Manning earned both a BS and MS in Geology from Montana State University. She went on to the University of Utah to pursue a PhD in structural geology and the impacts of volcanic systems on Basin and Range faulting. While in Utah, Cheryl volunteered as a Math/Science tutor for underserved students at local high schools and became inspired to earn her Secondary Science Teaching Certification. Cheryl taught middle school science for six years in Utah prior to her move to Colorado where she has taught high school for the last 16 years.

Cheryl is the current president of the National Earth Science Teachers Association and a National Board-Certified Teacher. Cheryl has created and implemented new courses including Honors Earth/Space Science; AP and regular Environmental Science; and Honors Chemistry. Outside of the classroom, Cheryl works as a science education consultant reviewing science curriculum materials, identifying how existing materials align with the Next Generation Science Standards, and creating materials for clients. Cheryl recently created a “Getting Started” guide that models 3-dimensional instruction using existing vetted resources in the Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network when teaching about the climate system and climate change.

Cheryl maintains membership in both science and science education organization believing that collaboration with scientists, informal science educators, and other teachers keeps her teaching practice fresh and innovative.

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