Author Archives: Juliana Texley

NSTA President Juliana Texley Thanks Volunteers Retiring from Committees, Advisory Boards, and Review Panels

They say it takes a village to raise a child. And when it comes to giving all children a science education, it takes the huge professional community within the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA). Each year, hundreds of educators volunteer their time and talents to make the many programs and services of the association possible. […]

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Any Way You Say It, Science Is the Key

Last fall, for the first time in our nation’s history, the majority of public school students were minorities. According to the Pew Research Center, of about 50 million students, approximately 49.7 percent were white (down from 65 percent in 1997). Many of these students (over 4 million) were English language (ELL) learners. Almost 70 percent […]

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International Day Coming to #NSTA15 in Chicago: March 11, 2015

It is often said that “the wings of a butterfly can cause a storm on the other side of the world.” (That’s actually a simplistic description of Edward Lorenz’s chaos theory, but it is often used as an analogy for small actions that can have far-reaching effects.) Could a small child watching a butterfly have […]

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NSTA and ASE: creating pathways to better international cooperation in science education

They say the world is flat … and so it often seems. Cross the ocean by plane, or travel far from home by train or car…sit down for coffee with other teachers…and the issues are almost always the same. We find much in common wherever we go. And I found this to be true recently […]

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Breaking Down Walls at the 2014 National Congress on Science Education

If you were with the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) in Washington, D.C. last week, you would have been part of the most exciting and productive Congress of the year! In Georgetown, about 145 representatives of chapters, state organizations, affiliates and NSTA governance met to spend “quality time” breaking down walls at the National Congress […]

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Imagination Wins at the NSTA/Toshiba ExploraVision 2014 Competition

In many textbooks you’ll find a page on the scientific method. But of course there’s no such thing—the method is a myth. There is no single path to scientific discovery. The perspectives and procedures of history’s great discoverers and inventors are amazingly diverse. But it’s safe to say that they all began with imagination. That […]

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National Science Teachers Association and NAEYC Join Forces to Enrich Early Childhood Science

The world of a young child is full of “wow.” Children are constantly observing, exploring and discovering phenomena around them. From those activities they build models of how they think the world works and make predictions from those models. That’s the essence of science, although we seldom use that term for what we see our […]

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Talking Technology

I had a great conversation with an early-career teacher a few weeks ago. She was a “digital native”—armed with smart phone and ready to tweet. I admit, I’m a “digital immigrant” who re-examines every new device in order to evaluate whether it’s worth the price to buy and the time to use. We talked about […]

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