Links for Teachers

Evolution and the Nature of Science Institutes (ENSI)
Originally NSF-funded, the ENSI program focused on teaching teachers about the nature of science, using evolution as the exemplar. A site for teachers by other teachers. Lots of classroom-tested exercises.

Monarch Watch
A collaboration between the University of Kansas and local teachers and citizens focusing around the life cycle, migration, ecology and adaptations of the monarch butterfly.

UC Santa Barbara Human Evolution Models
3-D models of modern and fossil humans and primates, rotatable.

Access Excellence
Originally a partnership between the National Science Teachers Association and the biotech firm Genentech, AE provides biology teachers lots of information and advice, including evolution.

State Departments of Education
This U.S. DOE site links to Departments of Education in states and territories.

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute Bulletin
A dynamic online version of HHMI's quarterly magazine, which highlights advances in biomedical research and science education.

PBS Evolution Series Home Page
This is the official website for the PBS series Evolution. It contains useful information about evolution for for students, teachers, college professors, religious leaders, and everyone in between.

Monkey Trial
Web site for the American Experience's documentary on the Scopes trial, including audiovisual material and a guide on using the documentary and the web site in the classroom.

Good Science, Bad Science: Teaching Evolution in the States
This is the most in depth and comprehensive study of state science standards, conducted by Dr. Lawrence Lerner, and sponsored by the Fordham Foundation.

Understanding Evolution
A Web site designed to lead to a better understanding of evolution and how it impacts our lives, a joint project of the National Center for Science Education and the University of California Museum of Paleontology.

UCMP Education Resources K-12
Educational Resources from the University of California Museum of Paleontology. Includes classroom activities for students, and evolution education resources for teachers. Of particular interest to classroom teachers is "Explorations Through Time."

National Conference on the Teaching of Evolution (NCTE)
Resources to support the teaching of evolution, recommended by NCTE participants. is an education resource of the American Institute of Biological Sciences, aiming to promote bioscience literacy. The site provides peer-reviewed articles on issues related to seven bioscience challenges: environment, biodiversity, genomics, biotechnology, evolution, new frontiers in science, and bioscience education. In addition, the web site provides educators with original lessons and other resources to enhance bioscience teaching. Select articles are translated into Spanish. The site was chosen as the 2003 best biology site by Scientific American and the Eisenhower National Clearinghouse of the U.S. Dept. of Education honored it with the Digital Dozen Award for quality content in 2002.

Nature: Triumph of Life
Has resources about evolution, articles, videos and other resources to accompany the series.

Science and Creationism: A View from the NAS, 2nd Edition
In Science and Creationism, the National Academy of Sciences states unequivocally that creationism has no place in any science curriculum at any level. Briefly and clearly, this web-based version of the booklet by the same title explores the nature of science, reviews the evidence for the origin of the universe and Earth, and explains the current scientific understanding of biological evolution. This edition includes new insights from astronomy and molecular biology.

Science, Evolution, and Creationism
A new book, published by the National Academy of Sciences and the Institute of Medicine, designed to give the public a comprehensive and up-to-date picture of the current scientific understanding of evolution and its importance in the science classroom. The journal Nature wrote, "The document succinctly summarizes what is and isn't science, provides an overview of evidence for evolution by natural selection, and highlights how, time and again, leading religious figures have upheld evolution as consistent with their view of the world."

Teaching About Evolution and the Nature of Science
In engaging and conversational style, Teaching About Evolution and the Nature of Science provides a well-structured framework for understanding and teaching evolution. Written for teachers, parents, and community officials as well as scientists and educators, this web-based version of the book by the same title describes how evolution reveals both the great diversity and similarity among Earth's organisms; it explores how scientists approach the question of evolution; and it illustrates the nature of science as a way of knowing about the natural world.

National Science Teachers Association Position Statement on Evolution
In this statement, the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) sets forth its position that "evolution is a major unifying concept of science and should be included as part of K-College science frameworks and curricula."

Modeling for Understanding in Science Education (MUSE)
Information and materials for use in middle and high school science classes.

Journey through the Universe
Journey through the Universe is a national science education initiative that engages entire communities -- students, teachers, families, and the public -- using education in the Earth and space sciences and space exploration to inspire and educate. A program of the National Center for Earth and Space Science Education of the Universities Space Research Association.

Teacher Friendly Guides
From the Paleontological Research Institution at Cornell University, The Guides give you the background you need to make sense of regional and local geology in terms of a basic sequence of historical events and processes.

What Does it Mean to be Human?
Material on human evolution, including information for teachers and students, from the Human Origins Initiative at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.

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