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Teaching Science and Faith - Conflict or Confluence?
For High School Science and Religion Teachers

Webcasts for the first two webinars are available FREE of charge at the
Magis Center website. If you are a member you just need to login
to view the Webinars.

If you are not a member you will need to register before you can view
the FREE Webinars. Registration is free.

The third Webinar will be broadcast live on March 11, 2015.
This broadcast will be available FREE of charge on the Magis website that day
and will also be made availalble for viewing after the live date.

Click here to go to the Magis Center


Mark your Calendar

ITEST Summer Institute on
Faith and Science
June 8 - 10, 2015

    Father Robert Spitzer, SJ will be conducting these sessions at St. John Vianney High School June 8-9-10, 2015. The Paul VI Institute will award 2 credits for the sessions.
    Cost for the Summer Institute is $250 per person, with a maximum of $750 per school.


    Save the Date
    ITEST Members and Friends

    ITEST Seminar on
    Economic Justice in the 21st Century
    Myth or Reality

    Join us on October 23, 24, Friday evening through Saturday afternoon for this traditional ITEST meeting at the Cardinal Rigali Center in St Louis, MO. Speakers include:  Dr. Edward J. O’Boyle, economist and senior research associate at the Mayo Research Institute, West Monroe, Louisiana; Dr. Hermann Frieboes, theologian and adjunct professor at Holy Apostles College & Seminary, Cromwell, Connecticut and University of Louisville, Kentucky and Dr. Martin Rafanan, Community Organizer, Fast Food Worker Movement and Co-Chair of the Workers Rights Board of Missouri Jobs with Justice.

    For information on registration costs and nearby hotel recommendations contact Sister Marianne Postiglione, RSM  at  314-792-7221 or at  mariannepost@archstl.org 

    Seminar fees to ITEST Members before October 1st::  $100.  Include Seminar materials, Saturday lunch and  break refreshments.  Registration after October 1 -- $125. To Members

    Seminar fees to Non-ITEST Members before October 1st:  $125. Include Seminar materials, Saturday lunch and break refreshments. Registration after October 1st. - $150. Non members

    Student Fees:  $75.00 – Scholarships available to students who qualify because of financial need.

    Teachers may earn professional development hours/credits for attending the seminar.



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    Creation Lens: Exploring the World, Discovering God

      Currently there are 397 faith-science lessons available online for free download. Since January 2009 there have been close to 1/2 million downloads.

      Let us know how you used the downloaded lessons by clicking on the “Recommend” button on the site above. We need input from teachers who are using these supplementary lessons/modules in the classroom and in home school venues.

      We invite you again to visit this site  www.creationlens.org and we welcome your comments. This site will open in a new window.


    ITEST 2014 Archive - click to open

    Can Science Tell Us Anything About God?

      ITEST is sponsoring a lecture by Father Robert Spitzer, SJ on Friday, May 2 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Cardinal Rigali Center. The lecture is open to the public. All are welcome!


      Creation Lens: Exploring the World, Discovering God
      New Marketing Strategies: Visits to Catholic Elementary Schools

      Above left: Cyndi Hasten, Principal of Assumption Parish School and Sr. Marianne.
      Above right: Cheryl Harness and Gregg Sturgill, Principal of St. Francis of Assisi School

      Even in the “Digital Age” where Twitter, Facebook and texting seem to have the upper hand in spreading the message, we still hear that personal contact often trumps electronic or print media. Many times that is true. We decided to test this out with one of the marketing strategies we devised for Exploring the World, Discovering God (EWDG), our faith/science lessons,(Pre-K-Grade 8), concentrating on grades 5-8.

      Starting on the local level aided by a grant from the Our Sunday Visitor Institute, grantor of the entire project, Cheryl Harness, ITEST’s executive assistant and editor of EWDG Grades 5-8 lessons, and Sister Marianne, RSM, Associate Director hit the road! Armed with delicious pastry rings for each school from a local bakery, colorful bookmarks, brochures, a sample lesson from the program and a lot of enthusiasm, they “cold called” four to five selected Catholic Elementary schools one morning each week. After identifying ourselves we presented the pastry gift first and then asked to see the principal to briefly describe our faith/science lessons.

      Since late January we have visited over 30 schools and have been received graciously by principals and staff. Even though we have blanketed the schools with information about the project through e-mail and hard copy correspondence, nothing seems to have “awakened” interest in the program more than this particular strategy. Or, maybe it was the pastry rings!! In a short 10-15 minute period we were able to describe the program and how it could benefit the students and teachers in that elementary school.

      At the same time we offered to do a 45 minute presentation/workshop for the teachers and staff on the program itself, showing how it could be used most effectively in their school.

    ITEST 2012 Fall Conference Archive - click to open

    ITEST 2012 Fall Conference

    “An Open Forum on Early Human Life Issues: A Constructive Dialog

    Brochure Cover Art

    Here is what the St. Louis Review wrote about our recent conference:
    Click here


    ITEST 2011 Fall Workshop Archive - click to open


    ITEST 2011 Fall Workshop Archive


    Cyberspace Safety for Teens in an Age of Facebook, Twitter and Texting

    Below are the presenters from the Fall 2011 Workshop. They have been converted into Acrobat PDF files. You may download any individual presentation or a zip file (20.5mb) containing all the presentations

     The Presenters and Topics:

    Digitally Enhanced & Socially Detached:
    The Power and Influence of the Internet
    click to download - 232kb
    Travis Smith, PhD, LPC, Program Director, LifeStar of Eastern Missouri

    Addiction: Window into the Brain click to download - 10.6mb
    Franz J. Wippold, MD, Washington University School of Medicine

    The Mind of the Predator click to download - 2.3mb
    Bart Niedner, President, Resource Forge, LLC

    The Internet  = Cyber Safety and Security Overview click to download - 1.62mb
    Mike Schottenhaml, IT Manager, St. Vincent de Paul National Council

    Protecting our Kids on Cyberspace click to download - 6.72mb
    Detective Jim Karase, St. Louis County Police Department

    Click here to download zip file - 20.5mb of all 5 presentations

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