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NCSE Evolution and Climate Education Update for 2016/11/25

(by NCSE Deputy Director Glenn Branch)

Dear friends of NCSE,

NCSE's Ann Reid talks about climate change education with NPR's 13.7
Cosmos and Culture blog. And a chance to bring evolutionary biologists
to a local school.

NCSE'S REID ON 13.7

NCSE's executive director Ann Reid was interviewed by Tania Lombrozo
for NPR's 13.7 Cosmos and Culture blog (November 21, 2016) about the
implications of a Trump presidency for climate change education.

Although the federal government is not directly involved in curriculum
and instruction, Reid commented that NCSE is nevertheless "deeply
concerned that the politicization of climate change will continue to
have a chilling effect in classrooms." She explained, "if teachers are
concerned about community disapproval, they may nevertheless avoid
teaching the science, or inappropriately present it as debatable."

Asked what NCSE is doing to address threats to climate change
education, Reid responded, "We have a three-pronged strategy: support
teachers directly, get scientists involved in helping teachers cover
climate change, and support teachers indirectly by organizing
communities to bring fun, accessible, respectful climate change
activities to public events and raise funds to support their local
science teachers."

Reid concluded with the thought, "In my book, science teachers are
real heroes. ... Making sure our science teachers have what they need
to do a good job is an investment that will pay off for decades."

For the interview on 13.7, visit:
http://www.npr.org/sections/13.7/2016/11/21/502847128/what-does-a-trump-presidency-mean-for-climate-change-education 

And for NCSE's resources on climate change education, visit:
https://ncse.com/climate 

ON THE ROAD AGAIN WITH DARWIN

The Darwin Day Roadshow is returning! The Roadshow is a project of the
BEACON Center for the Study of Evolution in Action and the Society for
the Study of Evolution, in which scientists and educators share their
enthusiasm for evolutionary science with students, teachers, and the
general public on the occasion of Charles Darwin's birthday, February
12. "Our teams talk to students, teachers and the general public about
their research in evolutionary science, describe what it takes to
become an evolutionary biologist (and what some of the rewards and
challenges are), and convey why evolutionary science is relevant to
everyone."

And the results are delightful: as Craig McClain of NESCent (which
formerly operated the Roadshow) wrote at Pacific Standard (May 15,
2011), "for all of us the Darwin Day Road Show was a gratifying
adventure that no one will forget. From the landscapes with their
silos, combines, center pivot crop circles, high school gymnasiums, to
the indelible interactions we had along the way, we absorbed it all."
Applications from schools interested in hosting the Roadshow,
especially those who would not be likely to have access to Darwin Day
activities otherwise, are now being accepted -- now until December 9,
2016.

For information about the Darwin Day Roadshow, visit:
https://darwindayroadshow.wordpress.com/ 

And for Craig McClain's essay in Pacific Standard, visit:
https://psmag.com/scientists-take-charles-darwin-on-the-road-5fd7a230614 

WHAT'S NEW AT NCSE'S BLOG?

Have you been visiting NCSE's blog recently? If not, then you've missed:

* Glenn Branch searching for a claim about "a pure humbug" and the
origin of life:
https://ncse.com/blog/2016/11/pure-humbug-0018353 

For NCSE's blog, visit:

http://ncse.com/blog 

Thanks for reading. And don't forget to visit NCSE's website --
http://ncse.com -- where you can always find the latest news on 
evolution and climate education and threats to them.

--
Sincerely,

Glenn Branch
Deputy Director
National Center for Science Education, Inc.
1904 Franklin Street, Suite 600
Oakland CA 94612-2922
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fax 510-788-7971
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