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NCSE Evolution and Climate Education Update for 2018/01/19

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(by NCSE Deputy Director Glenn Branch)

Dear friends of NCSE,

NCSE's Ann Reid and Brad Hoge express their hopes for science
education in 2018 to EdSource. And Darwin Day 2018 is on its way!

HOPES FOR SCIENCE EDUCATION FROM NCSE'S REID AND HOGE

NCSE's Ann Reid and Brad Hoge were among the science educators and
leaders in California asked by EdSource (January 11, 2018) what they'd
like to see happen in the world of science education in 2018, as the
state enters the final stages of implementing the Next Generation
Science Standards.

Reid answered, "I wish for all teachers to have access to the
professional development they need to teach climate change confidently
and accurately; our survey found that more than 67 percent of middle
and high school science teachers want and would benefit from such
professional development," adding, "While I'm at it, I'd like science
teachers to have the resources they need to provide state of the art
inquiry-based learning, including laboratory equipment and supplies,
data analysis tools, field trip expenses, and professional
development, especially as they implement the Next Generation Science
Standards."

Hoge answered, "I would like to see more chemistry and physics
teachers teach about climate change. I would like to see more hands-on
lessons using local data developed for place-based learning,
especially around extreme weather events. I would like to see more
project-based learning used for science lessons in general, in
response to the Next Generation Science Standards framework. I would
like to see more evolution topics taught in elementary and middle
school. And I would love to live in a world where teaching evolution
and climate change is expected and welcomed!"

Also responding were the president of the California Science Teachers
Association, the non-profit Education Trust -- West, the director of
the STEM Network at Children Now, a member of the state board of
education, an elementary science teacher, and the chief executive of
the environmental education non-profit Ten Strands.

For EdSource's article, visit:
https://edsource.org/2018/funding-teacher-training-top-educators-wish-lists-for-science-education-in-2018/592277 

DARWIN DAY APPROACHES

It's time to dust off your Darwin costume again: less than a month
remains before Darwin Day 2018! Colleges and universities, schools,
libraries, museums, churches, civic groups, and just plain folks
across the country -- and the world -- are preparing to celebrate
Darwin Day, on or around February 12, in honor of the life and work of
Charles Darwin. These events provide a marvelous opportunity not only
to celebrate Darwin's birthday but also to engage in public outreach
about science, evolution, and the importance of evolution education --
which is especially needed with assaults on evolution education
already under way in state legislatures. NCSE encourages its members
and friends to attend, participate in, and even organize Darwin Day
events in their own communities. To find a local event, check the
websites of local universities and museums and the registry of Darwin
Day events maintained by the Darwin Day Celebration website. (And
don't forget to register your own event with the Darwin Day
Celebration website!)

And with Darwin Day comes the return of Evolution Weekend! Hundreds of
congregations all over the country and around the world are taking
part in Evolution Weekend, February 9-11, 2018, by presenting sermons
and discussion groups on the compatibility of faith and science.
Michael Zimmerman, the initiator of the project, writes, "Evolution
Weekend is an opportunity for serious discussion and reflection on the
relationship between religion and science. One important goal is to
elevate the quality of the discussion on this critical topic -- to
move beyond sound bites. A second critical goal is to demonstrate that
religious people from many faiths and locations understand that
evolution is sound science and poses no problems for their faith.
Finally, as with The Clergy Letter itself, Evolution Weekend makes it
clear that those claiming that people must choose between religion and
science are creating a false dichotomy." At last count, 171
congregations in forty states (and three foreign countries) were
scheduled to hold Evolution Weekend events.

For the Darwin Day registry, visit:
http://darwinday.org/events/ 
http://darwinday.org/events/community/add 

For information about Evolution Weekend, visit:
http://www.evolutionweekend.org/ 

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
510-601-7203
fax 510-788-7971
branch@ncse.com 
http://ncse.com 

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