Reports of the National Center for Science Education

Meeting of the minds

A bioengineering activity

NCSE Teacher Ambassador Rebecca Brewer engages in a bioengineering activity.

What do you get when you bring together 42 NCSE-affiliated science teachers from around the country? Collaboration, camaraderie, and constant learning.

Twelve of NCSE’s teacher ambassadors and several members of NCSE’s staff met on the campus of Colorado State University July 9-12 to take a deep dive into NCSE’s recently completed lesson sets on evolution, climate change, and the nature of science. These teachers are planning to teach some or all of the lessons in the upcoming school year — and support colleagues in teaching them, too.

Additionally, NCSE’s teacher ambassadors developed skills they need to begin leading professional learning opportunities in school districts across the nation.

Before the teacher ambassadors departed, they were joined by 30 curriculum field testers — science teachers who have been trying out parts of the lesson sets and reporting the results back to NCSE staff.

Participants are beginning the second year of the curriculum study in the fall of 2022. NCSE will use feedback from the field testers gathered throughout the first year and during the summer to revise and improve the lessons in an effort to make them even more teacher-friendly and easily integrated into any state’s curriculum requirements.

The full days included the teachers trying out activities that they’ll be asking their students to engage in, interacting with guest presenters, and enjoying field experiences that highlighted the rich possibilities of place-based science learning. Below are just a few photos from the event.

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NCSE's Blake Touchet facilitates

NCSE Teacher Support Partner Specialist Blake Touchet discussing science education leadership with Teacher Ambassadors and Curriculum Field Testers.

Looking for macroinvertebrates in the Poudre River

As part of a place-based-learning field experience, the participants searched for macroinvertebrates in Colorado's Poudre River.

Teachers around a table engage in conversation.

NCSE Teacher Ambassadors discuss ways to implement NCSE lesson sets in diverse classrooms.

Testing masks

One NCSE nature of science activity calls on students to test the efficacy of different masks. The teacher ambassadors put themselves in their students' shoes to better understand the lesson.

Teacher looking at laptop screen.

All lessons are freely available online. The participants were given time to peruse and digest the lessons' many resources.

NCSE Director of Teacher Support Lin Andrews
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Lin Andrews is NCSE Director of Eduation.
Paul Oh
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Paul Oh is Director of Communications at NCSE.