Our Impact

At the National Center for Science Education, we help ensure students across the country get the accurate, effective evolution and climate science education they deserve.

Our work is based on a simple, but powerful premise:

Local leaders—master science teachers, community outreach organizers, and citizens mobilized against threats to science education—are in the best position to help their communities overcome misconceptions and misinformation about climate change and evolution.

NCSE Makes an impact by Supporting Teachers

In 2019, our 47 Teacher Ambassadors—master science teachers in all grade ranges—have provided 2006 students with evidence-based, inquiry-driven, and locally relevant evolution and climate science lessons.

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2,006 students were exposed to evidence-based, inquiry-driven, and locally relevant evolution and climate science lessons in 2019.

NCSE Makes an impact by Breaking Down Barriers

We intentionally work in communities that are underserved when it comes to science engagement opportunities. Our outreach program has set up shop in 54 communities in 2019, engaging 7036 participants in fun, hands-on climate change and evolution-focused activities.

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7,036 community members engaged in fun, hands-on climate chnage and evolution-focused activities.

NCSE Makes an impact by Catalyzing Action

NCSE has a well-earned reputation for having its finger on the pulse of state and local actions affecting science education, and is the go-to source for up-to-date information on threats to the integrity of the science classroom. In 2019 alone, NCSE has identified 18 pieces of anti-science legislation in 12 states. Meanwhile, we continue to support local citizens in their efforts to understand their rights and take action if necessary when challenges to accepted science occurs in their communities.

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18 pieces of anti-science legislation identified by NCSE in 12 states in 2019.

Our research has determined that nearly half of all science teachers in the US choose not to teach climate change, either because they deny the accepted science or they want to avoid potential conflict. Read about our study and the widespread attention it received.

Read about our study and the widespread attention it received

“I’ve sought knowledge, resources, activities, and advice from NCSE and I have referred other teachers to NCSE for the same.” Blake Touchet , NCSE Teacher Ambassador

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Teaching evolution continues to be a challenge. Executive Director Ann Reid makes this point in a Los Angeles Times op-ed marking the 50th anniversary of a Supreme Court decision affirming the right to teach evolution.

Read Ann Reid’s commentary.

National Center for Science Education (NCSE) is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization, EIN 11-2656357. NCSE is supported by individuals, foundations, and scientific societies. Review our annual audited financial statements and IRS 990 forms at GuideStar.

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