Supporting Teachers

We give science teachers the tools and skills they need to help their students overcome misconceptions and misinformation about climate change and evolution.

We Want You!

The National Center for Science Education recognizes that student understanding of evolution and climate change can be riddled with misconceptions. Teaching these topics without specific professional learning opportunities can be challenging. NCSE is here to help!

NCSE is currently recruiting middle and high school science teachers to participate in a two-year curriculum study starting in July 2021. Selected teachers will have the opportunity to field-test our teacher-created Nature of Science, Evolution, and Climate Change curricula. Participants will also have the opportunity to help us refine and improve the lessons for use by all science teachers.

Selected participants will be asked to:

  • Participate in online professional development to help you better understand and implement the NCSE curriculum for half days July 26-30 and Aug. 2-6, 2021.
  • Participate in face-to-face professional development on dates yet to be determined in Summer 2022. (Travel expenses will be covered by NCSE.)
  • Implement the Nature of Science curriculum in both the 2021-22 and 2022-23 school years.
  • Implement the Evolution or Climate Change curriculum in both the 2021-22 and 2022-23 school years.
  • Participate in monthly one-hour group meetings during both school years.
  • Participate in evaluation and research related to the curriculum study throughout the program.
  • Develop a capstone project to be presented at the end of the curriculum study for NCSE staff, local administrators, and fellow curriculum study participants.

Benefits to participants:

  • Up to $4000 for time and effort (stipend depends on level of participation and will be paid by semester)
  • NGSS-aligned curricula and associated classroom materials
  • Cohort-based professional development
  • Leadership opportunities and skills development

We encourage you to sign up with a school or district science colleague as this will be a collaborative community.

View a sample of the Nature of Science storyline on our classroom resources page. Each storyline can be used as a stand alone unit or woven into an existing curriculum and is estimated to take approximately four weeks of classroom instruction.

Applications Due: April 25

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