Supporting Teachers

We give science teachers the tools and skills to help students overcome misconceptions and misinformation about climate change, evolution, and the nature of science.

We help teachers gain the skills, knowledge, and confidence to overcome their hesitation in teaching climate change, evolution, and the nature of science.

Surveys show that a large number of teachers across the country avoid teaching evolution and climate change because they either feel unprepared to do so or because they worry about the repercussions from colleagues, administrators, and families in their community.

We’ve designed our program to address the issues that cause teacher avoidance or create confusion.

We do this by:

Step 1: Recruit Teacher Ambassadors

We’ve sought Teacher Ambassadors who are first and foremost content and pedagogical experts, who’ve demonstrated a passion for their work teaching science, and who are located in areas where climate change and evolution education may be socially controversial.

Meet our Teacher Ambassadors

Step 2: Develop and Revise Lesson Plans

Teacher Ambassadors meet in a two-day workshop to develop lessons that incorporate the latest data-driven activities available for climate change, evolution, or the nature of science. Our lessons are designed to help students overcome the most common misconceptions about climate change, evolution, and the nature of science. The Teacher Ambassadors then field test those lessons and measure their impact on student misconceptions.

Check out the lesson plans

Step 3: Provide Professional Learning Opportunities to Peers

The main role of an NCSE Teacher Ambassador is to lead professional learning opportunities for their peers. These primarily consist of local workshops, but also include conference presentations.

Learn more about the Ambassadors' work

Step 4: Provide Free Resources for All Science Teachers

Our Teacher Ambassadors truly are ambassadors as they help spread the word about the resources NCSE has available for science educators. Those include, of course, the ambassador-developed lesson plans but also additional resources that have been vetted by NCSE. Teachers can also subscribe to our free monthly e-newsletter, NCSETeach, for timely announcements and more resources.

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