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NCSE Evolution and Climate Education Update for 2014/09/26

(by NCSE Deputy Director Glenn Branch)

Dear friends of NCSE,

Exciting news: a new book on climate change education from NCSE's Mark
McCaffrey is published!


NCSE is pleased to announce the publication of Climate Smart & Energy
Wise (Corwin Press, 2014), written by NCSE's Mark McCaffrey. In their
foreword, Eugenie C. Scott and Jay Labov write, "Climate Smart &
Energy Wise provides a roadmap to teachers to assist them in acquiring
the background and resources to bring climate and energy education
into their classrooms ... It provides a wealth of information to help
teachers find resources, including the very useful Climate Literacy
and Energy Literacy frameworks, developed by scientists and master
teachers. This book is packed with suggestions for where a teacher can
find more information and classroom guidance for the teaching of
global climate change."

Describing Climate Smart & Energy Wise, The publisher writes:


The twenty-first century ushered in a set of unmistakably urgent
global challenges that are too important to be an afterthought in
today's classrooms. Just in time, here's a resource to improve your
students' understanding of the intersection of science and social
policy by making climate and energy literacy the centerpiece of your

What recommends Climate Smart & Energy Change in particular? That
there's no more informed expert on the subject than Mark McCaffrey.
His book offers a virtual blueprint to climate and energy education,
packed with resources and strategies, including:

* A high-level overview of where climate and energy topics fit (or
don't fit) in to your current curriculum
* A discussion of the new Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and
how you can meet them with well-planned pedagogical strategies
* Proven methods to teach climate change and related topics in a
grade-appropriate way
* Sample learning activities and high-quality online resources from
the Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network (CLEAN)

Students, educators, and parents must pool their diverse skills and
abilities to ensure our schools produce graduates that are able to
respond to the global imperative facing us all. Climate Smart & Energy
Wise is the key to making a better future our reality.


A sample (chapter 7: "Countering Skepticism, Denial, and Despair") is
available on NCSE's website, and McCaffrey contributed a series of
blog posts describing the chapters of the book to NCSE's blog.

For the publisher's description of the book, visit: 

For the sample chapter (PDF), visit: 

And for McCaffrey's series of blog posts about the book, visit: 


Have you been visiting NCSE's blog, The Science League of America,
recently? If not, then you've missed:

* Stephanie Keep pondering the inapplicability of proof in science: 

* Ann Reid reviewing the evolution of antibiotic resistance: 

* Steve Newton discussing creationist ideas about the Coconino Sandstone: 

And much more besides!

For The Science League of America, visit: 

Thanks for reading. And don't forget to visit NCSE's website -- -- where you can always find the latest news on 
evolution and climate education and threats to them.


Glenn Branch
Deputy Director
National Center for Science Education, Inc.
420 40th Street, Suite 2
Oakland, CA 94609-2509
510-601-7203 x303
fax: 510-601-7204

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