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Climate Change Is Not Up for Debate. Why Do So Many Teachers Act Like It Is?

The majority of teachers are behind on climate-change science, but they aren’t necessarily to blame, explains Ann Reid. (September 11, 2018)

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Building science lessons around phenomena that students know equally and can see in their own lives is making the subject more relevant and interesting.
March 4, 2020 – Education Week
California, which has a mixed history when it comes to evidence-based reading instruction, has a plan to use federal funds for literacy programs that some say are out of sync with the science.
February 12, 2020 – Education Week
Media literacy belongs in science class, insists Media Literacy Now’s Andy Zucker. Here’s how to bring it there.
October 30, 2019 – Education Week
A massive experiment involving 17,000 students in four countries finds gains for inquiry-, or problem-based teaching over traditional approaches.
October 9, 2019 – Education Week
Young people across the globe are demanding action, but many teachers remain unsure of how to address climate change in the classroom, writes Ann Reid.
September 24, 2019 – Education Week
Students shouldn't have to leave school to get serious about climate change, writes Eben Bein. We have the power to change that.
October 1, 2019 – Education Week
For years, educators have complained that they lacked materials aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards. But a new effort called OpenSciEd is slowly releasing a free, open curriculum that many say is high-quality.
September 4, 2019 – Education Week
While many students eagerly count down the last few days of the school year, the start of summer break is a more anxious prospect for students in and on the verge of homelessness.
June 19, 2019 – Education Week
Whether it involves enlisting students to collect bugs in Michigan or star-gaze in Massachusetts, citizen science projects could be the next big thing for hands-on science education.
June 12, 2019 – Education Week
Science, technology, engineering, and math diplomas open a lot of doors, writes Emilio Pack. But are they open to everyone?
April 23, 2019 – Education Week

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