CLEAN Teleconference Call March 24, 2015

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NCSE: Combating Science Denial on the Homefront and Beyond

Since launching our climate change initiative in 2012, Mark McCaffrey has been integral in NCSE's efforts to combat anti-science legislation, support educators, engage in professional development, and advise on curriculum development. Mark markedly raised NCSE's visibility with like-minded organizations and federal agencies--including an invite to participate in the White House's National Climate Assessment conference last year.

Thanks to our greater visibility, NCSE can work with educators, school districts, and state boards of education that encounter resistance to teaching climate change. But what's this mean and how do we actually help educators? In this webinar, we'll talk about the past 3 years of NCSE's work with climate change education, our plans for the future, and Mark's next steps in developing an international CLEAN.

Helpful Links:

Here's UNITAR's Guidance Note for Developing a National Climate Change Learning Strategy:

Climate KIC (Knowledge Innovation Community:

Climate KIC Learning Portal:

Minda Berbeco came to NCSE from UC Davis, where she was a post-doctoral scholar conducting research studies on climate change and agriculture. An expert on the carbon cycle and climate change, she has taught, written, and presented talks on the effects of climate change on forests and carbon and nitrogen cycling. Berbeco brings to NCSE a knowledge of climate change policy, greenhouse gas emissions and mitigation in agriculture and forests, and related topics. 

As Programs and Policy Director at the National Center for Science Education (NCSE), Mark S. McCaffrey helped spearhead the NCSE Climate Change Education initiative and convene the Climate and Energy Literacy Summit. He served as an Associate Scientist with the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) at the University of Colorado at Boulder from 2001 to 2011. During that time he helped lead the development of the NOAA Paleo Perspective on Abrupt Climate Change, the Climate TimeLIne Information Tool, and played a catalytic role in initiating and deploying the Climate Literacy and Energy Literacy frameworks. He was a Co-Principal Investigator of the Climate Literacy & Energy Literacy Network (CLEAN), and a member of the International Polar Year Education, Outreach and Communications Committee. He holds a graduate degree in education from the University of Northern Colorado where he focused on water as an interdisciplinary and integrating theme for teaching. McCaffrey helped establish an education affinity group with the National Climate Assessment Network, which is a public-private partnership organized under the auspices of the U.S. Global Change Research Program.  

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