NCSE conducts monthly webinars (interactive online trainings), and archives those trainings for later viewing. These trainings will cover a range of topics, from media skills, lobbying, and advocacy using social media, to skills for building a local or statewide group of "citizens for science" and for recruiting new members and moving them into leadership positions.
Click through the list of webinars below to review video from the original session, to download the slide decks used in them, and to access other resources related to the presentation.
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Webinar conducted November 25, 2013.
Description: What can citizens like you do to respond when science education comes under attack? How can you and other concerned citizens organize to fight back? What can you do to prevent attacks on science education in your community?
Based on the National Center for Science Education's decades of experience, this workshop will build the skills you'll need to ensure that evolution and climate change education are safe in your schools. When a parent calls wondering why her child was sent home with a creationist pamphlet, or a teacher needs to respond to pressure from parents or administrators to drop lessons on climate change, or when state legislators threaten to write science denial into state laws, NCSE relies on local voices and local experience to fight back. Throughout this training, we'll work through such specific case studies to illustrate the skills and resources science education defenders need.
This first webinar training in a monthly series will survey the skills and resources which concerned citizens need in responding to attacks on science education. Topics will include how to build a network of like-minded people before and during a crisis, how to respond to an attack on science education, how to prevent a crisis from emerging in the first place, and how to prepare for a crisis and make the eventual reaction more effective. The webinar is intended for anyone from experienced activists to relative novices.
Session leader Josh Rosenau has been Programs and Policy Director at NCSE for six years, working with parents and teachers to resolve anti-evolution attacks and defuse conflicts over climate change education. Before joining NCSE, he was a graduate student in biology in Kansas and was drawn into the battles over evolution in the state's science standards. At NCSE he trains scientists to speak about evolution to potentially hostile audiences, testifies before state board of education meetings, and helps local networks of citizens plan their responses to statewide legislation and and local conflicts.
Webinar conducted December 18, 2013.
Description: Bills attacking evolution education and climate change education were filed in almost a dozen state legislatures last year, and a new legislative season starting in January will bring many more.
Stopping bad legislation and encouraging policymakers to support strong science education requires the active involvement of local citizens. When lawmakers hear from their own constituents—the voters who put them in office, the neighbors and colleagues whose good opinion they value—bad bills can be stopped and science education can be made stronger. When local citizens are silent, or can be shouted down by a vocal opposition, dangerous laws are enacted.
This interactive training will be led by a panel of state lobbying experts. They will discuss their own experience fighting bad bills, and share advice and resources to help citizens like you become active and effective lobbyists on behalf of science education. Experienced activists will have a chance to hone their skills, while those without lobbying experience will learn how to get involved and be most effective without repeating common mistakes of rookie lobbyists. We will discuss how to keep track of a bill's progress, how to identify and befriend sympathetic legislators, and why the most effective lobbying happens well before testimony at a committee hearing.
The panel will be led by Josh Rosenau, Programs and Policy Director for the National Center for Science Education. He has worked with citizens in dozens of states as they worked to fight dangerous bills. Vic Hutchison is a professor emeritus at U. Oklahoma and founder and past president of Oklahomans for Excellence in Science Education, a group of concerned citizens with a remarkably successful record of blocking anti-science bills in the conservative Oklahoma legislature. Dena Sher fights creationist policies and other attacks on civil liberties as legislative counsel at the ACLU's national office, and previously as state legislative counsel for Americans United for Separation of Church and State.
After 27 years, Eugenie Scott is stepping down as NCSE's executive director. Taking the reins in her stead is Ann Reid. Reid knows that NCSE's work depends on a strong and engaged base of local activists who monitor schools, school boards, and legislatures, and work to defend and support evolution and climate change education, and she hopes you'll join her for an online conversation.
Ann wants to introduce herself to NCSE's community of local activists, to hear more about what you are doing, and to hear more about how NCSE can help. On Wednesday, January 29 at 11 am Pacific (2 pm Eastern), Ann Reid and Eugenie Scott will host an informal, online meet-and-greet, and we hope you'll join in.
What does this historic transition mean for NCSE and for the network of citizen activists which NCSE has worked with and relied upon for so long? What should Ann know about what you and other local citizens for science are doing? What would you like to know about her plans? What did Genie do that Ann should build on, and what can she and NCSE do better in the future? This is your chance to ask your questions, offer guidance, introduce her to this crucial part of NCSE's work, and welcome her to the NCSE family.
Genie will be part of the meeting as well, so don't be shy about asking how she plans to spend her retirement, and whether she already misses NCSE.
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When: Thursday, February 27, 2 PM EST/11 AM PST
Description: "Darwin in Danger," screams one headline; "climate change lesson provokes heated response," claims another. When science education comes under attack, how can concerned citizens spread the word through newspapers, TV news, and other media? How can concerned citizens like you ensure that the media gets the story right? How can local networks of science education advocates work with the press to draw in new members and apply pressure to policymakers?
To answer those questions, this interactive training on Thursday, February 27 (2 PM Eastern, 11 AM Pacific) will be led by a panel of media experts who have worked to ensure thorough and accurate coverage of battles over evolution, climate change, and other science classroom flashpoints. They will discuss their own experiences with journalists and media strategy, and share advice and resources to help citizens like you plan for media outreach and be effective spokespeople for science. We will discuss how to connect with local reporters, how to plan for an interview, a press conference, or media coverage for other events. Our panel of media experts will share their own experiences and work through case studies to help you hone your skills and put them to use yourself.
The panel will include: Robert Luhn, Director of Communications for NCSE; Liz Craig, a freelance writer and board member with Kansas Citizens for Science, and Erin Heath, associate director of government relations at the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Luhn leads NCSE's media outreach efforts, and has been a journalist for 40 years for technology, environmental, and medical publications. Craig led KCFS's media strategy through the 1999 and 2005 battles over creationism before the state board of education and is a freelance writer covering a range of topics. Heath is a former science policy journalist and staffer for scientific and legislative bodies, focused on biomedical policy and the public and civic engagement of scientists and engineers. Moderator Josh Rosenau is a programs and policy director at NCSE.
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