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We asked applicants for the NCSE Grand Canyon Teacher Scholarship to explain, in 500 words, how they’ve addressed challenges to the teaching of evolution, climate change, and related issues. Here is part of scholarship winner Crystal Davis’s description of an exercise she uses to help her inner-city high school students connect to the science of climate change, and the ways it affects people all over the world.

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We asked applicants for the NCSE Grand Canyon Teacher Scholarship to explain, in 500 words, what lessons or knowledge they expected to gain from rafting the Grand Canyon, to enrich their students’, colleagues’, and neighbors’ understanding of evolution, deep time, climate change, and the natural world. Here is part of scholarship winner Crystal Davis’s explanation of how her time with NCSE in the Grand Canyon will benefit students in her Los Angeles-area high school.

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We asked applicants for the NCSE Grand Canyon Teacher Scholarship to explain, in 500 words, how they’ve addressed challenges to the teaching of evolution, climate change, and related issues. Here is part of scholarship winner Brandon Haught’s explanation of how his experience fighting creationism in the Florida board of education differs from the challenge of addressing creationist students’ objections.

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04.21.2016

In Parts 1 and 2, we examined AltSchool’s ideas about how to “disrupt” education using data and technology.  But the problems with education are not only due to a lack of technology, and they are certainly not due to teachers, teacher tenure, teachers’ unions, flawed lesson plans, or grading rubrics. The real problem is poverty. 

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04.20.2016

Last time we examined an article by Rebecca Mead about AltSchool, a “disruptive” Silicon Valley educational system founded by a former Google executive, Max Ventilla. Let’s look now at a few of Ventilla’s statements to get a better sense of how AltSchool’s educational “disruption” happens.

Mead’s article quotes Ventilla about the value of foreign language instruction:

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04.19.2016

A recent article in The New Yorker exposed some interesting aspects about why educational “reforms” often fail. Highlighting the efforts of a Bay Area private school system started by a former tech executive, the author, Rebecca Mead, gets into great detail of how the “disruption” that upended the cab and hotel industries across America, is a tougher road to tread with schools.

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09.29.2015

Every year, as August slouches toward September, public schools around the country resume classes—and bemoan the difficulty of finding enough teachers:

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09.14.2015

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The California Science Teachers Association adopted a position statement on climate change education at its board meeting on September 12, 2015.

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05.05.2015

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California State PTA adopted a resolution on climate change and climate change education — entitled "Climate Change is a Children's Issue" — at its annual convention in Sacramento, California, on May 2, 2015.

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I noticed the "vacancy" signs first. Two motels, three motels, five, ten, twenty. Their parking lots empty, the swimming pools undisturbed, the hopeful ice machines churning out cubes for guests who never came. This, at the height of the tourist season.

Was it the still-sluggish economy? Steep gas prices? Or something else, something extraordinary?

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