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The Conference Circuit

As I've written previously, science teachers are eager to find information on how to present sensible and accurate information about climate change, whatever their personal views on the issue. Yet many have found that those resources are hard to come by. State standards generally don't mention the topic, and, probably as a result, a lot of textbooks and curricular materials don't, either.

I will say that the publishing industry seems to be putting some money into developing new materials, judging from the sheer volume of stuff coming into my mailbox. Even so, science teachers appear to be left to cobble together materials on their own.

But summer, of course, is the time for professional development, and next month, a couple federal agencies are joining Sally Ride in sponsoring a conference for educators on how to teach about climate change. The two-day event will be held in Silver Spring, Md., July 23-24. It's sponsored by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and NASA, among others.

See my previous story for a few online resources for teachers on climate change. Just to name a few: there's NOAA, NASA, and the National Center for Atmospheric Research.

Also, I suppose more of a primary document is the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's most recent report.

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