Resources for Teachers and Students

Resources for Teaching Evolution

There are a number of excellent websites and organizations that provide extensive resources for teaching evolutionary biology.:

  • Course Source: http://www.coursesource.org/
    An open-access journal of peer-reviewed teaching resources for undergraduate biological sciences.

  • Evo-Ed Cases: http://www.evo-ed.org/
    A set of online case studies that “track the evolution of traits from their origination in DNA mutation, to the production of different proteins, to the fixation of alternate macroscopic phenotypes in reproductively isolated populations.”

  • Evolution: Education and Outreach: https://evolution-outreach.springeropen.com/
    An open access journal that “promotes accurate understanding and comprehensive teaching of evolutionary theory for a wide audience.”

  • National Center for Science Education  https://ncse.com/
    NCSE is a nonprofit that “defends the integrity of science education against ideological interference. We work with teachers, parents, scientists, and concerned citizens at the local, state, and national levels to ensure that topics including evolution and climate change are taught accurately, honestly, and confidently.”

    • NCSEteach: Program in which participants receive strategies for teaching evolution, classroom materials, professional development resources, and priority access to NCSE programs and sponsored activities. https://ncse.com/signup-ncseteach

    • Scientist in the Classroom: A program that allows “teachers and scientists to collaborate as colleagues, peers and partners in the scientific enterprise to further science education.” https://ncse.com/scientistinclassroom

    • Dealing with Denial: Specific strategies for addressing the challenges that can come with teaching climate change and evolution in the classroom. https://ncse.com/dealingwithdenial

    • Classroom Resources: An extensive list of resources for both teaching and learning more about science, evolution, climate change, and more. https://ncse.com/classroom-resources

  • Sensory Ecology & Evolution Games: http://www.sensoryecology.com/games/
    A variety of citizen science games, where you help researchers better understand vision and camouflage, while learning about evolution along the way.

  • Understanding Evolution:  http://evolution.berkeley.edu/
    An extensive set of materials and resources for teaching K-12 and undergraduate students about evolution.

  • Understanding Science:  http://undsci.berkeley.edu/
    An extensive set of materials and resources for teaching K-12 and undergraduate students about science.

Programs, Courses and Workshops for Teachers

  • Evolution Education: http://www.evolutioned.org/
    Building a new model for K-12 science education based on teacher participation in scientific discovery.  Teachers can apply to be fellows and receive training and opportunities to participate in field work.

  • Montana State University Program Course: Teaching Evolution: http://btc.montana.edu/courses/aspx/descrip3.aspx?TheID=312
    Part of the Montana State Extended University, this course is geared toward grades 7-12 certified science teachers. In this course, students will get an overview of evolutionary history and theory, an introduction to current topics of evolution research, tools for making evolution relevant to the science classroom and students' lives, and strategies for lesson development, as well as practical techniques and background knowledge for responding to challenges to evolution instruction.

Additional Resources

  • Howard Hughes Medical Institute Biointeractive: http://www.hhmi.org/biointeractive
    Multimedia resources that are designed to bring the excitement of scientific discovery to K16 classrooms.

Other Organizations

  • BEACON Center for the Study of Evolution in Action: https://www.beacon-center.org/ 
    The BEACON Center for the Study of Evolution in Action is an NSF Science and Technology Center founded with the mission of illuminating and harnessing the power of evolution in action to advance science and technology and benefit society.

  • National Association of Biology Teachers (NABT): https://www.nabt.org/
    The National Association of Biology Teachers empowers educators to provide the best possible biology and life science education for all students.

  • National Center for Science Education (NCSE): https://ncse.com/
    NCSE is a nonprofit that “defends the integrity of science education against ideological interference. We work with teachers, parents, scientists, and concerned citizens at the local, state, and national levels to ensure that topics including evolution and climate change are taught accurately, honestly, and confidently.”

  • Society for the Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS): http://sacnas.org/
    SACNAS is “an inclusive organization dedicated to fostering the success of Chicano/Hispanic and Native American scientists, from college students to professionals, in attaining advanced degrees, careers, and positions of leadership in STEM.”


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