PROFESSIONAL SOCIETIES

•   Continued strong support from the National Academy of Sciences and other scientific organizations can provide encouragement for teaching evolution in high schools and tying evolution to national standards.

•   Professional societies could specifically target and recruit the participation of teachers from high schools and community colleges to their annual meetings to explore how evolution is central to their disciplines and how evolution can be better integrated into appropriate sections of biology courses in those disciplines.

•   Professional societies could support presentations at annual meetings of educators on topics related to evolution education.

Robert Pennock from Michigan State University expressed an appropriate closing comment: “We are at a cusp where the communities are coming together to teach evolution across the curriculum. We’ve been wanting to do this for a long time. I hope that, a little while from now, we can look back on this [convocation] as something to celebrate.”



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