Thanks for generating some good exchanges, and for persevering and asking your questions again!
I have 3 responses/reactions:
1. Each state and school district and school (sometimes depending on the principal) has a different perspective re climate change and the degree to which it should be taught & what courses it belongs in. You hit the nail on the head in suggesting that all those issues can be political. Only by talking to teachers in your neck of the woods will it be possible to figure out the lay of the land -- and I encourage you to do that.
2. NAAEE Conference Poster?: Save October 16–19, 2019 for our next conference in Lexington, KY -- the call for proposals will be out early in the new year -- and we usually have some eePro discussions re proposals that folks want to see/are interested in. So, we'll be better able to answer your conference questions soon.
3. I don't know anything about MO's earth and physical science standards -- or whether, as a state, MO has adopted the new national science standards. If there's someone in our eePro group who is involved in 9-12 science education/schools in your state, I'm hoping that s/he will chime in.
You sound like you may already know about the new national Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). In many states, they guide both classroom expectations/curriculum and teacher professional development -- and also student evaluation. You can see them at https://www.nextgenscience.org/ and find out whether the concepts you are asking about/looking for are included.
You may be interested in this earth science opportunity after the holidays. If so, be sure to register for it now -- it looks good and it's bound to fill up:
The NGSS-ESS Working Group is pleased to announce a free webinar, A Teacher’s Perspective on the NGSS: All Standards for All Students, Earth Science Integration, and the Three Dimensions
on Thursday, January 10 at 4 p.m. ET, 3 p.m. CT, 2 p.m. MT, 1 p.m. PT. The webinar will be presented by Jim Clark and Samantha Johnson, Next Gen Science Innovations.
The webinar is free, but registration is required. Please visit: https://nagt.org/nagt/profdev/workshops/ngss_summit/jan2019/index.html
You will receive webinar access information a day or two before the webinar. We will also post a recording of the webinar on the NGSS-ESS webinar page: http://bit.ly/webinarngss where we invite you to view archived videos of all of the previous webinars.
A Teacher’s Perspective on the NGSS: All Standards for All Students, Earth Science Integration, and the Three Dimensions
After having taught for more than 30 years, I’ve seen many education initiatives come and go, but am happy to say that the Next Generation Science Standards are here to stay. This webinar will highlight not only my experiences teaching the standards in a high school classroom, but also designing and running teacher professional development around the NGSS. I will focus on what I think are some of the most important, and unique, features: the mandate that every student receive access to all the standards, as well as the idea that all sciences can be driven by earth science phenomena. We will discuss different aspects of classroom practice that support NGSS implementation, as well as systemic changes like whole-district implementation teams and course model design. Special emphasis will be placed on equity and equitable teaching practices to engage all learners.
Jim Clark and Samantha Johnson. Next Gen Science Innovations