Teachers: March For Science ( A How-To Guide for Teachers to Organize or Join a March)

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On April 14, 2018, people around the world will head out into the streets to celebrate science, highlight the critical role it plays in each of our lives, and increase the sense of connection between the scientific community and society at large.

(The original March for Science took place April 22, 2017.)

The main march will take place in Washington D.C., and thousands of people are expected to travel to it; but even more will be joining satellite marches in cities and towns around the world. This is going to be a big deal. For the days leading up to and following the march, the news will feature stories about science and the march and run opinion pieces from scientists and science-lovers. Friends will talk about it at the coffee shop, and families will talk about it over meals. People will be paying a lot of attention to science (as we all should) and increasing their understanding of its huge & positive impact on their lives & their futures.

We think this is awesome.

We also think the march is an ideal moment for science educators to stand up and be recognized as pillars of the scientific community. After all, every groundbreaking particle physicist, society-shaping innovator, life-saving surgeon, and forward-thinking businessman had a teacher help them find the spark of inspiration that drove them to reach such great heights; and in classrooms around the country teachers are shaping the minds and hearts of every future Einstein, Grace Hopper, and Neil deGrasse Tyson. Even if we all can’t be scientific heroes, none of us can ignore how important our teachers were in shaping how we approach science, investigation, and experimentation. Since we are such big fans of science educators, we want to do them a solid and help to make it just a little bit easier for a teacher to join a march and share their march experiences, which will give everyone else a chance to thank them for all they do to promote science and truth and prepare all of us for the future.

So with that in mind, we have put together this little toolkit that has some helpful information about the main march in D.C. & how to join a satellite one. It also includes some language and templates to help you make those funny signs kids love these days, plus some tips for sharing things on Facebook and other social internet sites, and a few other goodies.

All we ask in return is that you share this with others – especially teachers – and encourage them to join you at the march.

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