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    Education and the Environment Initiative News Fall Edition


    Happy Fall! Environmental Literacy is off to a great start this school year. Science educators will be happy to hear that the upcoming NGSS Statewide Rollouts are focused on environmental literacy and ways to use the environment as a context for supporting NGSS implementation! Learn more about this opportunity and register today.

    History-social science educators will likewise find a great resource in the latest Source Magazine published by our friends at the California History-Social Science Project. The entire issue is dedicated to environmental literacy and is chock full of essays, lessons, and articles about applying an environmental lens to the past.

    Read on to learn more about the latest happenings in the world of environmental education. 


    EEI Program Updates

    This new and informative webinar introduces K-5 educators on ways to use environmental phenomena as a focal point for teaching the Next Generation Science Standards. Educators also explore ways in which California’s Environmental Principles and Concepts (EP&CS) can be applied to local phenomena such as landfills, worm bins, and local nature preserves. 

    Professional Development Opportunities

    These two-day professional learning workshops are geared towards grade K-12 academic coaches, administrators, curriculum leads, and teacher leaders. Participants will experience grade-appropriate learning sequences with an environmental literacy focus and examples of local environmental phenomena.

    This unique professional development opportunity designed by Bioneers and Ten Strands is a shoulder event to the California STEAM symposium. The training event is designed for middle school and high school educators interested in the intersection of environmental education and sustainable design.

    Award, Grant, and Contest Opportunities

    Middle school students have the chance to charge up change with the SMUD electric vehicle video contest. The contest asks students to submit a 1-2 minute video promoting the benefits of driving electric vehicles.

    Deadline: October 18, 2019

    Award: Varies

    Looking for funding for an ocean education or coastal stewardship project for underserved youth or the general public? The California Coastal Commission is accepting applications for the WHALE TAIL® Grants between now and November 4, 2019, from nonprofits, schools, or government entities.

    Deadline: November 4, 2019

    Award: Up to $300,000

    The California Green Ribbon program recognizes schools that reduce environmental impact, improve health and wellness, and provide effective environmental and sustainable education. This award recognizes institutions that: reduce environmental impact and costs, improve the health and wellness of schools, students, and staff, and provide effective environmental and sustainable education.

    Deadline: November 14, 2019

    The California King Tides Project asks people to take photos of the highest high tides of the year to help visualize future sea-level rise. Students can participate in the citizen science project, as well as view hundreds of photos from past King Tides seasons.

    Deadline: January 12 & February 9, 2020

    The contest is open to middle school classrooms across the U.S. The contest asks students to create a video story that tackles real-world environmental problems and proposes solutions for the future.

    Deadline: March 9, 2020

    Award: $100- $500 and the grand prize includes a class trip to Florida.

    The California Coastal Commission invites California middle school and high school students to participate in the “Coming Together for the Climate” video contest. Students are asked to create a video that answers the question: “how do we come together for climate change?”

    Deadline: March 31, 2020

    Award: $100- $300

    Environmental Literacy News

    The Source is a magazine created by the UC Davis California History-Social Science Project (CHSSP), it provides educator driven content such as sample lesson plans, interviews with teachers and scholars, essays on history education and a calendar of upcoming events. The August 2019 issue focuses on Environmental Literacy in History-Social Science, Environmental Justice, Learning in and From the Outdoors and Empowering Eco-literate Global Citizens.

    Ten Strands Blog

    By Katherine Martinelli

    August 15, 2019

    The New York Times

    By Craig Strang, Jedda Foreman, Adam Frost, & Vanessa Lujan

    August 20, 2019

    Ten Strands Blog

    By Gerald Liebermann, PhD

    August 20, 2019

    Ten Strands Blog

    By Katherine Ehrenfeld Gardoqui

    September 13, 2019

    Education Week

    By Dean Reese

    September 23, 2019

    Ten Strands Blog

    Classroom Stories


    “Having a visual to go with the vocabulary was very helpful to my ELL students.  It also helped me when creating sentence frames and speaking stems.”

    — Michelle Lourenco, Kindergarten Educator, Santa Paula Unified School District  


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