As a Teacher Ambassador for a program that Ten Strands supports, the Education and the Environment Initiative, I am sharing my passion for this environmental curriculum with other teachers to try and get their involvement. My involvement as a Teacher Ambassador makes me feel that I can contribute and make a difference, because the most important thing teachers can do is teach children about the environment. So this has given me an opportunity to follow through with my passion.
Teacher Ambassador and 4th Grade Teacher, Manor School, Fairfax
I have been using various aspects of the EEI Curriculum for at least 2 years now. I've used the California Natural Regions reader in the introductory unit for social studies, California Indian Peoples in the second unit for social studies, the ecosystems and decomposers units for science, and Witnessing the Gold Rush for social studies and science. I've incorporated the food chains science section into the social studies regions of California. I'm using the gold rush information for social studies to lead into our science unit on minerals and rocks.
Even though I have class sets of only a few of the EEI Curriculum units, I use them over and over. I've used the vocabulary cards and pictures in various ways—most effectively as a scavenger hunt to open or review a unit. These units are wonderfully effective in relating science and social studies.
Please keep us supplied with these valuable units of study!
Ten Strands has been immensely helpful to our efforts. From supporting immediate teacher needs for professional development to helping build the long-term capacity of our program, they have provided expertise and resources to get high-quality environmental education into California's classrooms. Their energy, passion, and expert practical assistance are helping us reach our goals quickly, effectively, and inexpensively. They have surpassed our expectations.
Deputy Director for Education and Environmental Affairs, CalRecycle
We envision a world where all students have access to high-quality educational experiences with an environmental component.