Author: Craig Strang

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Craig Strang

Craig is Emeritus Associate Director of Lawrence Hall of Science at the University of California, Berkeley. He is founding Director of MARE: Marine Activities, Resources & Education, a nationwide, award-winning K–8 professional learning and curriculum development program focused specifically on implementing school-wide marine science and environmental education programs that increase learning and language acquisition for English Learners. He was for 10 years the lead Principle Investigator of the multi-institution, NSF-funded Center for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence—California. He served as President of the U.S. National Marine Educators Association in 2012. He has co-led the Ocean Literacy Campaign in the U.S. since 2003, resulting in the development of Ocean Literacy: The Essential Principles of Ocean Sciences for Learners of All Ages and The Ocean Literacy Scope & Sequence for Grades K–12. He is co-author of three multi-volume sets of science & environmental education curriculum materials for grades K–8, and is PI of the Ocean Sciences Curriculum Sequences for Grades 3–5 and 6–8. Strang also leads the Center for Leadership in Science Teaching, and is Principal Investigator of BaySci: The Bay Area Partnership for K–12 Science, an NSF-funded research study on the effectiveness of a practicum-based model of science professional development, and BEETLES (Better Environmental Education Teaching, Learning & Expertise Sharing), a project to improve the quality of instruction in residential outdoor environmental education programs. He is the author of many articles, presentations and instructional materials, and before turning to science education full time did research on elephant seals, humpback whales, and California sea lions.

Craig Strang

Want to take a little quiz? Come on, it’ll be fun. Just answer this one question before you get started reading the rest of this article. Which of the following are widely accepted benefits associated with TK–12 students spending time learning outdoors? (Check all that apply.) ▢ Improved Ability to Concentrate/Focus Upon Returning to the […]

Ten Strands

Since May 2020, the National COVID-19 Outdoor Learning Initiative (NCOLI) has created dozens of free resources to support districts to center equity by returning students to school safely through the use of outdoor spaces for learning. In the spring and summer of 2021, Ten Strands, The Lawrence Hall of Science at the University of California, […]

Adam Frost

What does environmental education look like?  Picture it in your mind: You’re likely imagining school children trekking through the woods en route to a team-building exercise, stopping to do leaf rubbings and other nature observations along the way. While this may be the traditional notion of environmental education, it is not representative of the opportunities […]

Craig Strang

On September 15, 2015, Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson released the much anticipated A Blueprint for Environmental Literacy: Educating Every California Student In, About and For the Environment at a press conference at Abraham Lincoln High School in San Francisco. The Blueprint was created over the course of a year by a 47-member Environmental […]