Author: Ten Strands

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Ten Strands

Ten Strands' mission is to strengthen the partnerships and strategies that will bring environmental literacy to all of California’s K–12 students. Our vision is a world where everyone understands and experiences the interrelatedness of people and place; where all students have access to high-quality education with an environmental component; and where all people have the knowledge, awareness, and ability to make decisions that promote health and wellbeing for themselves and their communities.

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As students and educators return to the classroom, they encounter a challenging new world fueled by a global pandemic and academic inequality. Outdoor learning is helping to reimagine the educational environment and inspire the next generation of change-makers. FIVE BENEFITS OF OUTDOOR LEARNING Increased Connection: School closures and distance learning deprived students of the interpersonal […]

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Ten Strands CEO Karen Cowe, and Craig Strang, of the California Environmental Literacy Initiative Leadership Council, co-authored a piece in the Hechinger Report on the value of outdoor learning during the pandemic.

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California leaders across county offices of education and nonprofit organization, Ten Strands, are joining forces to expand access to environmental literacy through the launch of the Environmental Literacy Community of Practice (COP). Spearheaded by the County Office of Education (COE) Innovation Hub within California Environmental Literacy Initiative, this group of changemakers will build the capacity […]

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Aug. 24, 2021 Newsletter

Posted by Ten Strands on August 24, 2021

This week’s newsletter features Dr. Thomas Herman, of the Department of Geography at San Diego State University, writing about the launch California’s Hub for Environmental Learning and Action (CHELA), a website resource that uses geographic data to accelerate environmental learning.

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July 29, 2021 Newsletter

Posted by Ten Strands on July 29, 2021

Claire Latané, assistant professor of landscape architecture at Cal Poly Pomona, offers suggestions on how schools and classrooms can transform physical spaces to improve mental health in this week’s newsletter.

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July 22, 2021 Newsletter

Posted by Ten Strands on July 22, 2021

This week we are sharing a second article written by Nan Renner, senior director of learning design and innovation at UC San Diego’s Birch Aquarium at Scripps. Renner discusses the Climate Champions Virtual Summit and local climate K–12 curriculum.

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Senator Ben Allen’s proposal passes, providing funds to create new open education resource (OER) curriculum units for K–12 students. SACRAMENTO — Governor Gavin Newsom, on July 9, signed into law landmark legislation that will allocate $6 million for the creation of free educational resources on climate change and environmental justice. The momentous bill was signed […]

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June 29, 2021 Newsletter

Posted by Ten Strands on June 29, 2021

This week we are sharing an article by Ten Strands’ founder and president, Will Parish, that describes the need for the state’s public education system to prepare students to understand the complexity of human interdependence with the environment, the disproportionate impact of climate change on low-income communities and communities of color, and how to take action to influence and […]