Environmental Literacy

Ten Strands launched the San Mateo Environmental Learning Collaborative in 2015 in partnership with the San Mateo County Office of Education. This article is from one of the instructional coaches at the 2019 summer institute. The author, Robyn Stone, offers a unique perspective.  “Over 1,000 people were impacted in my community!” exclaimed fifth-grade teacher Andrea […]

Note: Since the time this article was written, the world has focused on facing the COVID-19 global pandemic. As governments and citizens shift rapidly to save lives, we can see opportunities to build connections and innovate solutions that will also serve us in addressing climate change. Scientific and environmental literacy are more important than ever, […]

As an educator for over 20 years, I have started questioning the goal of education.  With an overemphasis on grades and testing, sometimes the things that matter the most—such as learning about climate change—get put on the back burner.  To bring environmental literacy and advocacy to the forefront, and educate high school students about climate […]

Even though our classroom at California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH) sat adjacent to a parking lot in the midst of an extensive construction zone, the three-day teacher institute was punctuated multiple times with cries from a hawk perched in one of the few eucalyptus trees nearby. It was a ripe opportunity to think about […]

In September 2007, I enrolled my son in kindergarten at our local elementary school. I have a clear memory of a parent-teacher association meeting where I spontaneously asked about the potential for installing a garden on school grounds. “We don’t have a hose bib,” they answered, “so it won’t work.” End of story. By my […]

As teaching science moved into the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), teachers needed background in these exciting new standards, yet some were struggling with the complexity of the three dimensions. Some teachers resisted, stating time concerns. Some felt they did not have the science capacity to teach science in elementary school. There was a need […]

“For the love of God, not one more thing!” This was my first thought when hearing about the Environmental Principles & Concepts (EP&Cs) roughly three years into my Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) journey. After much struggle and frustration I was by no means an expert, but was just beginning to feel like I had […]

As we look back on 2019, we want to thank you for your support and engagement with Ten Strands. Since 2012, our focus has been to work with the largest school system in the country to integrate environmental literacy into the core educational experience of all California’s 6.2 million K–12 public school students. We are […]