Place-based Learning

Deedee Chao

On April 21, 2020, the California Subject Matter Project (CSMP) held a virtual environmental justice charrette. The charrette brought together CSMP leaders, environmental justice organizers and scholars, and student leaders with the goals of exploring the following questions: What is environmental justice? What does teaching for environmental justice look like in practice? How does it […]

Dr. Virginia Vandergon

For four years, we at the California State University, Northridge, Science Learning Colaboratory have been working with Los Angeles-area science teachers to develop relevant and engaging lessons and activities that integrate California’s Environmental Principles and Concepts (EP&Cs) into the California Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) secondary school science curriculum. For three years, we have used […]

Robyn Stone

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 […]

Kavita Gupta

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 […]

Shelley Brooks, PhD

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 […]

Crystal Howe

Teaching robust Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) lessons can be challenging, so asking teachers to center instruction on local environmental phenomena can make the task feel overwhelming. For the last six years, we’ve been introducing teachers in San Diego to local environmental phenomena that can be used as a focus for instruction both in and […]

Annie Ransom

“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 […]

Joanna Totino

“I need a glue gun!”  “Should we use black or white paper?” “Think about the angle.” “Let’s try putting the foil here.”  “Should we seal it completely?”   If you were at Bay Farm School in Alameda on June 12, 2019, you would have heard these phrases coming from teams of teachers who were designing, building, […]