Ten Strands CEO Karen Cowe reflects on her first ten years at Ten Strands. She has been pivotal in leading the organization and the state to ensure that students across California are equipped with the knowledge necessary to create healthy communities.
The Sierra Club Climate Literacy Committee and Ten Strands have a shared commitment to empowering all youth in California with the context and solution mindset to address our climate challenges head-on.
Change can be hard. That’s true for us individually but it’s even more true when we’re trying to change the systems in which our work, including education, takes place. California’s approach to curriculum and instruction offers a case in point. The decision about what gets taught in any individual classroom ultimately comes down to a […]
Earlier this summer, Ten Strands convened the community- and student-centered organizations selected to create curricular resources that will help teachers increase their students’ understanding of climate change and environmental justice, leading to impactful action in their communities as part of the Climate Change and Environmental Justice Program (CCEJP). The units will be designed to provide […]
In my first year of teaching I worked at a small public school in the Oakland Unified School District. The school included both middle and high school and in that first year I taught middle school physical science, high school chemistry, and an advisory class. I had done my student teaching in the San Francisco […]
Approximately 400 climate activists gathered in person and virtually last week to recommit to the fight for environmental literacy in PK–12 education systems across California. Ten Strands was proud to join our partners at the Environmental and Climate Change Literacy Projects (ECCLPs) (Re)Launch event to re-engage major collaborators in climate and environmental literacy, justice, and […]
My life changed dramatically when my son Saiid was born in 2016. Like most new parents, the immense joy I felt was coupled with an intense concern for providing him with the best life possible. As a native New Yorker, I knew that raising a child in the city wasn’t impossible, but I also knew […]
Climate change has become a divisive, political issue that has extended to our classrooms. That was a key takeaway from Katie Worth’s new book, Miseducation: How Climate Change Is Taught in America. Worth traveled to many communities to talk to children and teachers about what is being taught in schools about climate change in America’s […]