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.
Curriculum & Instruction
The Power of Story: Building Connection, Understanding, Agency, and HopePosted by Teresa Barnett, Eric Havel, Helen Fitzmaurice, Kate Gallagher on November 16, 2022
Meet the CCEJP Writing Team for Grades 3-5! The CRS-OTACA team brings together classroom teachers and informal educators, scientists, and community partners with a shared reverence for the power of storytelling.
Launching Ten Strands’ Climate Change and Environmental Justice Program for StudentsPosted by Roni Jones on October 20, 2022
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 […]
Building Community at Presidio Tunnel TopsPosted by Christy Rocca on October 6, 2022
The Presidio of San Francisco, which serves the community with outdoor experiences and acts as a hub for the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, was given a golden opportunity: a necessary highway redesign resulted in a chance to add 14 new acres of parkland with visitor amenities on top of the highway tunnels. Committed donors […]
Statement of Purpose: Collaborating to Support Teachers and StudentsPosted by Jeffrey Dowling on October 6, 2022
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 […]
Securing Our Planet’s Future Through Climate and Environmental LiteracyPosted by Marwa Abdelghani on September 22, 2022
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 […]
Statement of Purpose: Transforming California’s Educational SystemPosted by Amy Frame on September 1, 2022
I first understood that something was very wrong when I saw that the 2015 Sustainable City pLAn had exactly zero mentions of K–12 education in it, despite its focus on “Transforming Los Angeles: Environment, Economy, Equity.” My professor, the first chief sustainability officer for the city of Los Angeles, told me it was because he […]
Catalyzing Change Through a Whole Systems ApproachPosted by Andra Yeghoian on August 18, 2022
Sixty years ago, the well-known physicist, philosopher, and historian of science Thomas Kuhn wrote the book The Structure of Scientific Revolutions, which brought the concept of a paradigm shift into mainstream use: “an important change that happens when the usual way of thinking about or doing something is replaced by a new and different way.” […]