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 […]
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.” […]
The Case for a Tripartite Strategy to Adult Environmental Education and Service ProgramsPosted by Gregory Ira on July 7, 2022
The mission of Ten Strands is to strengthen the partnerships and strategies that will bring environmental literacy to all of California’s K–12 students. I believe strongly in this mission and like many have benefited from the work of Ten Strands. I spent 15 years implementing an environmental education program at the Florida Department of Environmental […]
New Outdoor Learning School in Calistoga Brings Imaginative Approach to EducationPosted by Steven Rasmussen on January 20, 2022
In November, five students and their teacher from Palisades High School in Calistoga came to the canyon where I live just outside of town to plant acorns under the guidance of the Napa County Resource Conservation District (Napa RCD), a local government agency that provides technical assistance and education to farmers and the general community. […]
Ten Strands to Present at SXSW EDU EventPosted by Ten Strands on November 10, 2021
Ten Strands CEO, Karen Cowe, Sharon Danks, of Green Schoolyards America, Craig Strang, of The Lawrence Hall of Science, and Andra Yeghoian, of the San Mateo County Office of Education, will serve as panelists at the SXSW EDU Conference this March. The group had their panel, “Climate Resilient Schools, Future-Ready Students,” voted in as a […]
Oct. 1, 2021 NewsletterPosted by Ten Strands on October 1, 2021
Shaun Hawke, of the Los Angeles County Office of Education, provides recommendations to educators on how to maximize outdoor spaces.
Ten Strands Featured in Hechinger ReportPosted by Ten Strands on August 26, 2021
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.