EEI Curriculum

The California Education and the Environment Initiative (EEI) Curriculum is a standards-based, interactive K–12 curriculum that provides an excellent foundation for environmental literacy and environment-based education. The EEI Curriculum is the only state-approved K–12 multidisciplinary environmental education curriculum in the country. The Curriculum is free to California teachers and available in print and digital forms.

Guided by a set of Environmental Principles and Concepts (EP&Cs), the EEI Curriculum consists of 85 engaging units that teach core academic content standards to mastery in science, history-social science, and English language arts.

EEI units are correlated to the Common Core State Standards and the Next Generation Science Standards. Topics of study include air, water, energy, resource conservation, and climate change.

Understanding the EEI Curriculum’s effect in classrooms

In a survey of over 9,400 teachers using the EEI Curriculum in their classrooms:

  • 98% reported their students were engaged or very engaged by the Curriculum
  • 85% are sure the Curriculum is helping them teach Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts and Literacy
  • 97% of teachers who work with English Language Learners said that the EEI Curriculum effectively served the needs of their students
  • 98% plan to continue using the EEI Curriculum in future years
  • 96% would recommend it to other teachers

Using the EEI Curriculum with your students

Teachers and school administrators can learn more about the California Education and the Environment Initiative’s Curriculum by visiting our partner, the Office of Education and the Environment at CalRecycle and joining the mailing list to receive information about accessing curriculum resources and professional learning opportunities.

In addition to working with a classroom-based curriculum, taking students into the field significantly enhances the impact of their experience of the environment. Ten Strands is working with the California Department of Education (CDE) and the California Regional Environmental Education Community (CREEC) to connect classrooms with field-based, hands-on learning through CREEC’s statewide network of nonformal providers—including science centers, museums, parks, recycling centers, and community gardens—to enhance and extend student learning beyond the classroom.