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.
The EEI Curriculum is great! The objectives are clear and reasonable, the lesson plans are easy to follow, and the learning activities are engaging because they appeal to a variety of learning modalities.
4th grade teacher, Oakland Unified School District
I incorporated an EEI unit into my language arts class to support students’ learning of ancient Chinese civilizations. My students were so engaged and genuinely excited to bring their new learning into other classrooms, thus allowing for clear connections to the content in history. Teaching the students the significance of ancient civilizations and their influence on modern society has become easier through the use of EEI.
7th grade history teacher, Briggs School District
The major difference between the EEI Curriculum and our adopted curriculum is that the EEI unit had more elements of Common Core. EEI focuses more on critical thinking and writing…the direction in which education is evolving.
High School Science Teacher, Kern High School District