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If a teacher decides to adopt a project based learning (PBL) approach, even the Gold Standard Project Based Learning unit, the most comprehensive tier of PBL strategies, starts with a simple question: What’s the content that teachers will use to foster a successful classroom?     There is no shortage of sources from which to choose: […]

There are several days each week when I am fortunate to get to wear many environmental education hats. On a daily basis, I am the Director of Environmental Education at TreePeople and a Regional Coordinator for the California Regional Environmental Education Community (CREEC) Network. In addition, I serve on California’s Environmental Literacy Steering Committee, participating […]

In her blog post earlier this year, Ten Strands Board member Sheila Nahi provided an unequivocal yes to the question of whether we are still in a ‘Goldilocks moment’ to achieve environmental literacy in California, as first posed by Ten Strands Founder and President Will Parish in July 2015. With the active implementation of A […]

The article below was featured as an op-ed in La Opinión. La Opinión is a Spanish-language daily newspaper published in Los Angeles, California, USA and distributed throughout the six counties of Southern California. It is the largest Spanish-language newspaper in the United States and second most-read newspaper in Los Angeles. HERE is a link to the original […]

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 23, 2017 Contact: Environmental Literacy Steering Committee Karen Cowe, Project Director Email: kcowe@tenstrands.org California Public-Private Partnership Honored for Work in Advancing Environmental Literacy California’s Environmental Literacy Steering Committee was honored with a top national award yesterday for its model approach to infusing environmental literacy into K–12 education statewide. The Committee received […]

Part two: A Deeper Dive Please refer to Part 1 of Kurt’s post, where he shares an in-depth look at the Get Outside with NGSS workshop! We have a unique opportunity in 2017 to invigorate public education; specifically, to elevate environment-based science learning. This exciting momentum is driven by dramatically increased recognition of the value of […]

History and Development of the Get Outside Workshops In early 2012, the California State Board of Education was on the brink of adopting the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)—standards that would radically change how teachers would approach teaching science to their students. Anticipating the need for teacher support while transitioning to NGSS (which was adopted […]

“The students cleared a local pond that frequently gets clogged with natural or human-made pollution. On their return visit, they saw that a huge log had been thrown into the pond–but when they went to remove it, they found a thriving ecosystem of snails reclaiming the wood. So the students made the independent decision to […]