California’s Hub for Environmental Learning and Action (CHELA) is a new website resource for inquiry- and place-based learning on topics related to environmental literacy and environmental justice. It is designed to leverage the power of geospatial technologies to accelerate environmental learning, connect to students’ lived experiences, and support them in pursuing their interests in confronting […]
Even before 2020, our young people experienced skyrocketing rates of anxiety, stress, trauma, and suicide. This generation of students faces the fear of school or neighborhood shootings, concern over police brutality and systemic racism, and eco-anxiety. More than any generation before them, they see, hear, and feel local and global injustices in real time through […]
Claire Latané, assistant professor of landscape architecture at Cal Poly Pomona, offers suggestions on how schools and classrooms can transform physical spaces to improve mental health in this week’s newsletter.
Launched in spring 2020, the Climate Champions pilot project, based at the University of California, San Diego, models K–12, university, and community collaboration for climate action and climate justice. It was inspired and informed by the Environmental and Climate Change Literacy Project and Summit (ECCLPS) and its report that the University of California (UC), California […]
This week we are sharing a second article written by Nan Renner, senior director of learning design and innovation at UC San Diego’s Birch Aquarium at Scripps. Renner discusses the Climate Champions Virtual Summit and local climate K–12 curriculum.
Senator Ben Allen’s proposal passes, providing funds to create new open education resource (OER) curriculum units for K–12 students. SACRAMENTO — Governor Gavin Newsom, on July 9, signed into law landmark legislation that will allocate $6 million for the creation of free educational resources on climate change and environmental justice. The momentous bill was signed […]
Public Education System Historical Context The K–12 public school system is where students are given an opportunity to gain knowledge and skills for a successful life. It’s important for children from all communities to receive a high-quality education to thrive as individuals and become contributing members of society. Beginning in the mid-1900s, in the US, […]
This week we are sharing an article by Ten Strands’ founder and president, Will Parish, that describes the need for the state’s public education system to prepare students to understand the complexity of human interdependence with the environment, the disproportionate impact of climate change on low-income communities and communities of color, and how to take action to influence and […]