Prologue: Costa Rica Early morning walks to meet the preschool microbús are my earliest memories of engaging the natural world. The sun was usually bright, but the pavement was wet from the predawn rain that routinely showered our suburb in San José, Costa Rica. My grandmother and I looked forward to poking the open dormilonas […]
We feature Dr. Kelley Le, program director at the University of California, Irvine Science Project, and author of the upcoming book Teaching Climate Change for Grades 6-12: Empowering Science Teachers to Take on the Climate Crisis Through NGSS. Dr. Le shares how science can be taught in meaningful, equitable, and culturally relevant ways.
Eight. This was the percentage of students from the Title 1 high school I attended in Los Angeles who enrolled in and completed a degree at a four-year university. My senior class had nearly 1,000 students at the beginning of the year. At the end of the year, roughly 500 proudly earned a high school […]
Our new interim director of equity and inclusion, Celeste Royer, describes her life and career experiences that make up her journey so far in centering equity in the movement to build environmental literacy in California.
A few months ago, I was speaking to my friend Julian Agyeman from Tufts University. I mentioned to him that I was newly retired from my full-time job but that I was still active in numerous environmental literacy initiatives related to centering equity. Julian kindly stated that I was not retired but repurposed. Yes, indeed! […]
Dr. Leena Bakshi, founder of STEM4REAL, a nonprofit professional learning organization committed to combining STEM content learning with principles of equity and social justice, discusses why we should teach about environmental justice and shares five steps for creating antiracist environmental classroom lessons.
Take a moment to go outside and inhale a whopping breath of air. Do you take in a breath of fresh air or do you in fact take in a breath of fresh pollution? The answer to this question lies in where you are taking in this precious air. As science educators, we have a […]
Naomi Stern, green facilities and operations analyst at the San Mateo County Office of Education, shares her experience participating in SMELC in prior years, how the institute shifted to a virtual format this year, and how hands-on project-based learning can translate remotely.