When I entered the Tree Rooms for the first day of the San Mateo County Office of Education’s (SMCOE) San Mateo Environmental Learning Collaborative (SMELC) institute in summer 2017, I knew some of what to expect. I knew I would be taking a break from my responsibilities as a summer camp manager with the HEAL […]
In a letter to Ten Strands’ community, CEO Karen Cowe reflects on the challenges and accomplishments of 2020 and expresses appreciation for all partners and supporters who have been part of this journey towards statewide K–12 environmental literacy.
Peggy Harte, Solano County Office of Education’s new program manager of environmental literacy and instruction, describes her path as a leader in California science education, and how inquiry-based environmental literacy can positively impact student learning.
“Research shows that weaving together science and language development can increase students’ academic performance in reading, writing, and science simultaneously.” ~ Sarah Feldman and Verónica Flores Malagon, “Unlocking Learning: Science as a Lever for English Learner Equity” The path that led me to environmental literacy education was less than direct, more of a meandering road. […]
We share an interview with Ten Strands CEO Karen Cowe, originally published by CASE to accompany the announcement that Ten Strands and the California Environmental Literacy Initiative are 2020 winners of the California Association of Science Educators‘ (CASE) Distinguished Contribution Award!
This interview between California Association of Science Educators (CASE) and Karen Cowe, Ten Strands CEO and California Environmental Literacy Initiative project director, originally appeared on the CASE website and was republished with permission. Tell us about Ten Strands and the work of the California Environmental Literacy Initiative. Ten Strands was founded eight years ago by […]
Environmental issues lend themselves to cross-disciplinary integrative learning and science teachers are central to the effort to bring environmental literacy to every California child. . . . At the heart of this broader integrative effort is three-dimensional science learning (NGSS) that emerges from the facilitation of rich environmental learning experiences. […]
This week we are sharing a story originally published by the California Association of Science Educators written by Juanita Chan and Lizbeth Mariscal of Rialto Unified School District about the importance of environmental education amidst the uncertainty of the global pandemic.