Dr. Kelley Lê

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 […]

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Jan. 26, 2021 Newsletter

Posted by Ten Strands on January 26, 2021

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.

Celeste Royer

A Journey to Centering Equity

Posted by Celeste Royer on January 25, 2021

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! […]

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Jan. 13, 2021 Newsletter

Posted by Ten Strands on January 13, 2021

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.

Leena Bakshi

Can the Environment Be Racist?

Posted by Leena Bakshi on January 4, 2021

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 […]

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Dec. 15, 2020 Newsletter

Posted by Ten Strands on December 15, 2020

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.

Karen Cowe

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.