Leading-edge Exemplars

“Pour ce qui est de l’avenir, il ne s’agit pas de le prévoir, mais de le rendre possible.” (“As for the future, it is not a question of predicting it, but of making it possible.”) ~Antoine de Saint Exupéry (1948) The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) issued a special report in 2018 on the […]

The challenge: How to equitably increase access to environmental and arts knowledge for 4,000 K–12th grade students countywide in just a few months? How to make sustainable changes that will support and transform the landscape after the end of one-time funding?  To meet the challenge, the Marin County Office of Education (MCOE) partnered with organizations […]

“When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.” ~John Muir  In April 2019, nearly 70 K–12 educators from Amador, Calaveras, San Joaquin, Stanislaus, and Tuolumne counties came to a special dinner in Stockton to learn about environmental justice, culturally responsive teaching, and the benefits […]

Walking along the shoulder of a busy two-lane thoroughfare called Green Valley Road to Pinto Lake on a sunny morning in Watsonville, CA, bringing up the back of a line of 3rd grade students from Amesti Elementary School, I am reflecting on how aptly the road is named when Juan—everybody calls him ‘Jay’— says, ‘There’s […]

This winter, I had the pleasure of participating in a panel discussion focused on environmental literacy at the annual California Curriculum and Instruction Steering Committee (CISC) Leadership Symposium. Our session featured the work of county offices of education that are supporting districts using environmental learning as the context for inclusive, relevant engagement with core subject […]

Paramount Unified School District (PUSD) is progressing toward the full implementation of California Next Generation Science Standards (CA NGSS) and the Environmental Principles & Concepts (EP&Cs) throughout grades K–12. This progress is the result of a strategic district-level plan for implementation that includes: multiple professional learning opportunities for all teachers and school leaders; the development […]

The theme of the North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE) conference held in Spokane, Washington was, “Environmental Education: A Force for the Future.” The community that was built during the conference of over 1,300 formal educators, professors, environmental educators, students, government officials, speakers, and organizers showcased the passion and dedication we all have to […]