Teacher Ambassador Program

Ten Strands is proud to partner with CalRecycle's Office of Education and the Environment in a unique professional learning offering for teachers: the Teacher Ambassador Program.

The Teacher Ambassador Program enlists master teachers using the Education and the Environment Initiative (EEI) Curriculum to lead workshops introducing content, pedagogy, and best practices to teachers who are interested in using the environment to teach required standards in core subject areas—such as science, history–social science, and English language arts.

The program includes:

  • Webinars

The webinar program EEI Live! provides guided professional learning for teachers and administrators highlighting the EEI Curriculum and the issues that matter to educators—such as the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), and student engagement. Teacher Ambassadors lead and present the webinars, which are archived and available to any teacher at any time.

Since the beginning of our partnership with OEE, more than 8,900 educators have participated in the EEI Live program.

  • In-Person Workshops

In-person workshops provide hands-on professional learning using the EEI Curriculum. Teachers benefit from seeing inquiry-based instruction modeled, and gain experience by practicing with lessons from the Curriculum. The workshops encourage teachers to use the environment as a basis for teaching, and connects them to Teacher Ambassadors who act as mentors.

Since the beginning of our partnership with OEE, more than 16,100 educators have participated attended in-person trainings.

Together with our partners, we have conducted over 870 professional learning events.

  • Teacher Ambassador Retreat

Ten Strands and OEE hold an annual intensive professional learning retreat for current and new Teacher Ambassadors. Here, the peer-to-peer focus includes: modeling and sharing best practices; identifying challenges and proposing solutions; hosting guest speakers; fostering discussions around current and upcoming standards and instructional requirements; and brainstorming how to extend the EEI Curriculum to create bridges to environment-based learning beyond the classroom walls.