Climate Change and Environmental Justice Program

Ten Strands is partnering with the San Mateo County Office of Education and the California Department of Education to arrange for the creation of K–12 open education resources focused on climate change and environmental justice.

In the 2021–22 fiscal year, San Mateo County Office of Education received a grant from the California Department of Education (per education trailer bill AB 130, SEC 151) to arrange for the creation of K–12 curricular resources focused on climate change and environmental justice. See press release here

The San Mateo County Office of Education is contracting with Ten Strands to develop, test, refine, distribute, and initially implement the K–12 curricular resources. We are currently seeking Letters of Interest (LOI) from a wide range of potential partners who can help write, produce, test, refine, and finalize the resources.

If you are interested in receiving updates and opportunities to be involved with this new project, as well as receive California environmental literacy news through the Ten Strands newsletter, please fill out the short form found here.

We are guided in this work by a Steering Committee. Current members can be found here.

Call for Letters of Interest

We are looking for partners who can develop and refine a range of K–12 curricular resources that will help teachers promote environmental literacy and an understanding of climate change and environmental justice with their students. We are seeking partners who can manage teams with the diverse set of expertise and capacities needed to design innovative, researched-based instructional materials and assessments that routinely engage students through hands-on learning inside and outside of the classroom. Also, place-based inquiries that will be educative for both teachers and students as they work together to study, and act on, environmental issues and challenges in their local communities. 

We are seeking LOIs from partners who can bring combined expertise in climate science, environmental justice, traditional ecological knowledge, environmental education, curriculum design, professional learning, open education resources, and community-centered project-based learning. It will be important for you to demonstrate that you can bridge science with history-social science, literacy, mathematics, and other subjects, e.g. health and arts.

We encourage applications where different groups and individuals come together to submit a single LOI — a developer consortium. We also envision funding multiple groups and individuals to develop the resources; where we invite groups and individuals to work together based on their expertise. Groups and individuals are encouraged to apply if you feel you can contribute to an important component of the overall project. In short, one group can apply for a specific set of grade levels, a specific role across multiple grade levels, or could choose to apply for all of the work outlined.

Some of our key design principles include: an inquiry-, standards-, and research-based approach; the integration of California’s Environmental Principles and Concepts; the use of equity-focused frameworks; an interdisciplinary integration of content and practice development; the use of students developing and using models and data literacy; opportunities for community-based problem-solving leading to global understandings; and an explicit focus on ways in which environmental issues are disproportionately benefiting or harming some populations more than others. 

The selected partners will work collaboratively with Ten Strands and a Steering Committee of practitioners with subject matter expertise related to different aspects of the project.

Schedule and Links to Resources

3/10/22 Release of project description, call for letters of interest

Webinars for Q&A:

Wednesday 3/16/22 4:00–5:00 pm (Pacific time); Recording here

Thursday 3/31/22 2:00-3:00 pm (Pacific time); Recording here

4/8/22 Letters of interest due

5/6/22 Responses to letters from Ten Strands

5/7/22–5/30/22 Collaborative development of more fully developed proposals from selected applicants plans

6/15/22 Selection of final groups of developers

6/30/22 Contracts formalized and signed

We will be accepting LOIs through April 8, 2022, at midnight Pacific time.

To learn more about the funding opportunity, eligibility, and to submit an LOI, please email Karen Cowe, and CC Loren Sanchez,


San Mateo County Office of Education

The San Mateo County Office of Education is dedicated to serving San Mateo county's 23 school districts in a shared mission to deliver a top-rate educational experience for nearly 94,000 students. The San Mateo County…

California Department of Education

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