To advance environmental literacy for all students, a shared definition of environmental literacy must be understood and promoted across cultural contexts. Overarching Strategies Inspired by these guiding principles, the task force developed six essential overarching strategies to achieve environmental literacy for all California students: This bill would require the department to gather specified information from applicants each award year and to annually report this information, commencing on or before September 1,to the appropriate budget and fiscal committees of the Legislature.
Inthe CDE adopted the United States Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools program, a federal recognition for schools and districts that reduce environmental impact and cost, improve student and staff wellness, and provide effective environmental and sustainability literacy.
Sinceschools have been required to adopt instructional materials that portray humanity as part of the ecological system and explain the necessity of protecting the environment. Of the California public school principals who chose to participate in a recent survey: The ultimate goal is to develop sustained funding to support statewide, enduring, and high-quality environmental literacy efforts.
Existing law, the State Urban Parks and Healthy Communities Act, requires the Director of Parks and Recreation, in consultation with the State Department of Education, to develop a competitive grant program to assist state parks, state conservancies in existence as of January 1,urbanized and heavily urbanized local agencies, and community-based organizations within those jurisdictions, to provide outdoor educational opportunities to children.
The department shall annually summarize and report this information for the previous award year, commencing on or before September 1,to the appropriate budget and fiscal committees of the Legislature.
Out of this work, six guiding principles emerged as keystones for the Blueprint for Environmental Literacy for California: This definition recognizes that environmental literacy encompasses knowledge, the capacity to continue learning and seeking knowledge, and the skills needed to employ knowledge.
Together, we must address climate change and energy use, use of natural and renewable resources, and protection and enjoyment of our unparalleled natural areas. The design of environments that surround students as they learn is critical to deepening their understanding of the world around them and fostering a stewardship ethic that will help them care for the world as adults.
Status of Funding for Environmental Literacy Currently, the level of funding for programs that build environmental literacy in California is insufficient to implement scaled, effective, statewide efforts.
A small but growing number of schools in California11 have been recognized by the state of California and United States Department of Education through the Green Ribbon Schools program for exemplary integration of environmental literacy instruction with green school buildings and grounds that are used as teaching tools.
Ina report, Education and the Environment: The diverse student populations of California must have equity of access to learning experiences, in and out of the classroom, that lead to environmental literacy. The Task Force also recognized the variety of educational experiences through which students build environmental literacy, including active learning inside the classroom; on school grounds; and in residential outdoor science programs,xiv the local community, and the wilderness, museums, aquariums, farms, and science centers, etc.
Existing law authorizes the expenditure of state funds for local assistance grants to cities, counties, and districts for the acquisition and development of various park and recreational areas and facilities.
California is exceptionally rich in natural resources, biodiversity, cultural diversity, and human capital. A part-time regional coordinator is employed in each of 12 regions to foster collaboration around professional development and resources for educators.
Environmental literacy cannot be a standalone subject — it must be integrated into an articulated, standards-based, sequential, and ubiquitous approach to formal K instruction statewide.
Illustration of Present Situation: Unfortunately, K students in California do not currently have consistent access to adequately funded, high-quality learning experiences, in and out of the classroom, that build environmental literacy.
Learning experiences outside of the classroom can be both a practical and powerful way to support student learning in the classroom, while being an important part of building environmental literacy.
Cultural competency requires that educators: Environmental Literacy Background and Context Defining Environmental Literacy As a critical component of its work, the Task Force developed a working definition of environmental literacy.The California Education and the Environment Initiative is a statewide effort to make environmental literacy an integral part of K instruction in California.
We provide educators with professional learning and instructional materials that demonstrate how to blend the environment into the teaching of traditional academic subjects like science.
Field trips and activities can help students achieve California State Content Standards in many content areas.
Listed below, in abbreviated form, are some of the Content Following the Content Standards, California’s Environmental Principles and Concepts (EP&C) are given. For information on the Environmental Education Model. The California Environmental Education Interagency Network (CEEIN) is a state government consortium of environmental educators representing departments, boards, and commissions of the California Department of Education, California Environmental Protection Agency, The Resources Agency of California, UC Agriculture and Natural.
Educating Every California Student In, About, and For the Environment.
A Report by State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson's Environmental Literacy Task Force - This is an accessible alternative version or AAV of the A Blueprint for Environmental Literacy: Educating Every. Produced by the National Environmental Education Advisory Council, the report discusses the standards established, the results measured, and the successes achieved since passage of the National Environmental Education Act of The Environmental Enforcement and Training Account Grant Program (Penal Code section et seq.
and Title 27, California Code of Regulations, section et seq.) provides a non-general fund source of financial assistance for environmental enforcement, education and training to enhance statewide enforcement of environmental laws.