We hope that you’ve had a fun and relaxing summer vacation! As you head back into the classroom, don’t forget to use the EEI Curriculum to help engage your students in relevant, real-world science and history-social science lessons that foster environmental literacy.
If you’re unsure which EEI Curriculum unit to teach, follow along with us on Facebook and Twitter as we highlight a new EEI Curriculum unit each week. It’s a great way to learn more about our units and preview lesson plans and teaching components. Follow along and use hashtag #ExploreEEI to join in on the conversation!
Teaching About Fire in California
Make sure you don’t miss the latest installment of Current Context from our friends at the California History-Social Science Project, available now for free download. This issue, Our Complicated Relationship with Fire, is the first in a series that includes a focus on the environment. As Hurricane Harvey has demonstrated once again, human history is inextricably linked to the natural world. “Fire has its own influence and power over us, too, and our history, as well as the Earth’s, will always be linked by fire.” There is also an accompanying teaching blog which outlines suggested EEI Curriculum units that address the relationship between fire and human history.
Join EEI at the California Science Education Conference
Want to learn how to use EEI Curriculum resources to support environment-based 3D learning? Join us for our session at the CSTA’s Science Education Conference in Sacramento on Friday, October 13 @ 2:30p.m. More details to come, including room number. Check back soon on our conference webpage.
Teams Wanted for Environmental Literacy Short Course
The Environmental Literacy Steering Committee is looking for teams of district personnel, administrators, and teachers to participate in a short course at the California Science Education Conference in Sacramento. The course, “Teaching CA NGSS Through Environmental Literacy” will take place on October 14 from 8:20 – 11:30 a.m. Participants will examine classroom examples and will learn how California’s Science Framework connects to the implementation of CA Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), California’s Environmental Principles and Concepts, and environmental literacy. More information here.
Apply for the 2018 Green Ribbon Schools
The California Department of Education is now accepting applications for the U.S. Department of Education’s Green Ribbon Schools. This award honors schools and school districts for excellence in resource efficiency, health and wellness, and environmental and sustainability education. Interested applicants should take this brief survey and online application by December 6, 2017.
Environmental Literacy in the News:
- Science education inspires PUSD teachers to use the environment as a classroom
- How Environment-Based Learning Encouraged me to Master Next Generation Science Standards
- Creec Coordinators Connect Educators to Local Ecosystem
- Stanford Analysis Reveals Wide Array of Benefits from Environmental Education