EEI News: Winter Edition

It’s hard to believe another year is coming to an end! As we reflect over the past twelve months, we want to thank you for your ongoing commitment to bringing high-quality environmental education to your students.

In 2017 we welcomed more than 6,500 new members into our community, held more than 120 EEI Curriculum training events throughout California, and shipped out nearly 6,400 EEI Curriculum units to educators. August 2017 also marked an important milestone: our biggest month of EEI Curriculum orders ever! We couldn’t have done this all without you!

The past year also saw the inclusion of California’s Environmental Principles & Concepts into the state’s new science framework and the adoption criteria for the recently approved K-8 history-social science textbooks. We are now working actively to include the environmental principles in the new health science framework.

As we turn the corner into the new year, we look forward to continuing to build upon these successes and to make 2018 the year for environmental literacy! Join in on the conversation on Twitter and share with us your 2017 #EnviroLiteracy accomplishments.

Happy Holidays!
The EEI Team

EEI Program Updates:

EEI Curriculum Shipping Postponement

To prevent the delivery of packages to closed schools during the winter holidays, we will temporarily postpone shipments for EEI Curriculum orders placed on or after December 13.  If you place an order during this period, your package will not arrive until the week of January 8.  Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Teaching About Water Supply & Nuclear Energy

Place current events into their historical contexts with these free teaching resources from the California History-Social Science Project: Oroville Dam and California’s Challenge with Water Supply and Breaking Down the Iran Nuclear Deal. These articles are part of the Current Context series which focuses on current events and the environment. Both articles list suggested EEI Curriculum units to use with these topics.

Tweet Us Your Photos of the EEI Curriculum In Action!

This school year we’ve received lots of fun photos from teachers and students using the EEI Curriculum. Let’s continue this trend into the new year! Be sure to tag @CaEEI in your photos and we may feature you on our page!

Award & Grant Opportunities:

Building the Environmental Literacy of K-12 Students and Public for Community Resilience
NOAAs Environmental Literacy Program provides grants and in-kind support for programs that educate and inspire people to use Earth systems science to improve ecosystem stewardship and increase resilience to environmental hazards.
Award Amount: $250k – $500k
Deadline: December 19, 2017

Deadline Extended! U.S. Department of Education’s Green Ribbon Schools
The U.S. Department of Education’s Green Ribbon Schools (ED-GRS) recognition award honors schools, school districts, and Institutes of Higher Education for excellence in resource efficiency, health and wellness, and environmental and sustainability educationDeadline: January 12, 2018

Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators
This award from the U.S. EPA recognizes outstanding kindergarten through grade 12 teachers who employ innovative approaches to environmental education and use the environment as a context for learning for their students.
Award Amount: $2,500
Deadline: March 1, 2018

President’s Environmental Youth Award
This award from the U.S. EPA recognizes outstanding environmental projects by K-12 youth. The PEYA program promotes awareness of our nation’s natural resources and encourages positive community involvement.
Deadline: March 1, 2018

Environmental Literacy in the News:

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