EEI News: Spring Edition 2018

Happy spring! The weather is warming and wildflowers are popping up all over the state – it’s the perfect time of year to get your students outdoors and exploring their local environment. Also don’t forget that April is Earth Month! April 22 is Earth Day, a nationwide celebration of the modern environmental movement, as well as the beginning of National Environmental Education Week. Learn more about EE Week, including resources for teaching.

EEI Program Updates

New NGSS Performance Expectation Spreadsheet Available

Check out this convenient new EEI/NGSS correlation spreadsheet! Now you can search for EEI Curriculum content to support NGSS Performance Expectations (PE’s). Read more.

Join Our New Facebook Group!

Connect and collaborate with your fellow EEI educators. This online group is a place for you to network, ask questions, share resources and get the inspiration to help you with your #EnviroLiteracy journey. Join today!

New Current Context Articles Available from the CA History-Social Science Project

These articles are part of the Current Context series which focuses on current events and the environment. All articles list suggested EEI Curriculum units to use with these topics.  Place current events into their historical contexts with these free teaching resources from the California History-Social Science Project: People and Predators: Managing Land Use Conflict in the American West, A Time to Drill? An Analysis of Offshore Drilling and Cape Town: Water Scarcity in a Warming World.

New EEI Blog Articles

The Case of the San Joaquin Kit Fox: Connecting Classroom Science with the Real World

My name is Myra Pasquier and I am a middle school science teacher at Suva Intermediate School in Bell Gardens, California. Suva Intermediate is an urban school with Title I status and is a part of the Montebello Unified School District. Our student body is comprised of approximately 800 individuals. Thirty percent of our student population are English language learners and 89.6 percent of students receive free and reduced-price meals. Read More.

EEI In Action: Teaching With Animals

What do four snakes, a bearded dragon, a leopard gecko, an American toad, two tortoises and guinea pig have in common? They all reside in elementary school teacher, Jackie Lacey’s classroom in San Bernardino, California. Read More.

Upcoming EEI Curriculum Training Opportunities

  • April 14 • Chico
    Chico Creek Nature Center
  • April 19 • Fresno
    Fresno State University
  • April 21 • Los Angeles
    La Brea Tar Pits

Award, Grant & Contest Opportunities

U.S. EPA Environmental Education (EE) Grants

The U.S. EPA is seeking grant proposals to support environmental education projects that promote environmental awareness and stewardship and help provide people with the skills to take responsible action to protect the environment.

Award Amount: $50,000-$100,000. Total of 30-35 grants nationwide.
Deadline: April 11, 2018

Orange County Water Awareness Poster Contest

The Municipal Water District of Orange County (MWDOC) Water Awareness Poster Contest is an annual contest presented each spring. All Orange County students in grades Kindergarten through 12 are invited to participate. The goal of the Contest is to get students thinking about our most precious natural resource – water – and how access to clean, fresh drinking water improves our daily lives.

Prize: One IPad awarded per grade division: k-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12.
Deadline: April 14, 2018

Project Learning Tree Greenworks Grants

Project Learning Tree offers GreenWorks! grants up to $1,000 to schools and youth organizations for environmental service-learning projects that link classroom learning to the real world. Students implement an action project they help design to green their school or to improve an aspect of their neighborhood’s environment. To be eligible, applicants must have attended a PLT workshop, either in-person or online.

Prize: Up to $1,000
Deadline: September 30, 2018

Environmental Literacy News

Why I Teach About Birds

Prioritizing Environmental Literacy to Achieve District Goals

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