EEI News: Summer Edition

We hope your summer is off to a fantastic start! As you soak in the sun, grab a cool drink and catch up on the latest environmental literacy happenings with this edition of EEI News.

EEI Program Updates

Summer Shipment Reminder

If your school site is closed for the summer, please provide us with an alternative shipping address for your order. We are experiencing an increasing amount of undeliverable packages due to summer office closures and want to ensure that your EEI Curriculum units arrive in time for the next school year. Thank you for your help!

New EP&Cs Flyer Available

Need a handy-dandy reference of California’s Environmental Principles and Concepts? Download our new flyer.

EP&Cs Included in the Draft CA Health Education Framework

On March 23, 2018, the Instructional Quality Commission (IQC) took action to begin the first 60-day public review and comment period for the draft health education framework which includes mention of California’s Environmental Principles and Concepts! Access the draft framework here.

New Submitted Science Textbooks Available for Review

Instructional materials submitted for the state’s K-8 science adoption are now available for public review. This is the first look at how textbook publishers have addressed NGSS and the Environmental Principles and Concepts. You can find links to the student materials online at the CDE website. Teacher materials may be available for viewing at your local County Office of Education, call ahead to confirm viewing availability. While the deadline for submitting written comments is July 2, 2018, there will be opportunity for public comment at the review panel deliberations July 16-20, 2018. For additional information on the public comment process, visit the CDE website.

2 New Current Context History-Social Science Articles Available

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: Who’s Driving Air Quality and Youth in Action.

New EEI Blog Articles

5 Tips for Bringing California’s EP&Cs into Your NGSS Instruction

For the past five years I have been trying to demystify the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) so that I could better understand the instructional shifts occurring within science education and determine how environmental literacy connects with these new science standards. Read More.

Real-World Education

In this article, CalRecycle’s Angela Vincent writes about Jose Flores, a high school civics teacher in Brawley, California, who organized a yearlong project for his students around the subject of air quality. Flores worked with state environmental agencies to offer his students the opportunity to examine how the shrinking Salton Sea is a source of air pollution in their local community. Read More

Upcoming EEI Curriculum Training Opportunities

July 2018

  • July 10 • Elk Grove
    Elk Grove

August 2018

Award, Grant & Contest Opportunities

Captain Planet Foundation ecoTech Grant

ecoTech™ Grants were created to combat the notion that students needed to choose between “the screen” or “the green” and to encourage educators and students to explore the role technology can play in designing and implementing solutions to some of our most pressing environmental challenges.

Award Amount: Up to $2,500
Deadline: July 15, 2018

Captain Planet Foundation ecoSolution Grant

ecoSolution™ Grants are intended to support solution-oriented, youth-led projects that result in real environmental outcomes.

Prize: Range from $500-$2,500
Deadline: July 15, 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

Planting the Seeds of Environmental Literacy with School Districts Through a Science Leadership Network
Ten Strands Blog

California Schools Getting a Little Greener as Environmental Education Guidelines Roll Out
EdSource

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