EEI News: Fall Edition

As you settle into your classroom for the new school year, don’t forget to think about ways to incorporate the environment into your lesson planning. The EEI Curriculum can help get you started with 85 units that show you how to blend the environment into your science and history lessons.

The EEI Curriculum is also a great way for you to become familiar with California’s Environmental Principles & Concepts (EP&Cs) – five big ideas about the environment that you will see in California’s new history and science textbooks! Interested in learning more about the EP&Cs? Check out these resources:

EEI Program Updates

Stock Up on Free Printed Copies of the EEI Curriculum!

The beginning of the school year is the perfect time to begin thinking about which EEI Curriculum units you would like to teach. In addition to digital copies of the EEI Curriculum available on our website, we also provide free printed copies of the curriculum to educators residing in California.

New Teachers

If you have not already attended one of our EEI Curriculum trainings, simply watch one of our on-demand webinars and receive instructions on how to order your free units.

Returning Teachers

Fill out a post-teaching survey for the printed units you have ordered and taught. Completing this survey will enable you to order or reorder another unit. You only need to fill out the survey once for each unit that you teach.

If you need help with our ordering process, please feel free to contact us.

Follow Us on Social Media

Please follow us on Facebook or Twitter to be the first to find out about the latest EEI news, events and special offers. We also host a Facebook Group where EEI Curriculum teachers can connect and collaborate, ask questions, and share resources.

EEI New Blog Articles

Connect the Phenomena of Our World with Children’s Literature

The new school year is finally here and I’m so excited to begin introducing my students to the natural world around us. I will help them understand our planet using every resource possible. Read More

EEI In Action: Using Environment-Based Learning to Support English Language Arts

The 2017/2018 school year marked two big changes for teacher Lindy Martin: her transition from elementary school to middle school and her first time using the EEI Curriculum! Read More

Celebrate Book Lovers Day with Big Books from the EEI Curriculum

If you are an early elementary school teacher looking for books to share with your students, the EEI Curriculum has a treasure trove of “big books” that will satisfy your needs. Read More. 

Award, Grant & Contest Opportunities

Target Field Trip Grant

Target funds programs that allow students and teachers to learn in all kinds of settings. They fund field trips that connect students’ classroom curricula to out-of-school experiences. Field trips must take place between January and the end of the school year (May or June) 2019.

Grant Amount: $700
Deadline: October 1, 2018

Whole Kids Foundation’s Gardens Grant Program

Created in partnership with FoodCorps, the Garden Grant program provides a $2,000 monetary grant to support a new or existing edible garden.

Grant Amount: $2,000
Deadline: October 15, 2018

Lorrie Otto Seeds for Education (SFE) Fund

Since 1977, Wild Ones has worked with schools and nature centers to grow natural landscapes.

Grant Amount: $100-$500
Deadline: October 15, 2018

Annie’s Grants for Gardens

Annie’s Grants for Gardens program offers funding for edible garden projects that help connect kids to nutritious food. Grants can be used to purchase gardening tools, seeds, or other needed supplies for new gardens or to support existing garden projects.

Grant Amount: $5,000
Deadline: November 1, 2018

Kids to Parks Day National School Contest

BThe National Park Trust (KPT) is once again hosting the Kids to Parks Day National School Contest to help educators engage their students with their local parks. This national contest is open to all Title I schools in the United States (grades pre-K through 12). Classes can receive funding for a KTP event at a local park or public land/waterway in their community.

Grant Amount: Up to $1,000
Deadline: February 14, 2019

Environmental Literacy News

Teaching Climate Science to Empower Students and Create Positive Change

By Jill Grace
August 30, 2018
Ten Strands Blog

5 Organizations That Are Transforming Eco Curricula

By Alison Cagle
August 27, 2018
Sierra Magazine

Exploring Climate Change And Taking Action Using a Geo-Inquiry Process

By Laura McHugh
July 17, 2018
Ten Strands Blog

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