Resources for Administrators
California school districts are seeking stakeholder input on their three-year Local Control Accountability Plans and budgets. The Guidance for Using the LCAP to Mitigate Science Learning Loss provides practical tips to advocate for science, environmental literacy, and outdoor education for all students as key parts of a safe and equitable return from the pandemic.
California Education Leaders: Don’t Miss These Environmental Literacy Webinars! This new webinar series will give practical advice & effective strategies for education leaders to implement environmental literacy initiatives in their counties, districts, or schools. These sessions run from September 16 – December 9, 2020.
Educating Every California Student In, About, and For the Environment: A Call to Action for County, District, and Educational Leaders details how environmental literacy supports district and state goals around Local Control Accountability Plans and the California Multi-tiered System of Support, including: basic services, standards implementation, course access, universal design for learning, parent involvement, student engagement, school climate, culturally responsive teaching, student achievement, and social–emotional learning.
California’s Blueprint for Environmental Literacy lays out guiding principles and key strategies that support the goal of increasing environmental literacy for all California students.
The Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) Toolkit helps district leadership, parents, students, educators, and community partners who seek to improve education and environmental literacy to participate in their local school district budget development process.
Chapter 8 Transcending Disciplinary Boundaries—Arts Integration of the revised California Arts Education Framework includes an interdisciplinary, arts-centered vignette that introduces the idea of integrating California’s Environmental Principles and Concepts into arts instruction.
The History–Social Science Framework for California Public Schools includes California’s Environmental Principles and Concepts. Check out these ten California Board of Education approved K–8 history–social science programs.
The Health Education Curriculum Framework for California Public Schools includes California’s Environmental Principles and Concepts, and has a specific focus on environmental health and environmental justice.
The California Outdoor Schools Association is a statewide network of outdoor schools managed by local educational agencies.
The State Education and Environment Roundtable promotes and supports environment-based education to help students achieve success with academic content, develop their understanding of interactions between natural and human social systems, and prepare students to be active members of society with the skills they need to identify and resolve environmental issues.
The San Mateo County Office of Education has a countywide environmental literacy initiative. Their approach integrates curriculum and instruction, community programs and partnerships, and fosters a shift in institutional culture.
The Santa Cruz County Office of Education is committed to building environmental literacy for all students in their community. A county-wide vision of connecting learning and local environments guides the county’s environmental literacy efforts. Check out their list of environmental literacy resources for district administrators and site leads.
The Orange County Office of Education administers Inside the Outdoors, a hands-on environmental education program that empowers students, teachers, parents and the community to explore natural areas and expand their knowledge, understanding, and stewardship of the environment through field trips, traveling scientist, and community programs.
The Lawrence Hall of Science provides professional development programs and hands-on learning experiences through programs that engage across the learning continuum. BaySci is a coordinated effort to systematically enhance the quantity and quality of K–12 science teaching and learning in districts and schools. BaySci works with California school districts to facilitate deepening partnerships between community organizations and districts developing comprehensive environmental literacy plans.
The California Subject Matter Project is a network of nine discipline-based statewide projects that support ongoing quality professional development. Activities and programs are designed by university faculty, teacher leaders, and teacher practitioners to improve instructional practices leading to increased achievement for all students. The following CSMPs offer high quality professional development with a focus on environmental literacy: