Resources for Teachers

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.

California’s Education & the Environment Initiative Curriculum is California’s free K–12 model curriculum integrating environmental literacy into classroom instruction. There are 85 units, with materials available in Spanish.

BEETLES is devoted to creating versatile environmental education professional learning materials, student activities, a collaborative resource-sharing network of environmental educators, and resources for field instructors, leaders, and classroom teachers.

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.

The CSTA K–12 Climate Science Learning Sequences are lesson plans developed by science educators in collaboration with practicing climate scientists. All learning sequences were written to support high-quality, phenomena-based, three-dimensional science teaching and learning.

The California Science Teachers Association (CSTA) Environmental Literacy Policy Statement includes a succinct definition of environmental literacy as well as the position that “achieving environmental literacy for all students in California is a high priority, deserving a central role in curriculum, instruction, and assessment.”

The California NGSS Statewide Rollouts: Environmental Literacy is professional learning for grades K–12 teachers, academic coaches, administrators, and curriculum leads.

The California Regional Environmental Education Community (CREEC) Network fosters regional partnerships throughout California to promote environmental literacy by providing teachers with access to high quality professional learning opportunities and education resources.

The California Outdoor Schools Association is a statewide network of outdoor schools and faculty that are managed by local educational agencies.

The Lawrence Hall of Science provides professional development programs and hands-on learning experiences 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-based organizations and districts developing comprehensive environmental literacy plans.

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 resources for teachers and find information on professional learning opportunities.

The San Joaquin County Office of Education’s Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Programs provide professional learning opportunities for teachers and administrators focused on STEM disciples and environmental literacy.

4S: San Francisco, Science, ​Stewardship and Sustainability is a cross-organizational partnership between the SFUSD and informal science and environmental education organizations​ to support each other’s work.

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 and lead to increased achievement for all students. The following CSMPs offer high quality professional development with a focus on environmental literacy: