Environmental EducationInformation on current environmental education resources, special events, and grant opportunities.
Blueprint for Environmental Literacy
Recognizing that critical environmental concerns face California, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson convened the California Environmental Literacy Task Force to think deeply about how to build a future for an environment that is sustainable, healthy, prosperous, and equitable. The resulting report, A Blueprint for Environmental Literacy: Educating Every Student In, About, and For the Environment provides guiding strategies and recommendations to realize the ambitious goal of achieving environmental literacy for all California students.
The Environmental Education Program has the primary purpose of supporting programs and projects which will result in long-term educational benefits to potentially all California educators and/or students. The state legislature approved the allocation of Environmental License Plate Funds (ELPF) to the California Department of Education (CDE) to support the distribution of funds through the Environmental Education Program.
Environmental Education Grant Program
The deadline for the 2016-17 Environmental Education Grant Program Request for Application (RFA) has passed.
- The funding results from the 2016-17 Environmental Education Grant Program RFA are available for viewing.
- The funding results from the 2015-16 Environmental Education Grant Program RFA are available for viewing.
- The funding results from the 2014-15 Environmental Education Grant Program RFA are available for viewing.
CDE Programs and Initiatives
- Career Technical Education
A program of study that involves a multiyear sequence of courses that integrates core academic knowledge with technical and occupational knowledge to provide students with a pathway to postsecondary education and careers.
- California Partnership Academies
The academy model is a three-year program, grades 10-12, structured as a school-within-a-school. Academies incorporate integrated academic and career technical education, viable business partnerships, mentoring and internships. Academies include environmental science, natural resources, environmental studies, green energy, and environmental technology.
- The California Regional Environmental Education Community (CREEC)
The CREEC Network is administered by the California Department of Education. The CREEC Network is a communication network supporting the environmental literacy of California’s students by providing teachers with access to high quality environmental education resources. Each California CREEC Region is supported by Regional Coordinators. Regional Coordinators provide professional development and resources to educators as well as foster communications among schools and organizations interested in supporting environmental literacy of California’s teachers and students.
- Education and the Environment Initiative
The mission of the Education and Environment Initiative is to develop a unified strategy to bring education about the environment into school districts using the Model Curriculum Plan and California's Environmental Principles and Concepts.
- Environmental Education Curriculum Resources
Information on California state departments, boards, and commissions with oversight responsibility to protect California's environment.
- California's Environmental Principles and Concepts (EP&C’s)
The EP&C’s examine the interactions and interdependence of human societies and natural systems, and are the foundation of the environmental content taught in the EEI Curriculum.
- Definitions of Environmental Education, Environmental Science, and Place-based Education.
Environmental Education Interagency Network (CEEIN)
Consortium of the CDE, the California Environmental Protection Agency, the California Natural Resources Agency, and the Department of Food and Agriculture that supplies environmental educational services, materials, and programs. Access curriculum and resources for each participating agency through this link.
- State Education and Environment Roundtable (SEER)
A cooperative endeavor of 16 state departments of education working to enhance student achievement through environment-based education.
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