Environmental Education and Environmental LiteracyInformation on current environmental literacy resources 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.
Environmental Education Grant Program
The Environmental Education Grant 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.
CDE Programs and Initiatives
- California Regional Environmental Education Community (CREEC) Network
The CREEC Network is a program of 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- California Outdoor Schools Association
Information about the California Outdoor Schools Association, a statewide network of outdoor schools and faculty that are managed by local education agencies (LEAs).
- 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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