California Announces State Environmental Literacy Blueprint

Today, the California Blueprint for Environmental Literacy was officially released at a press conference at Lincoln High School in San Francisco. You can download the Blueprint at http://www.cde.ca.gov/pd/ca/sc/oeeintrod.asp

In 2014, the Lawrence Hall of Science’s associate director, Craig Strang, along with the California Academy of Science’s Elizabeth Babcock, were appointed by State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson to co-chair the California Environmental Literacy Task Force and create a blueprint for achieving environmental literacy for all California students. This is the first such effort in the state since 2002.

Environmental literacy has never been more important than it is now. With climate change, drought, overfishing, ocean acidification, and many more environmental challenges of today, we need every student who graduates from California K–12 schools to be environmentally literate. Achieving environmental literacy is also integral to successfully reaching the goals of both the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and Common Core State Standards.  Only 13% of CA schools indicate that their schools have successfully integrated environmental education into their curriculum. To help meet that need, the new Blueprint for Environmental Literacy provides an extensive guide detailing achievable strategies and steps for integrating environmental education into California schools—from making environmental education a priority both in and outside the classroom.

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