Friday, July 02, 2010 2 Comments
“Students of all grade levels love learning about the environment around them,” said Linda Adams, Secretary of the California Environmental Protection Agency. “With the approval of the State Board of Education, the EEI Curriculum takes important science and history-social science academic standards that every student needs to understand and uses the environment to teach those standards to mastery. Along the way, the EEI makes learning relevant and fun, and we’re pleased that this new curriculum will be an in-depth resource for California educators statewide.”
At the foundation of EEI are the five Environmental Principles and Concepts (EP&C). These were collaboratively development by scientists and experts to examine the interactions and interdependence of human societies and natural systems. There has been a lot of work going into creating these lesson plans, with the goal being a new way to teach the standards that already exist. It may not be in the current textbooks, but that should change in the future.
All 85 curriculum units (http://www.calepa.ca.gov/Education/EEI/) are now available for you to see, but they are still in “final draft” form. The final versions will be posted and ready for download come the fall. We’re excited to see how EEI works in the classroom, and how California will be leading the way in environmental education. Let us know you’re thought, ideas, and concerns!
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