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“Environmental Literacy” might be the phrase of the decade in educator circles. But what is it? What does a lesson that builds environmental literacy look like? And why does it matter for teachers like you? Fifty years ago, in an Audubon publication, a founding member of the Massachusetts Environmental Education Society coined the phrase “environmentally literate citizen.” But only recently have educators and organizations tried to break down what environmental literacy really means—and to create frameworks, tools, and policies for accomplishing it through education. Ecology Project International uses the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization’s and the North American Association of Environmental Education’s definition of an environmentally literate person as: “Someone who demonstrates the knowledge, dispositions, competencies, and behavior to actively engage—individually or as a group—in addressing environmental challenges.” How do those four... Read More

Conservation, Education, Professional Development, Science



The Next Generation Science Standards are a revolutionary new set of standards for U.S. science classrooms—encouraging teachers to get their students learning science by doing science. But when decades of science teaching have focused on textbook learning and teacher lectures, transforming your classroom into an NGSS classroom may be easier said than done! You may already know that the foundation of the NGSS are the performance expectations, replacing the previous concept of “standards.” Students demonstrate knowledge through activities to achieve performance expectations (PEs). These activities allow you as the teacher to see that your students understand the fundamental concepts of a lesson, and understand them well enough to apply them to other situations and topics. They are not “daily standards” but expectations that may take multiple lessons for students to reach. There is a set of PEs for each grade level, K-12,... Read More

Education, Professional Development, Science



A single plastic straw can take more than 200 years to decompose. In the meantime, those straws often become pollution or even worse, sea turtle or whale “food.” Research estimates that there are 8.3 billion plastic straws befouling beaches worldwide. Plastic has become a dirty word, especially single-use plastics. Ecology Project International’s (EPI) Mexico's Californios Verdes Eco Club took an active role in helping ban the most common single-use plastics in Baja California Sur, including plastic straws. So what did the Californios Verdes do, exactly? How can other youth activists use the Eco Club’s work as a template for banning single-use plastics in their own communities? First, the Californios Verdes grew their alliances. A team of 35 businesses, nonprofit organizations, and municipal government arms, from bagel shops to the Los Cabos Association of Hotels and Tourism, named themselves the “Desplastifícate Alianza,”... Read More

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