NH Environmental Literacy Plan Presentation at the NHSTA Spring Conference

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This workshop will explore what the environmental literacy plan and why it is important to have it. We will discuss how it will be implemented as well as topics as student and teacher environmental literacy competencies. This is an opportunity for you to help guide us in planning the implementation of the plan. We will also talk about connections to Common Core and the Next Generation of Science Standards. Presentation for New Hampshire Science Teachers Association Spring Conference, 2013


  • 1. New HampshireEnvironmental Literacy PlanNew HampshireScience Teacher AssociationSpring ConferenceKeene State CollegeMarch 2013

2. Environmental Literacy Understanding of thenatural world and itssystems Ability to make decisionsabout the environmentbased on scientific,social, economic andaesthetic considerations. 3. Research FindingsEnvironmental Education: Increases overall studentengagement and motivation Increases critical thinking andproblem solving Increases academicachievement and performanceon assessments Increases physical and mentalhealth Increases positive collaborationamong educators 4. New Hampshires Planning Effort Gap analysis and curriculacrosswalk Community Engagement--forums, stakeholder groups,teachers Time Line Strong communication acrosspopulations Implementation of writing process 5. New HampshireEnvironmental Literacy Plan on the Web NH Environmental LiteracyPlan Website www.elnh.orgEnvironmental Literacy PlanOnline Focus Group on OPEN NHwww.opennh.net/course/e nrol.php?id=200 6. ImplementationCurrentlyFull participation in the NEEEA/EPA sub-grant programPrioritization of plan componentsInvestigation of intern projectsNext:Working with professional development providers at the pre-service and in-service levelMaking connections to the Next Generation of Science andthe new national social studies standards. 7. Outreach EffortsPress releasesRack cardBanner display 8. NH Planning Team Partners New Hampshire Squam Lakes NaturalEnvironmental EducatorsScience Center NH Children in Nature Southern NH UniversityCoalition The Margret & H.A. Rey NH Fish and Game CenterDepartment Plymouth State University NH Department of Antioch University NewEnvironmental Services England NH Division of Forests and NH Sierra ClubLands Appalachian Mountain Club NH Department of United States Forest ServiceEducation University of NH, Durham 9. NHs Environmental Literacy PlanCurriculum ConnectionsDemonstrates existing connections between Science andSocial Studies curriculum frameworks and the Excellencein Environmental Education Guidelines for LearningEncourages the development of an online data base oflocal NH environmental education resources for teachersEncourages the establishment of student-learningoutcomes and competencies in Environmental LiteracyEncourages interdisciplinary approaches for inclusion ofenvironmental literacy across the curricula 10. Assessment ConnectionsEncouragesthe development of a strategicplan for how NH will measure studentcompetency in environmental literacyEncourages local schools to includecompetency in environmental literacy as agraduation requirement 11. NHs Environmental Literacy Plan cont.Professional Development ConnectionsEncourages the establishment of a network of field-based training organizations and opportunities toenhance educator competency in environmentalliteracyEncourages the incorporation of environmental literacycompetency into high quality professional developmentofferingsEncourages colleges and universities to includecompetencies in environmental literacy for in-serviceand pre-service teachers 12. NHs Environmental Literacy Plan cont.Community ConnectionsEncourages the development of an EnvironmentalLiteracy Advisory Committee comprised ofrepresentatives from a wide variety of agencies,organizations, and individualsEncourages the inclusion of meaningful outdoorlearning opportunities and experiences for all NewHampshire studentsEncourages the utilization of place-based and servicelearning projects that incorporate environmental literacyinto learning outcomes 13. To Get InvolvedContact Amy Yeakel amy.yeakel@nhnature.org Judy Silverberg judy.silverberg@gmail.com Stan Freeda stanley.freeda@doe.nh.gov New Hampshire Environmental Educators


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