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Saturday, May 18 • 10:30am - 11:45am
School District Partnerships for Equitable Nature-based Learning and Environmental Literacy (75 min) FILLING

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With support from Lawrence Hall of Science and ChangeScale, a regional backbone organization for environmental education, five school district partnership initiatives for environmental literacy have been launched in the San Francisco Bay Area. This model brings together school districts with local community partners to improve educational outcomes through nature-based learning. Each partnership initiative develops a vision and districtwide plan to infuse nature-based learning into K-12 student learning. Educational outcomes involve the learning of core academic content such as Next Generation Science Standards and the development of environmental literacy through nature-based learning. Local non-formal environmental education providers and community-based organizations provide or support many of these learning experiences. In this session, we will share the core elements of the model and how it is has been implemented with one school district, the Alameda Unified School District. In 2017-18, we conducted a case study of this district partnership initiative to better understand how it has moved from its vision for environmental literacy for all students to implementation of K-12 nature-based learning and the challenges encountered along the way. We will provide time for participants to reflect on the local context in which they work and the potential role of school district partnerships in nature-based learning.

Speakers & Discussion Leaders
avatar for Matt Biggar

Matt Biggar

Principal, Connected to Place
Matt Biggar, PhD, supports the planning, implementation and assessment of place-based partnerships for healthy, thriving communities. Projects have included San Francisco Children & Nature and county/regional/state support for school district partnerships for environmental literacy... Read More →
avatar for Craig Strang

Craig Strang

Associate Director, Lawrence Hall of Science
Ocean Literacy, marine education, National Marine Educators Association, EMSEA, Communicating Ocean Sciences, curriculum development, professional learning, international/global collaborations, improving public understanding of the importance of the ocean.

Terri Elkin

Coordinator of Secondary Education, Alameda Unified School District

Saturday May 18, 2019 10:30am - 11:45am PDT
Junior Ballroom 2/3