NewHampshireEnvironmentalLiteracyPlan-BOEpresentation2010

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This presentation was delivered to the NH Board of Education to inform them of the plans and progress of the NH Environmental Literacy Plan working group. The goal of the Group is to develop the NH Environmental Literacy Plan.

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NewHampshireEnvironmentalLiteracyPlan-BOEpresentation2010

  1. 1. New Hampshire Environmental Literacy Plan Presentation to NH Board of Education Judy Silverberg, PhD, Wildlife Education Director NH Fish and Game Department Amy Yeakel, Education Program Director Squam Lakes Natural Science Center
  2. 2. Environmental Literacy  Understanding of the natural world and its systems  Ability to make decisions about the environment based on scientific, economic and aesthetic considerations.
  3. 3. Leave No Child Inside Act  Proposed amendment to the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 – Senate Bill 866  18 Senators are co-sponsors – House of Representatives Bill 2054  122 Representatives are co-sponsors
  4. 4. Summary of Federal Legislation  Requires each state to develop a statewide environmental literacy plan that includes environmental education standards and teacher training  Provides for: – Competitive state sub-grants for teacher training – Matching grants to improve activities and support environmental education
  5. 5. Research Findings Environmental Education:  Increases overall student engagement and motivation  Increases critical thinking and problem solving  Increases academic achievement and performance on assessments  Increases physical and mental health  Increases positive collaboration among educators
  6. 6. Environmental Literacy Plans Objectives  Objectives – Prepare students to understand, analyze and address major environmental challenges – Provide field experiences as part of regular school curriculum and create programs that contribute to healthy lifestyles through outdoor recreation and sound nutrition – Create enhanced teacher development that improves teachers’ environmental subject matter knowledge, pedagogical skills in teaching
  7. 7. Environmental Literacy Plans Will Require…  Plan for how the state will measure environmental literacy of students through relevant state academic content areas  Teacher Professional Development  Plan for implementation
  8. 8. New Hampshire’s Planning Effort  Gap analysis and correlation of current curricula frameworks  Engage stakeholders through community forums  Gather information from teachers  Develop implementation steps  Prepare plan
  9. 9. NH Planning Team  New Hampshire Environmental Educators  NH Children in Nature Coalition  NH Fish and Game Department  NH Department of Environmental Services  NH Division of Forests and Lands  NH Department of Education  Squam Lakes Natural Science Center  The Rey Center  Plymouth State University  Antioch New England University  NH Sierra Club  Appalachian Mountain Club  United States Forest Service  Other individuals
  10. 10. NH Planning Team  New Hampshire Environmental Educators  NH Children in Nature Coalition  NH Fish and Game Department  NH Department of Environmental Services  NH Division of Forests and Lands  NH Department of Education  Squam Lakes Natural Science Center  The Rey Center  Plymouth State University  Antioch New England University  NH Sierra Club  Appalachian Mountain Club  United States Forest Service  Other individuals

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