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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

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NH Environmental Literacy Plan Presentation at the NHSTA Spring Conference

  1. 1. New HampshireEnvironmental Literacy Plan New Hampshire Science Teacher Association Spring Conference Keene State College March 2013
  2. 2. Environmental Literacy Understanding of the natural world and its systems Ability to make decisions about the environment based on scientific, social, economic and aesthetic considerations.
  3. 3. Research FindingsEnvironmental 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
  4. 4. New Hampshire’s Planning Effort• Gap analysis and curricula crosswalk• Community Engagement-- forums, stakeholder groups, teachers• Time Line• Strong communication across populations• Implementation of writing process
  5. 5. New Hampshire Environmental Literacy Plan on the Web NH Environmental Literacy Plan Website www.elnh.orgEnvironmental Literacy Plan Online Focus Group on OPEN nrol.php?id=200
  6. 6. ImplementationCurrently•Full participation in the NEEEA/EPA sub-grant program•Prioritization of plan components•Investigation of intern projectsNext:•Working with professional development providers at the pre-service and in-service level•Making connections to the Next Generation of Science andthe new national social studies standards.
  7. 7. Outreach Efforts Press releases Rack card Banner display
  8. 8. NH Planning Team Partners New Hampshire  Squam Lakes Natural Environmental Educators Science Center NH Children in Nature  Southern NH University Coalition  The Margret & H.A. Rey NH Fish and Game Center Department  Plymouth State University NH Department of  Antioch University New Environmental Services England NH Division of Forests and  NH Sierra Club Lands  Appalachian Mountain Club NH Department of  United States Forest Service Education  University of NH, Durham
  9. 9. NH’s Environmental Literacy PlanCurriculum Connections•Demonstrates existing connections between Science andSocial Studies curriculum frameworks and the Excellencein Environmental  Education Guidelines for Learning•Encourages the development of an online data base oflocal NH environmental education resources for teachers•Encourages the establishment of student-learningoutcomes and competencies in Environmental Literacy•Encourages interdisciplinary approaches for inclusion ofenvironmental literacy across the curricula
  10. 10. Assessment Connections•Encourages the development of a strategicplan for how NH will measure studentcompetency in environmental literacy•Encourages local schools to includecompetency in environmental literacy as agraduation requirement
  11. 11. NH’s Environmental Literacy Plan con’t.Professional Development Connections•Encourages the establishment of a network of field-based training organizations and opportunities toenhance educator competency in environmentalliteracy•Encourages the incorporation of environmental literacycompetency into high quality professional developmentofferings•Encourages colleges and universities to includecompetencies in environmental literacy for in-serviceand pre-service teachers
  12. 12. NH’s Environmental Literacy Plan con’t.Community Connections•Encourages the development of an EnvironmentalLiteracy Advisory Committee comprised ofrepresentatives from a wide variety of agencies,organizations, and individuals•Encourages the inclusion of meaningful outdoorlearning opportunities and experiences for all NewHampshire students•Encourages the utilization of place-based and servicelearning projects that incorporate environmental literacyinto learning outcomes
  13. 13. To Get InvolvedContact Amy Yeakel Judy Silverberg Stan Freeda New Hampshire Environmental Educators