California is currently poised to lead the nation in environmental literacy as a result of the Education and the Environment Initiative (EEI). The goal of EEI is to increase environmental literacy for California K-12 students by teaching Science and History-Social Science academic content standards to mastery within an environmental context. EEI is a unique opportunity to formally include environment-based education into California’s classrooms.
The EEI Curriculum is currently undergoing a rigorous review by Content Review Experts and Instructional Materials Reviewers approved by the State Board of Education. Their Report of Findings will be reviewed by the Curriculum Development & Supplemental Materials Commission (Curriculum Commission) and ultimately by the State Board of Education.
Final Draft EEI Curriculum Units Posted for Public Review
The Final Draft EEI Curriculum is currently posted for public review and comment. There are 85 curriculum units spanning grades Kindergarten through 12th. A link to the EEI Curriculum and instructions for submitting public comment is available on the California Department of Education EEI website. “EEI Curriculum Final Draft Review”.
Written public comment received by September 1, 2009 and will be forwarded to the Curriculum Commission for consideration prior to the September 24-25, 2009 meeting. Comments received after that date will be given to the Curriculum Commissioners the day of the meeting. Public comments and concerns may also be presented, orally or in writing, at the September meeting. For details on Curriculum Commission meetings, please see http://www.cde.ca.gov/be/cc/cd/.
All downloadable files are saved as Adobe Acrobat (PDF) format unless stated otherwise. Most of the PDF files are very large (10-60 MB or more) and may require significant download time depending on the type of Internet connection you are using.
Please don’t hesitate to call the Office of Education and the Environment, at (916) 341-6769, if you have questions. Thank you for your support of EEI.