Friday, April 1, 2011

Governing Magazine: States Pushing Green Education in the Classroom

Governing Magazine, a journal aimed at state and local government officials, policy-makers and program directors, recently published an article about state-level efforts to develop environmental literacy plans:

"Can learning about the environment improve students' lives? State education leaders hope so. In fact, 47 states are in varying stages of developing "environmental literacy plans" that they say could improve student engagement and achievement, and even help lower childhood obesity rates. The plans provide guidelines for teaching students about the environment and the effects humans have on it." Read the full article.

In North Carolina, the N.C. Department of Natural Resource's Office of Environmental Education and Public Affairs, the N.C. Department of Public Instruction, Environmental Educators of N.C., N.C. Association of Environmental Education Centers and many other organizations are in the process of developing an environmental literacy plan for our state. The first draft of the plan was released in December 2010 and we are currently working on revisions based on those comments. We anticipate that a second draft will be available for review later this spring or early summer. Visit the N.C. Environmental Literacy Plan website to view the first draft of the plan and sign up to receive future updates by email.

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