Environmental Literacy Planning Outcome:Factors Influencing Progress
Several factors could impact our ability to support watershed jurisdictions in their efforts to develop comprehensive and systemic approaches to environmental literacy. These factors have directly informed the management actions our partners will take to achieve the Environmental Literacy Planning outcome.
State Agency Engagement
Progress toward this outcome will require staff support and engagement at state departments of education.
Local Agency Engagement
Progress toward this outcome will require district-level environmental literacy planning and implementation and school district participation in the Environmental Literacy Indicator Tool (ELIT) survey.
While national education reform has lent itself to using the environment as an integrating context for learning, the shifts in both teaching and learning these reforms require pose ongoing challenges to developing systemic approaches to environmental education.
Progress toward this outcome will require jurisdictions to collaboratively support cross-agency “collective impact” efforts.
School Community Readiness
Progress toward this outcome will require teachers, principals and other school staff to be aware of our environmental literacy progress, gaps and opportunities, and to be prepared to incorporate locally appropriate environmental practices, content and learning opportunities into their operations and curricula.
Progress toward this outcome will require funding for student projects, sustainable school initiatives, professional development and transportation.