Exciting Week for Environmental Literacy!

This week marked several milestones in the effort to increase the environmental literacy of students in our region.

On Tuesday the Maryland State Board of Education voted to require that students get a “comprehensive, multi-disciplinary environmental education.” Maryland is the first state in the nation to implement an environmental literacy graduation requirement.  This new requirement necessitates that school districts develop plans to ensure that environmental education is incorporated into the curriculum, and that all students are environmentally literate.

Also on Tuesday of this week, the District Department of the Environment hosted a Kick-Off Event to bring all the stakeholders in the District together to develop an Environmental Literacy Plan for the District.  As mandated by the Healthy Schools Act of 2010, the District must develop an Environmental Literacy Plan by June 30, 2012.

The efforts in both Maryland and the District are part of a nationwide movement to incorporate environmental education and a focus on environmental issues into our formal education system.  The nationwide No Child Left Inside Coalition is advocating for federal funds to support environmental education efforts.  The No Child Left Inside Act, which will hopefully be reintroduced this summer, would require that states develop Environmental Literacy Plans in order to receive implementation funding.

AWS is excited to see momentum building around environmental education.  These plans to integrate environmental education initiatives into our formal education system will help us engage more students in our environmental education programs.

For more information:
No Child Left Inside Coalition

DC Environmental Literacy plan






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