EL Assessment Project

On July 13-15, 2016, RIEEA members and invited leaders of the national environmental education community met for the Environmental Literacy Assessment Planning Summit at the Rhode Island Foundation in Providence, RI and facilitated by the New Knowledge Organization Ltd. The full report can be found here. The result of the Summit was the creation of a plan outlining four distinct and interwoven initiatives, each essential to the purpose of assessing and advancing the current state of environmental literacy in Rhode Island.

Each of the four initiatives of the K-12 Environmental Literacy Assessment in Rhode Island (RI-ELA) project is being led and implemented by a committee comprised of RIEEA Board members, RIEEA members, community leaders, a Project Manager and contracted experts. RIEEA will be able to carry out the first three of these initiatives thanks to a grant from Rhode Island Foundation. Support for this project was also provided in part by a grant from the Pisces Foundation, which seeks ways to accelerate to a world where people and nature thrive together.

Learn more about each initiative by clicking the links below or sign up here for more information.

  1. Environmental Literacy Leaderships and Partnerships
  2. Environmental Literacy Supporting a Better RI
  3. Striving for Excellence in Environmental Education Practice
  4. Monitoring the Status of K-12 Environmental Literacy

The long term goals of a comprehensive RI-ELA are:

  1. To provide an effective assessment tool for Rhode Island schools and a model for other schools across the country;
  2. To determine if there is a positive correlation between environmental literacy (EL) and academic achievement in students, validating the effectiveness of environmental education in supporting and even improving academic performance;
  3. To promote environmental education (EE) as a valuable and dynamic means of engaging students in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM) skills building for success in school and future career pathways; and
  4. To foster environmental literacy, ecological awareness, and community caretaking behaviors in our future citizenry.

This project aims to engage and improve the State as a whole. It will be implemented statewide while also being designed to be used as a model for the rest of the country. RIEEA is well positioned with our state ELP and strong partnerships locally and nationally to lead the country in this valuable effort.