Rhode Island Environmental Literacy Plan
Rhode Island was among the first states in the nation to finish an Environmental Literacy Plan (ELP), opening the door for potential federal funding that will help to equip teachers with the skills, knowledge, and confidence needed to integrate critical environmental and science learning into their curricula.
With the resources and funding that have become available, RIEEA and the RI Department of Education (RIDE) are currently engaged in the following phases of the ELP:
- managing a searchable resource database of environmental education opportunities;
- promoting the Green Ribbon Schools initiative and guiding applicants through the process;
- offering professional development opportunities for formal and informal educators;
- developing guidelines for the School as a Tool portion of the Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS) program so that schools receiving state funds for new buildings or refurbishment projects will have to incorporate high quality environmental education into their curriculum;
- assessing how to most easily and effectively evaluate environmental literacy.
The announcement of the Plan’s completion was made on June 20, 2011, by the Rhode Island Environmental Education Association and the Rhode Island Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education at an event held in an outdoor classroom developed at the Old County Road School in Smithfield.
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Check out this public service announcement for the ELP. It was made by Central Falls High School Students as part of Creative Connections: City to Sanctuary, a partnership between Norman Bird Sanctuary and Central Falls High School’s STEM Academy.