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1 Kentucky’s Environmental Literacy Plan

2 WHAT? Environmental Literacy Environmental Literacy An individual’s understanding, skills and ability to make responsible decisions that consider his or her relationships to natural systems, communities and future generations.

3 The Benefits of Environmental Education Academic Academic Health Health Developmental Developmental Cognitive Cognitive Social Social Emotional Emotional Work Force Development Work Force Development Environment Environment

4 Academic Research across the country shows that when environment-based education is incorporated into schools, student achievement, attendance, behaviors and attitudes improve. Research across the country shows that when environment-based education is incorporated into schools, student achievement, attendance, behaviors and attitudes improve.

5 Legislation Presidents’ proposed FY 2012 Budget Presidents’ proposed FY 2012 Budget Blueprint for Reform – Blueprint for Reform – Well Rounded Education--$246.1 Million (Competitive Grants) Well Rounded Education--$246.1 Million (Competitive Grants) Must have ELP Must have ELP Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) Reauthorization--pending Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) Reauthorization--pending No Child Left Inside Act—will be reintroduced this session No Child Left Inside Act—will be reintroduced this session

6 Elements of Kentucky’s State Environmental Literacy Plan 1. Specific content standards, content areas, and courses or subjects where instruction takes place. 2. A description of how state high school graduation requirements will ensure that graduates are environmentally literate. 3. A description of programs for professional development of teachers to improve their environmental content knowledge, skill in teaching about environmental issues, and field-based pedagogical skills. 4. A description of how the state education agency will measure the environmental literacy of students.

7 Elements of Kentucky’s State Environmental Literacy Plan 5. A description of how the state education agency will implement the plan, including securing funding and other necessary support. 6. A description of how the state education agency will encourage school districts to “green” the buildings and grounds 7. A description of how the state education agency will encourage teachers and administrators to provide significant outdoor experiences for their students

8 We Need Your Input 1. Surveys: 2. Suggestion on the 7 Elements: 3. Kentucky Alliance for Environmental Literacy 4. Environmental Literacy Plan Task Force Co chairs Billy Bennett, Billy Bennett, Felicia Cummins-Smith, Felicia Cummins-Smith, Melinda Wilder, Melinda Wilder,


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