Washington Environmental and Sustainability Literacy Plan
OSPI and E3 Washington (Education, Environment, and Economy) led the development of the Washington State Environmental and Sustainability Literacy Plan. The purpose of the Plan is to build on programs and initiatives already underway in Washington State; ensure that students in Washington have ample opportunities to increase their environmental literacy and enhance their academic achievement through real-world, integrated, project based learning; and to ensure that Washington state is well-positioned to obtain private and public funding to support this work.
The Plan includes six forward-thinking and attainable 10-year goals.
GOAL 1 – Lifelong Learning and Community Connections
The community surrounding the K-12 system supports students’ environmental and sustainability literacy. Environmental and sustainability education resources and opportunities are available to all and accessed by many people in Washington State, from the youngest children to senior citizens.
GOAL 2 – Learning Standards, Content Areas, Courses, and Instructional Materials.
School districts, schools, and teachers in Washington State have the necessary resources to support integrated environmental and sustainability education learning opportunities for each student.
GOAL 3 – Graduation Requirements
All students in Washington State have the opportunity to graduate from high school with proficiency in environmental and sustainability literacy and are prepared to continue their ducation and/or enter related careers.
GOAL 4 – Professional Development
A comprehensive environmental and sustainability education professional development program addressing the needs of informal and formal educators is developed and implemented in Washington State.
GOAL 5 – Assessment System
Multiple assessments, including summative and formative assessment processes, are used to measure students’ environmental and sustainability literacy and inform teaching and learning.
GOAL 6 – Implementation and Funding
Obtain ongoing diversified funding to implement, track, measure, and manage the Washington State Environmental and Sustainability Literacy Plan.
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