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Phases and Timeline

California is currently poised to lead the nation in environmental literacy through EEI. The development and implementation of EEI is occurring in seven phases. Currently, we are initiating Phase Five: Disseminate EEI Curriculum and plan for Professional Development.

Although the EEI Curriculum is now finalized and SBE-approved, during implementation, should a member of the public identify a discrete error in the curriculum and wish to submit a correction, Cal/EPA will collect and review submissions. Submit the specific error and correction to eei@calepa.ca.gov.

Key Elements of In Progress Phases through Completed Phases

Phase Five: Disseminate EEI Curriculum and Professional Development
In Progress:

  • Conduct focus groups with local school district staff.
  • Establish professional development advisory committee.
  • Identify potential dissemination and professional development.
  • Develop plan for outreach and professional development.
  • Recruit school districts to participate in EEI.
  • Conduct professional development workshops for district-level educational leaders.
  • Provide technical support to school districts and curriculum staff.
  • Conduct Development Campaign to support statewide implementation.

Phase Six: Assessment of EEI Curriculum
Anticipated Activities:

  • Develop assessment and evaluation instruments.
  • Conduct evaluation regarding the efficacy of the EEI Curriculum.
  • Analyze data and report on results.

Phase Seven: Ongoing Operation and Outreach of EEI Implementation
Anticipated Activities:

  • Conduct outreach to school districts.
  • Provide on-going professional development.
  • Conduct Development Campaign.
  • Establish partnerships with regulatory and non-regulatory agencies for environmental education consistency.
  • Support alignment of State Agency EEI materials.

Completed Phases

Phase One: Environmental Principles & Concepts (EP&C)

Phase Two: Alignment of the EP&C to California’s Academic Content Standards

  • Developed the draft alignment of the EP&C to the academic content standards.
  • Conducted regional field reviews in six geographic areas of California, three regional orientation sessions for environmental organizations/education providers, and an on-line discussion forum.
  • Reviewed draft standards alignment maps with K-12 subject-matter experts.
  • Finalized the academic content standards alignment maps.

Phase Three: Development of Model EEI Curriculum Plan

  • Developed criteria for assessing existing environmental education materials and formed a California Environmental Education Interagency Network (CEEIN) sub-committee for their review.
  • Conducted an Educator Needs Assessment regarding design elements for the Model EEI Curriculum.
  • Developed instructional materials design alternatives.
  • Developed a scope and sequence for the EP&C based on the academic content standards.
  • Developed a draft Model EEI Curriculum Plan.
  • Obtained approval of the Model EEI Curriculum Plan from the Interagency Model EEI Curriculum Planning Committee (representatives of the: California Environmental Protection Agency, California Integrated Waste Management Board, State Department of Education, State Board of Education, Curriculum and Supplemental Materials Commission representatives, Office of the Secretary of Education, and California Resources Agency.)

Phase Four: Development of EEI Curriculum

  • Hire of Consultant, Writers, Editors and Graphic Designers for the Model EEI Curriculum.
  • Draft of standards-based lesson plans and units.
  • Recruit school districts to field test and revise draft lesson plans and units.
  • Pilot test and revise grade-level instruction units.
  • Review by State Board of Education’s Content Review Experts (CREs) and Instructional Material Reviewers (IMRs) Review of the Model EEI Curriculum by the Curriculum Development and Supplemental Materials Commission.
  • Review of the Model EEI Curriculum by Secretaries of the California Environmental Protection Agency and California Resources Agency.
  • Submit to State Board of Education for approval.

The EEI Curriculum, which was approved by the State Board of Education in early 2010, was developed and vetted in a lengthy and highly transparent public process that included multiple layers of peer and expert review, including the following:

  1. Expert reviews of each curriculum unit in 2006-09;
  2. Field and pilot testing by teachers in 2007-09;
  3. An independent review by the Curriculum Development & Supplemental Materials Commission and State Board of Education in 2009 (which mirrored the textbook adoption review process);
  4. Professional peer review by associations of education professionals at various conferences and meetings (throughout the process);
  5. A nine-month public comment period during which the Curriculum was posted on the web (and of which well over a thousand individuals and organizations were notified by both Cal/EPA and CDE);
  6. Additional review by subject matter experts of select, high profile units;
  7. SBE review (by law), and subsequent approval (as noted above) contingent upon incorporation of necessary edits and corrections; and
  8. Final review and approval by CDE of all edits and corrections at the direction of SBE.

In addition, the authors and expert reviewers for each curriculum unit are listed in each unit and may be viewed online.

California Environmental Protection Agency will provide on-going support toward the implementation of all aspects of the Education and the Environment Initiative.

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Last updated: December 6, 2010
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Contact: EEI@calrecycle.ca.gov