Maryland Environmental Literacy: Implementation & Support
Effective communication of requirements, resources and expectations continues to be key to successful environmental literacy plan (ELP) implementation. Specific efforts to support school systems throughout the ELP development and implementation process are currently under way:
Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE):
MSDE and the Partnership for Children in Nature are currently conducting regional meetings with school systems across Maryland to discuss ELP development, gauge the status of each county’s ELP, identify gaps, and define how programs will be progressively strengthened. MSDE is also developing a new environmental literacy website featuring a list of lead county ELP coordinators, the status of county ELPs, and comprehensive resources. In the interim, resources are available through the online MSDE Environmental Literacy Toolkit.
Maryland Environmental Literacy Partnership (MELP):
In 2012 MELP was formed as a collaborative effort of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, MSDE, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration, and nine leading Maryland school districts. MELP is creating robust curriculum resources and providing teacher professional learning and support to meet Maryland Environmental Literacy Standard 1 (environmental issues investigation and student action), as well as content standards in science and social studies. As of 2014, teacher cohorts have drafted eight science and five social studies MELP curriculum modules for integration into existing science and social studies courses.
School Grounds for Learning Project (SG4L):
Currently under development, SG4L is a new initiative funded by the NOAA-BWET grant program. The project will provide comprehensive online resources and professional development opportunities to enable students, teachers, administrators & school facilities personnel to effectively design, enhance, utilize and sustain environmental projects on school grounds. Covering a vast array of projects, these dynamic instructional resources are being designed to facilitate the effective hands-on implementation of environmental literacy, the pursuit of Green School & U.S. Green Ribbon School status, and the development and continued use of high quality, sustainable indoor and outdoor learning environments.
Learn more about these ongoing efforts and resources to support the development and enhancement of environmental literacy plans and programs:
- Maryland State Department of Education Environmental Literacy Toolkit
- The Maryland Environmental Literacy Partnership (MELP)
- School Grounds for Learning Project