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Environmental Literacy Leadership Cadre

The Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) is recruiting Elementary Teachers/Educator Leaders from schools across the District that serve pre-K through Grade 5 to participate in the Environmental Literacy Leadership Cadre.

Established in February 2016, the Office of the State Superintendent of Education’s Environmental Literacy Leadership Cadre is a group of individuals from elementary schools across the District who will be responsible for developing a plan to implement the Environmental Literacy Framework at their schools and coordinating its implementation.

Who: The 2019-21 Leadership Cadre is the third cohort of schools that will work with OSSE’s environmental literacy program. OSSE will select school-based educators from schools, with each participating school having a maximum of two educators in the Leadership Cadre. Selection criteria will include (a) teaching experience; (b) grade levels taught; (c) subject matter expertise; (d) letter of recommendation from administration; and (e) writing sample.  In addition, individuals will be selected to serve as mentors. Mentors will have providing expertise and guidance in developing school-based environmental literacy programs.

What: The Leadership Cadre, in partnership with OSSE, will meet to (a) receive comprehensive professional development related to Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), (b) develop and implement a school-based environmental literacy program using the Environmental Literacy Framework, (c) discuss existing supports and make recommendations regarding environmental literacy implementation in elementary schools, and (d) disseminate information about environmental literacy to their community and garner feedback on the school-based environmental literacy program.

Outcomes:  By bringing together local expertise, OSSE will understand how to better integrate environmental literacy into school curricula and provide rich experiences to students that will lead to improved academic performance of students.

When: Educators will meet monthly during the 2019-20 and 2020-21 school years.

Commitment: Selected educators are expected to attend and fully participate in the monthly meetings (estimated two hours per session). Educators and mentors will communicate with each other once per month outside of the monthly meetings. In addition, educators are expected to deliver and refine (with school colleagues) the environmental literacy program developed at their school last year.

Incentives: All participants from Cohort 3 schools will be paid a stipend, in addition to receiving professional development. Stipend amount will range from $2500-$5000, based on number of representatives from the school and available funds. Mentors will receive a stipend of $5000. The final number of participants and stipend amounts are to be determined based on available funds.

Alumni schools: Two cohorts of schools have participated in the leadership cadre and are featured in these snapshots.

The following schools are represented in Cohort 3 (2019-21):

Download the 2020 Environmental Literacy Snapshots Booklet

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For more information or questions, please contact Grace Manubay (202) 654-6116 or [email protected].

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