For the past two years, the NH Environmental Literacy Working Group has been working on developing New Hampshire’s Environmental Literacy Plan. The Working Group consists of members from NH Environmental Educators, NH Children in Nature Coalition, organizations and individuals. The Environmental Literacy Plan serves as a component that creates a pathway for achieving statewide environmental literacy and is a required element for federal funding based on the pending No Child Left Inside Legislation. The group conducted surveys, forums and focus groups to gather input from a wide variety of people around the state. It is now time for public review of the document.
The NH ELP Working Group is seeking comments on the proposed plan.
The New Hampshire’s Environmental Literacy Plan presented here is an organized framework ensuring environmental literacy for all people outlined by the six Key Areas of the plan. Key Areas 1 and 2 ensure that environmental literacy activities address state education goals and are aligned with student graduation requirements. Key Area 3 focuses on the need for professional development to assist teachers and school districts. Key Area 4 considers the assessment of Environmental Literacy, and Key Area 5 addresses implementation and funding. Finally, Key Area 6 stipulates that environmental education opportunities be provided in schools and communities.
The Committee would welcome your comments on the following:
1. For each of the six key areas, consider these questions when developing your comment:
- Are the short, medium and long term outcomes achievable?
- Are there additional approaches or strategies that should be used?
- Are there additional partners that should be identified?
2. Also, please make a general comment about your thoughts on the overall viability of the plan.
We will welcome and consider comments that will improve the plan through September 1, 2011.
Please leave your comments below.