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Environmental Literacy Plan (ELP)

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The Environmental Literacy Plan (ELP) must address how the school will implement its environmental education program (EE) and measure progress toward its contractual goals. The ELP must address how all students in the school will move along the awareness to action continuum toward becoming more environmentally literate. The school does not have to identify specific activities for all grade levels in each Indicator Area, but may choose to target activities in one or more Indicator Areas to a certain age group or grade. However, all grade levels the school serves must be identified in the ELP.

In each Indicator Area, the school must identify one or more strategies it will implement to achieve the goal, and how it will measure whether students are achieving or making progress toward the identified goal.

There are a variety of ways to track student growth in these areas. By far the biggest challenge is gathering the data. It must be a school-wide effort to implement evaluation tools and assessments, gather data, and report that data to the EE Coordinator, school leader, or other person identified in the school. OW will gather data about the school’s progress toward its EE goals through a variety of tools, including the EE Survey and Annual Report.

The following pages contain an Environmental Literacy Plan template. Each section states the goal and requires the school to identify a strategy for implementation and an evaluation method for determining if the strategy effectively moved students toward the goal. You can think of the goal as a destination, a strategy as your road map for getting there, and the evaluation method as a compass to tell you if you’re on track.