Our name, Ten Strands, illustrates our approach—we weave stakeholders and strategies together into strong, focused education partnerships, with the goal of raising environmental literacy by providing high-quality environment-based learning and hands-on education to all California K–12 students.
We bring existing resources, stakeholders, and expertise together, with a focus on equity, inclusion, and cultural relevance. We do not duplicate what is already being done or what others can do better. Instead, we act as an incubator and a catalyst to create collaborations, build capacity, and transform systems to increase their impact and sustainability.
We work collaboratively to ensure that teachers have access to high-quality instructional materials that address Common Core State Standards, Next Generation Science Standards, History–Social Science Standards, and support English language learners. We support professional development opportunities and outdoor education resources so teachers can provide students with engaging environment-based educational experiences both inside and outside the classroom.
We partner with state government, local education agencies, providers of environmental education, community members, and funders to make environmental literacy a reality for all California’s K–12 students.
We foster efforts to infuse environmental themes into core subjects and empower teachers to use the environment as a context for learning about science, health, reading, writing, and history–social science. Our strategy harnesses the vast and diverse reach of California public schools, combined with the resources of environmental education providers and community-based organizations.