SMCOE Environmental Literacy and Sustainability Initiative
SMCOE's Environmental Literacy and Sustainability Initiative (ELSI) provides "backbone support" to San Mateo County schools in prioritizing environmental literacy, by preparing leaders to integrate environmental sustainability and climate resilient practices across a school's campus, curriculum, community and culture.
Driving Philosophies: "Educate to Survive and Thrive" and "The World Becomes What We Teach"
ABOUT - Use the links below to learn more about the Environmental Literacy and Sustainability Initiative (ELSI), launched in July 2017:
ELSI PROGRAMS - ELSI Programs are run by SMCOE and seek to support stakeholders across school communities to ensure that all students are educated to survive and thrive sustainably.
CAPACITY BUILDING PROGRAMS: These programs focus on developing knowledge, skills, and values for environmental literacy and sustainability - programs include: SMELC Teacher Fellowship Programs, SMELC Administrator Fellowship, Youth Climate Ambassadors
NETWORK PROGRAMS: These programs focus on Scaling up change by fostering collaboration, sharing best practices, and strengthening communication channels - networks include: Community Based Environmental Literacy Partners (CBELP) Network; ELSI Community of Practice for Educators and Parents; Environmental Youth Leadership Network (EYLN).
ANNUAL SUMMITS AND RECOGNITION/AWARDS PROGRAMS: These programs seek to catalyze innovation with leading edge exemplars, measuring impact, and providing entry points for engagement - programs include: One Planet Schools Challenge (OPSC), Schools for a Sustainable Future Summit (S4SF)
SERVICES - The ELSI Team can provide a variety of customized technical assistance services to districts and schools in the following categories:
Professional Development Support for Integrating Environmental Sustainability Education (ESE) and Climate Literacy into Curriculum and Instruction
Technical Assistance Support for Green Facilities and Operations - this includes a recent focus on utilizing outdoor classrooms for COVID-19 Recovery, and support with adapting to the impacts of climate change (i.e. high heat, air pollution, flooding, etc.)
Support to Community Leaders (including youth and parent volunteers) for leading community engagement efforts
The ELSI Bulletin - Every month the Environmental Literacy & Sustainability Initiative sends out a newsletter, The ELSI Bulletin.
Through our newsletter you can stay updated with our work, find professional development opportunities and curriculum resources, as well as explore environmental events for staff and students in San Mateo County and beyond.