Ten Strands brings existing resources, stakeholders, and expertise together, with a focus on equity, inclusion, and cultural relevance. They do not duplicate what is already being done or what others can do better. Instead, they act as an incubator and a catalyst to create collaborations, build capacity, and transform systems to increase their impact and sustainability.

They 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. They 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.

Ten Strands partners 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.

They 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. Their strategy harnesses the vast and diverse reach of California public schools, combined with the resources of environmental education providers and community-based organizations.

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