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Wisconsin Standards for Environmental Literacy and Sustainability

Introducing Wisconsin Standards for Environmental Literacy and Sustainability

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We are pleased to introduce these newly revised standards replacing the 1998 Wisconsin Model Academic Standards for Environmental Education. The Wisconsin Standards for Environmental Literacy and Sustainability (ELS) have been adopted by the Wisconsin State Superintendent for school districts, educator preparation programs, and non-formal environmental education centers to consider in their work with environmental education. This site provides resources to support the implementation of the standards.

The Wisconsin Standards for Environmental Literacy and Sustainability provide a foundational framework that identifies what students should know and be able to do in environmental education. These standards take an interdisciplinary approach to integrating environmental education into multiple subject areas. Learn more in Wisconsin Standards for Environmental Literacy and Sustainability - Full Set

We encourage you to visit this site often as additional resources will be added over time. Check the Environmental Education Professional Learning Calendar for opportunities to learn about the new standards.

About the Standards 

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Connect

The standard and performance indicators in the Connect strand help students develop and connect with a sense of place while exploring concepts of perspective and mental models, curiosity and wonder, and well-being.

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Explore

The four standards and corresponding performance indicators in the Explore strand help students understand how ecological principles of networks, nested systems, interdependence, diversity, resilience, cycles, flows, change, and adaptation are present in both natural and cultural systems.

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Engage

The two standards and corresponding performance indicators in the Engage strand have students investigate concepts of dynamic balance between natural and cultural systems and design and implement stewardship projects as active members of their community

More resources coming soon!

 

Looking for the Wisconsin Model Academic Standards? 

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The 2018 release of the Wisconsin Standards for Environmental Literacy and Sustainability replace the previous 1998 Wisconsin Model Academic Standards for Environmental Education, which are still available for download here.  

 

For questions about this information, contact Victoria Rydberg (608) 266-0419