Thank you to Minnesota 2020 for this great video about the importance of NCLI legislation.
The Coalition has over 2080 members! We welcome the newest members:
- Called to Nursing (OR)
- Putney Central School (VT)
- Early Years Institute (NY)
- Project Get Outdoors Inc (MN)
- Tower Hill Botanical Garden (MA)
You can become the newest member. Join the Coalition
White House Summit
GREAT NEWS! On April 16, at the first-ever White House Summit on Environmental Education, EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson announced the formation of an Federal Interagency Task Force on Environmental Education, to be co-led by EPA and the U.S. Departments of Education and Interior. Many in the environmental education community—including hundreds of members of the national No Child Left Inside Coalition—have previously encouraged the Administration to create such a taskforce, particularly in light of budget cuts to key federal environmental education programs in fiscal year 2013.
In another positive move, Administrator Jackson also committed $5 million in EPA funds for environmental education in next year’s budget, to include money for teacher professional development, grants to schools, and funding for the National Environmental Education Foundation.
Few details regarding the newly formed taskforce are immediately available, but sources at the Summit say participation is likely to be at the Deputy Secretary level, indicating the Administration is giving high priority to a coordinated and cohesive plan for increasing environmental education opportunities and expanding the role of the Department of Education in achieving that goal.
Rep. Sarbanes' New Environmental Literacy Message
Thank you Representative Sarbanes for your continued support of the No Child Left Inside movement. Watch his latest video message about environmental literacy.
Support the NCLI Coalition
You can now make online donations to support the advocacy work of the NCLI Coalition! Please consider contributing to NCLI this holiday season—what better gift can we give to our children and grandchildren than the opportunity to learn, play, and explore their natural world through environmental and outdoor education? Donations can be made anytime.
Education Week mentions NCLI
A fantastic article came out recently that outlines the potential environmental literacy graduation requirement for Maryland students. Find out the details of how the state education system plans to have environmental literacy "threaded through" the curriculum. This is a huge step forward for environmental education and the NCLI Coalition is eager to help. Be on the lookout for action steps very soon. The article also discusses the national No Child Left Inside® movement. Click to read the full article.
The No Child Left Inside® Coalition is composed of environmental, educational, and public health organizations, businesses, civic organizations and other public enterprises, all dedicated to ensuring a comprehensive education for all.