Environmental Literacy and Social Justice

Environmental literacy and social justice are inextricably linked, and recent changes in California’s curricula fully encourage pedagogical exploration of this linkage. Three new academic content frameworks (in Science, History-Social Science, and Health) promote challenge-based learning, in which student inquiry leads to student action in local communities. Students are also discovering nature-inspired design, i.e. Biomimicry, as part of this process. In this session, we will meet a school district representative, a teacher, and a student, who will share their perspectives about this intersection of environmental literacy and social justice. We will also experience a hands-on immersion into the Biomimicry design process with a focus on how we could apply these methods in our own schools and communities. With: Beth Rattner, Biomimicry Institute; Juanita Chan, Rialto Unified School District; Kavita Gupta, Freemont Union High School District. Moderated by Emily Schell, Executive Director, California Global Education Project; Caleb Jordan-McDaniels, Redwood High School.

Larkspur Room

October 18th | 2:45 pm to 4:15 pm



Juanita Chan
Instructional Strategist
Rialto, California, Unified School District
Beth Rattner
Biomimicry Institute
Kavita Gupta

National Geographic Educator Fellow
Emily Schell
Executive Director
California Global Education Project
Caleb Jordan-McDaniels
Winner of the 2019 Biomimicry Youth Design Challenge
Bioneers 2019 Conference - Seeding the Field: Growing Transformative Movements