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LCAP Toolkit for Science and Environmental Literacy

In 2014, fewer than half of California’s school districts included references to science education or identified plans to implement the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) — and even less districts included environmental literacy — in their Local Control Accountability Plans, or LCAP’s.

In an effort to strengthen science education and environmental literacy through the state’s local control finance and accountability processes, the Lawrence Hall of Science, along with handful of partners, has assembled an LCAP toolkit to help stakeholders successfully advocate for science and environmental literacy in their local school district budget development process.

Read the LCAP Toolkit Introduction and download the tools below to find out more about what you can do to be an advocate for science education and environmental literacy in your community.

The toolkit contains nine components:

LCAP Primer for Science and Environmental Literacy Advocates

Explains the LCAP development process and ways science education and environmental literacy advocates can provide input when working with district and community leaders.

Talking Points & FAQs

A tool to help guide advocates in making the case for science education and environmental literacy.

Science-Focused Guiding Questions for Community Leaders

For use by advocates to help assess strengths and gaps in science education in their communities and identify priority needs for LCAP development.

Science-Focused Guiding Questions for Districts

For school district administrators to help in assessing the breadth and quality of science programming and NGSS readiness in the district.

Environmental Literacy within History-Social Science-Focused Guiding Questions for Community Leaders

For use by advocates to help assess strengths and gaps in supporting environmental literacy via History-Social Science in their communities and identify priority needs for LCAP development.

Environmental Literacy within History-Social Science-Focused Guiding Questions for Districts

For school district administrators to help in assessing the breadth and quality of environmental literacy via History-Social Science programming and readiness in the district.

Model LCAP Content-Science

A tool offering science-focused LCAP goals, measurable outcomes and examples of actions/services to support effective NGSS implementation.

Model LCAP Content-Environmental Literacy

Tool offering model content to incorporate environmental literacy to support science and history-social science learning and student engagement.

Resources List

Provides links to resources on science and environmental literacy curriculum, instructional materials, professional learning supports and other information of use in improving science and environmental literacy.

We welcome your input and questions to improve and expand this toolkit. Please send your requests, comments and your own examples of strong LCAP planning for science and environmental literacy to: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/lcapsciencefeedback.