Welcome to the Maryland No Child Left Inside Coalition
Maryland Environmental Literacy Standards Gain International Acclaim
On October 20, 2015, Maryland's environmental literacy standards received a Silver 2015 Future Policy Award from the World Future Council, the Inter-Parliamentary Union, and UNICEF.
Maryland was recognized for becoming the first in the nation to require that students be environmentally literate prior to graduation. The award jury found that Maryland's standards led to positive school-wide impacts in knowledge, behavior and local action, as well as broad improvement in student learning across a range of subjects. Other states, such as Kentucky and Utah, have used Maryland's standards as a template for their education plans.
The Maryland State Board of Education established an Environmental Education By-Law in 1990, which initiated environmental education standards for the State's public school students. The State Board in 2011 approved a regulation requiring that all Maryland students complete a comprehensive multi-disciplinary program in environmental literacy prior to graduation. The first group of students covered in that regulation graduated in the spring of 2015. Read the press release.
The Maryland Partnership for Children in Nature
Reconnecting Kids and Nature
In April 2008, Governor O'Malley issued a groundbreaking Executive Order establishing the Maryland Partnership for Children in Nature. The Maryland Partnership developed recommendations and initiatives to ensure that all Maryland youth have access to recreational and educational outdoor experiences andgraduate environmentally literate.
The No Child Left Inside Act: A Promising National Effort
The national No Child Left Inside Coalition represents over 2000 organizations in support of legislation and efforts to get kids back outside and reconnected to nature. The No Child Left Inside Act provides for funding to train teachers to deliver high quality environmental education; incentives for states to develop State Environmental Literacy Plans; encouragement for teachers, administrators, and school systems to make time and resources available for environmental education for all students; and integration of environmental education across core subject areas. To learn more and help support this legislation, visit www.nclicoalition.org today!