About the No Child Left Inside Act
The Elementary and Secondary Education Act is also known as No Child Left Behind, which in the past few years has fundamentally changed the way that education is delivered in this country. It has defined the core content that all students in the United States must learn to be considered proficient at each grade level. As of 2007, this includes content standards in reading, math, and science. In many school districts, this has translated into teaching only those subjects and standards that are assessed.
If Congress adopts the NCLI proposals, a substantially strengthened Elementary and Secondary Education Act will include:
- Funding to train teachers to deliver high quality Environmental Education and utilize the local environment as an extension of the classroom.
- Incentives for states to develop State Environmental Literacy Plans to insure that every student is prepared to understand the environmental challenges of the future.
- Encouragement for teachers, administrators, and school systems to make time and resources available for environmental education for all students.
- Environmental Education will be integrated across core subject areas.
No Child Left Inside Act of 2011
The No Child Left Inside Act would increase environment literacy among elementary and secondary students by encouraging and providing assistance to states for the development and implementation of environmental literacy plans and promoting professional development for teachers on how to integrate environmental literacy and field experiences into their instruction.
Key Provisions of the No Child Left Inside Act:
- Incentives and support for states to develop and implement Environmental Literacy Plans to integrate environmental education and field experiences into the core academic program in public schools.
- Partnership grants between school districts, colleges of education, parks, environmental organizations, and other community based organizations to develop and implement professional development for teachers on the use of field-based, service, and experiential learning to provide innovative and interdisciplinary instruction to students.
- National capacity grants to scale up and disseminate effective practices in environmental education.
- Authorization of such sums as may be necessary to support the No Child Left Inside activities for fiscal years 2012 - 2016.