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Saturday, October 21


Environmental Literacy for All

Presented by Ten Strands, a groundbreaking organization working to bring environmental literacy to all of California’s K–12 students.

The enormous benefits of environmental and outdoor science education are widely known, but the cultural relevance of these experiences and access to them remain elusive for low-income communities, communities of color, and English learners. In this session we'll explore how to make environmental literacy widely available and inclusive throughout K-12 public education systems by cultivating community partnerships, meeting rigorous mainstream educational goals, and equipping students with the capacity to build ecologically sound, economically prosperous, and equitable communities. Hosted by Craig Strang, Associate Director of Lawrence Hall of Science. With: Carl Anthony and Paloma Pavel, Urban Habitat/Breakthrough Communities Project/Earth Island Institute; Raquel Pinderhughes, Ph.D., professor and Chair of the Urban Studies and Planning Department at San Francisco State; Jose Flores, award-winning teacher from Brawley Union High School District, CA; Juanita Chan, District Science Lead, Rialto Unified School District, CA.

Workshop Speakers
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Carl Anthony

Carl C. Anthony, a seminal pioneer of the Environmental Justice Movement, is an architect and regional design strategist. Co-founder of the Breakthrough Communities Project, his illustrious career has included several key roles at the Ford Foundation, leading global and U.S.-based... Read More →
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Juanita Chan

Juanita Chan, Science Lead at the Rialto, California, Unified School District and Project Director of Rialto’s California Mathematics and Science Partnership grant, works to inspire love and excitement for science and to infuse environmental education into all levels of K–12 curricula... Read More →
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Jose Flores

Jose Flores, a teacher at Brawley High in California’s Imperial Valley for 25 years who has won many prestigious local, state and federal awards for his work in education, is also an Instructional Quality Commissioner at the California Department of Education, a K-12 Civic Learning... Read More →
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M. Paloma Pavel

M. Paloma Pavel, Ph.D., President of Earth House Center and co-founder of the Breakthrough Communities Project, served as Director of Strategic Communications for the Sustainable Metropolitan Communities Initiative at the Ford Foundation. She has taught at several Bay Area academic... Read More →
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Raquel Pinderhughes

Raquel Pinderhughes, Ph.D., Professor and Chair of Urban Studies and Planning at San Francisco State, is a leading activist scholar focused on improving the lives of low-income people and inner-city communities. She has directed urban and environmental education programs for incarcerated... Read More →
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Craig Strang

Craig Strang, Associate Director, Lawrence Hall of Science, UC Berkeley, is a science and environmental educator who designs professional learning experiences for education leaders in schools, aquariums, museums, and universities internationally. He also co-leads the nationwide Ocean... Read More →

Saturday October 21, 2017 2:45pm - 4:15pm
Santa Rosa Room
Sunday, October 22


Revolutionizing Education: How to Cultivate Social and Emotional Intelligence, Mindfulness, and Cultural Responsiveness in Schools
Join council trainer Kate Lipkis, Laura Weaver of Passageworks Institute and highly experienced educator Scott VanLoo in an interactive session to explore how practices such as council, mindfulness and empathic listening can be used in educational contexts to create compassionate and inclusive classrooms where students and teachers alike are engaged and valued and can thrive.

Workshop Speakers
avatar for Kate Lipkis

Kate Lipkis

Kate Lipkis, working in communication dynamics for 40+ years, is a certified council trainer and mentor who helped establish council programs in five public schools in Los Angeles as well as in numerous social justice agencies and several state prisons. A member of the Trainers Mentoring... Read More →
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Scott VanLoo

Scott VanLoo, Assistant Principal at a dual language International Baccalaureate elementary school in Dillon, Colorado, has 20+ years’ experience in education including elementary and high school teaching, special and homeless education, equity and diversity training, and parent... Read More →
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Laura Weaver

Laura Weaver, a consultant to schools and school systems and facilitator with 20+ years’ experience in education and social change work, is Director of Transformative Learning at the PassageWorks Institute, a non-profit dedicated to cultivating meaningful, inclusive and nourishing... Read More →

Sunday October 22, 2017 2:45pm - 4:15pm
Santa Rosa Room


Cities, States, Regions and Civil Society Leading on Climate Change
In light of the lack of significant action by many national governments and the Trump administration's climate denial and active torpedoing of the Paris Climate Accords, many cities, states, regions and citizens' groups around the world are taking matters into their own hands with very creative and promising approaches. With: Amanda Brown-Stevens, Executive Director of the Bay Area Resilience By Design Challenge; Andy Lipkis, founder/President of TreePeople in Los Angeles; Alexa Kleysteuber, Deputy Secretary for Border and Intergovernmental Relations for CalEPA. Hosted by Teo Grossman, Senior Director of Programs & Research, Bioneers.

Workshop Speakers
avatar for Amanda Brown-Stevens

Amanda Brown-Stevens

Amanda Brown-Stevens has a long, highly effective track record in local, municipal and regional conservation and infrastructure development throughout California. Currently Managing Director of the Bay Area Resilient by Design Challenge, she previously worked with the Trust for Public... Read More →
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Teo Grossman

Teo Grossman, Senior Director of Programs and Research at Bioneers, previously worked on a range of projects from federal range management to state-level assessments of long-range planning to applied research on topics including climate change adaptation, ecosystem services, biodiversity... Read More →
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Alexa Kleysteuber

Alexa Kleysteuber, Deputy Secretary for Border and Intergovernmental Relations for California EPA since 2016, previously served as a policy advisor to the Independent Association of Latin America and the Caribbean (a negotiation group under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change... Read More →
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Andy Lipkis

Andy Lipkis, a seminal figure in the “citizen urban forestry” movement, founded the groundbreaking organization Tree People in Los Angeles In 1973 as a teenager, and is still its President. An award-winning practical visionary who has dedicated his life to making cities safe... Read More →

Sunday October 22, 2017 2:45pm - 4:15pm
Sausalito Room