EEI Curriculum - Frequently Asked Questions

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Q: What is taught in the EEI Curriculum?

A: The EEI Curriculum consists of 85 K-12 units that teach science and history-social science through an environmental lens.

Q: How can I use the EEI Curriculum to teach Common Core State Standards?

A: EEI provides texts that include activities designed to develop critical thinking skills and reasoned arguments from evidence. Our free Common Core Correlation Guides provide a lesson-by-lesson alignment.

Q: Can I use the EEI Curriculum to connect with the Next Generation Science Standards?

A: Yes. To learn more about how EEI can support NGSS instruction, please visit our NGSS Correlation Guides page.

Q: Does the EEI Curriculum align with other curricula and resources?

A: Yes. The Unit Planner section of each Teacher’s Edition cross-references textbook standards. The California Department of Parks and Recreation site offers an alignment tool and online resource that connect specific EEI lessons and units to various state parks. For more local programs and online resources for teachers, please contact your local representative of the California Regional Environmental Education Community (CREEC) Network.

Q: How can I find out if the environmental topic I want to teach is covered in an EEI unit?

A: The Environmental Topics in the EEI Curriculum page provides resources to support your lesson planning.

Q: How can I minimize the paper my class consumes while using EEI?

A: All components of the EEI Curriculum are available for free download in a PDF format. For more ideas on how to implement the EEI Curriculum digitally, visit our Going Green webpage.

Q: How can I order EEI Curriculum units in print?

A: The EEI curriculum units are no longer being re-printed. Please click here to see availability.

Q: How much does the EEI Curriculum cost?

A: All 85 EEI Curriculum units are free.

Q: Is the Curriculum online?

A: Yes, all 85 EEI Units are available on CalRecycle’s EEI Curriculum SharePoint site. You will need a Microsoft account to access the curriculum.

Q: Am I required to watch the EEI 101 training video prior to ordering?

A: No.

Q: Can I submit my order via email?

A: No. Please use the order form to submit your orders.

Q: What can I expect to receive with my ordered materials?

A: Each unit contains different components. You can see a list of the unit’s components on our EEI Curriculum SharePoint site. Click here to get instructions on how to access the SharePoint site.

Q: What components will not be included in my shipment?

A: All unit components on our website are available for download. The following will not be included in the shipment of printed materials:

  • Teacher’s Masters
  • Visual Aids
  • Form Fillable files
  • Video/Audio files
  • Projectable Formats

Q: What should I expect in my reorder shipment?

A: A reorder is limited to student materials only. Teacher’s Kits are not provided with reorders.

Q: If a component is missing from my order, what do I do?

A: Please contact us via email.

Q: What do I do if my class size is greater than the maximum allowable number of units?

A: Please contact us via email.

Q: What do I do if there is an error with my shipped materials?

A: Please contact us via email.

Q: After I submit my order for my free EEI Curriculum units, how long will it take for my materials to arrive?

A: Typically, it takes 1 to 3 weeks.

Q: Can I order for another teacher?

A: No. Teachers must order for their own use.

Q: I just filled out the Order Form, what happens next?

A: Your order will be processed by our EEI office personnel. You will receive a confirmation email within 1-2 days your order is processed. Printed materials of the unit(s) you ordered will arrive within 1-3 weeks. The materials will ship to the residential address you provided when ordering.

If there is a question with your order or your eligibility, our team will contact you via email.

Q: What address should I use for shipping?

A: You must provide your home address from June 1 to your school’s first day of fall session. If shipped to your home, no signature is needed and will be placed on your porch. Delivery of EEI materials occurs Monday thru Friday with a signature of receipt required when shipped to schools. Use an address that will satisfy the above-mentioned requirements.

Q: What if I put the wrong information on the Order Form?

A: Please contact us via email.

Q: I do not see my school on the Order Form, how do I order?

A: Please contact us via email and send us the name and address of your school.

Q: May I order if I homeschool?

A: Yes, make sure you enter “Homeschool” in the place of school name.

Q: May I order if I do not live in California?

A: We only provide hard-copies of the EEI Curriculum to California-based teachers. However, all of our materials are accessible in downloadable format on our EEI Curriculum SharePoint site.

The EEI Curriculum is free to use for non-profit, educational purposes and we encourage you to download and print resources that may benefit you and your students.

Q: What if I am having trouble accessing the EEI Curriculum SharePoint site?

A: Please contact us via email.

Q: Are there plans to create additional EEI Curriculum units?

A: Currently, there are no plans to add more EEI units. The State Board of Education (SBE) approved the original 85-unit collection as a model curriculum for publishers to use as a guide for incorporating environmental principles and concepts (EP&Cs) into future classroom texts. Rather than creating more EEI units, we, along with Dr. Gerald Lieberman and Ten Strands, worked with the California Department of Education, the California Instructional Quality Commission, and the SBE to ensure integration of the EP&Cs into the new state-adopted science and history-social science instructional materials.

The EP&Cs are also in academic frameworks for health, art, and expected for math in 2022, with state-adopted instructional materials to follow.

Q: Are there any plans to produce the EEI Curriculum units in other languages?

A: A select number of EEI Curriculum components have been voluntarily translated into Spanish by bilingual educators. CalRecycle’s Office of Education and the Environment does not control the quality or accuracy of the content, however these materials are available for download here.

Q: Are there plans to align the EEI Curriculum to Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards?

A: We have guides that provide tips for using the EEI Curriculum to support Common Core and the Next Generation Science Standards.