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Aligning EE, NGSS, and the Common Core Standards

Posted By Bora Simmons on 7/23/2012 4:11:33 PM |  Last Edited By Bora Simmons on 4/16/2014 1:20:55 PM
Next Generation Science Standards
The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) dramatically change the vision of science education in the United States.  We believe strongly that environmental education can play an important role in the development of science curriculum that addresses this new vision.  We also believe that curriculum can be designed that supports both the NGSS and the development of environmental literacy.  To assist in these efforts, we have developed a resource that highlights some of the connections between the NGSS vision of science education and environmental literacy. PLEASE NOTE: This is a draft document. We encourage review and comment.

To download the document, click here:

Linking Environmental Literacy and the Next Generation Science Standards 
[Word document]


Linking Environmental Literacy and the Next Generation Science Standards [PDF document]

Common Core Standards

For the first time in the nation’s history, the United States has released a common set of national standards (adopted by 46 states) with a singular focus on getting all of America’s students prepared to succeed in college and/or their careers. 

The key skills articulated in the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts are essential tools required for students to be functionally literate, but they go beyond basic reading and writing skills to include critical thinking, analysis, and synthesis. These standards are shaping education in the United States. Linking environmental education and the Common Core Standards is essential.

Thankfully, the Kentucky Environmental Education Council has developed a crosswalk that shows the connections between the Common Core Standards for English Language Arts and Excellence in Environmental Education: Guidelines for Learning (K-12). For more information, go to:

http://keec.ky.gov/Publications/Pages/KELP.aspx

Common Core Standards for English Language Arts

To download the PDF, either cut and past the following URL into your browser or click on the title of the document (under Post Media - on the right hand side of your screen):

http://keec.ky.gov/Documents/Common%20Core%20and%20EE%20Correlation/EE_Common_Core_Standards_for_Language_Arts_92012.pdf


Common Core Standards for Mathematics

The Kentucky Environmental Education Council has also developed a crosswalk that shows the connections between the Common Core Standards for Mathematics and Excellence in Environmental Education: Guidelines for Learning (K-12).

To download the PDF, either cut and past the following URL into your browser or click on the title of the document (under Post Media - on the right hand side of your screen):

http://keec.ky.gov/Documents/Common%20Core%20and%20EE%20Correlation/EE_Common_Core_Standards_for_Mathematics_92012.pdf









Webinar Series: Learn About the National Project for Excellence in EE

Posted By Bora Simmons on 3/27/2012 8:18:13 PM |  Last Edited By Bora Simmons on 3/19/2014 11:48:11 AM
National Project for Excellence in Environmental Education Webinar:
Tools for Building Environmental Literacy: Overview of the National Project for Excellence in Environmental Education (May 8, 2013)

To access the recording:
https://naaee.webex.com/naaee/lsr.php?AT=pb&SP=EC&rID=6830042&rKey=34b6beb9cf55637b

AZA Online Course:
Environmental Education: Designing Effective Programs for Zoos & Aquariums aids zoo and aquarium educators in developing new informal environmental education programs or improving existing programs. Several resources are provided throughout this course based on three main areas of focus: EPA Environmental Priorities, NAAEE Guidelines for Excellence in Environmental Education, and target audiences from underserved populations. To help you best utilize the information and resources provided, you are given free reign within the course to pick and choose the Priorities, Guidelines, and target audiences that apply to your institution and programs. In the end, you will combine various learning points into an eeEcology Map that includes goals for a program, or future program, at your institution, which can help with the development of an Environmental Literacy Plan.

To access the recording :
http://animalsinc.net/coursetest/aza_eecourse/player.html

AZA Webinar:
EECapacity: Applying the Environmental Education Materials Guidelines for Excellence to Zoos & Aquariums. This is the first in a series on the EE Guidelines. Watch a free recording. Running time: 15 minutes.

To access the recording :
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/recording/9149197135543502592

National Project for Excellence in Environmental Education: Webinar Series (2012)


1. Designing & Implementing Effective EE Programs (An overview of the National Project for Excellence in Environmental Education) [Presented March 27, 2012] 

To access the recording
:
 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IYpBABHC5KU

NOTE
: We had some technical difficulties.  To avoid frustration, you may want to skip the first three minutes.



2. Environmental Education Materials: Guidelines for Excellence [Presented April 10, 2012]

To access the recording of this webinar:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JRR7lsitCn4


3. Excellence in EE: Guidelines for Learning (K-12) [Presented April 24, 2012]

To access a recording of this webinar:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GIfd1LQNrio


4. Guidelines for the Preparation and Professional Development of Environmental Educators [Presented May 1, 2012]

To access a recording of this webinar:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3InG-nWsfI4


5. Nonformal Environmental Education Programs: Guidelines for Excellence [Presented May 8, 2012]

To access a recording of this webinar:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HZIWGRpNj8k


6. Early Childhood EE Programs: Guidelines for Excellence [Presented June 26, 2012]

To access a recording of this webinar:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1j_yc5ZsqZQ
DOWNLOAD - Power Point Presentations for the Webinars
1. Webinar - Overview of the National Project for Excellence in EE

2. Webinar - EE Materials: Guidelines for Excellence

3. Webinar - Excellence in EE: Guidelines for Learning

4. Webinar - Preparation and Professional Development Guidelines

5. Webinar - Nonformal EE Guidelines

6. Webinar - Early Childhood EE Guidelines

7. Webinar - Final Early EE Guidelines

Early Childhood Environmental Education Rating Scale

Posted By Bora Simmons on 1/20/2012 3:12:58 PM |  Last Edited By Bora Simmons on 6/25/2012 12:37:19 PM

Early Childhood Environmental Education Rating Scale

The Early Childhood Environmental Education Rating Scale (NAAEE 2011), authored by Yash Bhagwanji, provides a collaborative tool for educators and others to discuss their early childhood environmental education program goals, consider strengths and areas of needed improvement, and chart a future direction for development. The Early Childhood Environmental Education Rating Scale is easy to use while also encouraging deep discussions about program philosophy, design and implementation. Building off of NAAEE’s Early Childhood Environmental Education Programs: Guidelines for Excellence, it is a much welcomed addition to the early childhood environmental education tool kit.

 The Early Childhood Environmental Education Rating Scale (ECEERS) is a formative evaluation tool designed to assist programs in improving their environmental education curriculum.

Whether you work with a center-based child development or family day care center, this tool can help you make needed improvements in the quality of activities, experiences, interactions, and instruction concerning the world of nature and its value in society. Environmental education centers, too, may benefit through improvements in curriculum that better respond to the abilities, interests, learning styles, and motivations for learning of young children.

 Based on six key characteristics of high quality early childhood environmental education programs (North American Association for Environmental Education, 2010), the procedures for using the rating scale emphasize a collaborative approach in evaluation, through the sharing of differing perspectives (as represented by program board members, administrative officials, teaching staff, family members of the children participating in the program, and community partners), and the development of consensus in the rating of each specific guideline or recommendation. The rating scale is designed as a self-assessment tool requiring open and honest conversations. The process can be personally satisfying for the individual team members involved and, with ongoing evaluation utilizing the rating scale, can lead to program success over time.  Download your copy of the PDF:

Early Childhood Environmental Education Programs: Guidelines for Excellence

Early Childhood Environmental Education Rating Scale

Green Ribbon Schools

Posted By Bora Simmons on 1/12/2012 2:23:51 PM |  Last Edited By Bora Simmons on 1/24/2012 2:30:59 PM
The US Department of Education initiated the Green Ribbon Schools program, with 30+ states participating.  2012 is a pilot year for the program that will recognize up to 50 schools across the country.  Each participating state, and the District of Columbia, can nominate up to four schools. Although each state department of education follows US Department of Education guidelines, states create their own program requirements and application form.

The US Department of Education lists useful resources for the Green Ribbon Schools program. We are proud to note that Excellence in Environmental Education: Guidelines for Learning (K-12) was identified as one of these resources.

We are also proud to note that a majority of the states are referencing Excellence in Environmental Education: Guidelines for Learning (K-12) in their application materials, encouraging schools to use the Guidelines as a tool for environmental literacy.  Department of Education application materials that include the Guidelines:

Washington, DC
Bureau of Indian Education (BIE)
California
Colorado
Florida
Idaho
Illinois
Iowa
Hawaii
Kansas
Kentucky
Louisiana
Maryland
Michigan
Minnesota
New Jersey
New York
Oregon
Pennsylvania
Virginia
Washington
West Virginia
Wisconsin

Download Your Copy of the Guidelines

Posted By Bora Simmons on 10/25/2011 5:46:28 PM |  Last Edited By Bora Simmons on 11/12/2011 10:52:54 PM
Download Your Copy of the Guidelines Each of the Guidelines is posted here as a PDF and available for free downloading. More information on each of the Guidelines is available under its topic.

Excellence in EE: Guidelines for Learning (K-12)

EE Materials: Guidelines for Excellence

Guidelines for the Preparation and Professional Development

Nonformal EE Programs: Guidelines for Excellence

Early Childhood EE Programs: Guidelines for Excellence
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