Help us review draft K-12 Environmental Education: Guidelines for Excellence

Moderator Endorsed: Guidelines for Excellence
Moderator Endorsed: Guidelines for Excellence

We need your help and input!!!

The K-12 EE Guidelines for Excellence were first published in 1999 and have been updated about every five years since then. We are in the process of revising these guidelines once again. The process is iterative. Our writing team developed a first draft. We invite you to review this draft and provide comments that will be used in the revision process.

K-12 Environmental Education: Guidelines for Excellence provides students, parents, caregivers, educators, home schoolers, administrators, policy makers, and the public a set of common, voluntary guidelines for environmental education. The guidelines support national, state/provincial, tribal and local environmental education efforts by setting expectations for performance and achievement in fourth (age 10), eighth (age 14), and twelfth grades (age 18) and by suggesting a learning framework for effective and comprehensive environmental education programs and curricula.

How the Draft Guidelines are Organized:

The Introduction offers a vision of environmental education that makes sense within the formal education system and promotes progress toward sustaining a healthy environment and quality of life.

High School Level

  • The guidelines are organized into four strands, each of which represents a broad aspect of environmental education and its goal of environmental literacy.
  • Nested under each strand are guidelines that support that strand, describing an age appropriate level of skill or knowledge.
  • Sample performance indicators (the bullet points) illustrate how mastery of each guideline might be demonstrated. It must be emphasized that these performance indicators are only samples and are meant to provide imagery. They are not a comprehensive list.

In future drafts, guidelines will be suggested for each of three grade levels—fourth (age 10), eighth (age 14), and twelfth (age 18).

How You Can Help:

  • Review the draft (ATTACHED Word document)
  • Use track changes or embed your comments in the draft (please use a contrasting color so your comments can be found easily)
  • Complete the response form (ATTACHED Word document) and
  • Email your comments to by November 20, 2017.  

Please feel free to let others know about the opportunity to comment.

Thank you in advance for your work.  Your participation is essential to the process. 

Please return comments by November 20, 2017 to: