In response to setting new directions for in-person forums during our current climate, several National Issues Forums (NIF) partners have successfully convened virtual face-to-face forums using the Zoom platform. We are happy to be able to share their experiences and some materials and tips about convening a deliberative face-to-face online forum using a platform like Zoom.
The Promise of Civic Engagement in Environmental Issues is a draft, discussion paper. Through this paper, NAAEE and its partners are seeking a deeper understanding of how environmental education can support and complement initiatives that are geared more broadly toward educating for civic agency, capacity, and participation. Articulating environmental education’s role in civic learning and engagement requires an examination of how environmental education practices intersect with and complement civic education. Similarly, articulating civic education’s role in engaging learners around environmental concerns requires an examination of how civic education practices intersect with and complement environmental education. Descriptions of audiences, instructional methods, and a proposed learning framework are all presented. The paper results from discussions held at the Learning from Each Other: Connecting Civic Engagement and Environmental Education Research Exchange cosponsored by the North American Association for Environmental Education and Kettering Foundation.
We welcome your comments and thoughts on how to improve the paper. We envision this as part of an on-going discussion of practice for both environmental educators and civic educators.
[Resources updated April 7] COVID-19: Events are being canceled. People are physically distancing. Confirmed cases are increasing. These are unprecedented times. Hopefully, this list of resources will help. I will continue to update it as time permits.
Specially supported early bird registrations to attend CWI's 2020 VIRTUAL Summer EAST Institute on Place Based Service-Learning and Sustainability. CWI's acclaimed Summer EAST Institute is a unique opportunity for deep learning, collaboration, and networking in a design lab atmosphere, with like minded K-16 and community based educators from across the U.S.
Date and Time:
Monday, August 10, 2020, 10:00am to Friday, August 14, 2020, 5:00pm
Special supported early bird registrations are available to attend CWI's 2020 Summer WEST Institute on Place Based Service-Learning and Sustainability. CWI's Institute is a unique opportunity for deep learning, collaboration, and networking in a design lab atmosphere, with like minded K-16 and community based educators from across the U.S.
Date and Time:
Monday, July 27, 2020, 8:00am to Friday, July 31, 2020, 3:00pm
Rural communities are hard hit by changes in weather and climate, but often left out of climate discussions. The Jefferson Center in St. Paul, MN, used a citizen jury model to create Rural Climate Dialogues, engaging rural residents with the resources and information they need to think critically about community issues and create sustainable solutions. Their recommendations address current community needs, and are presented to local, state, and national policymakers.
Earth Education leaders (administrators, practitioners, and researchers) have a profound responsibility to include the best of what is known about teaching and learning, Earth Science, and community engagement into their every day professions to ensure opportunities to foster real world change for learners and their communities.
When people gather with friends, neighbors, and fellow community members to deliberate on shared problems, they often report that they are exposed to ideas and perspectives they hadn’t previously entertained. They also often say that they leave the deliberative forums, not with completely changed minds, but “thinking differently” nonetheless. In this blog posting from the Kettering Foundation, read more about some of the reactions from participants in 25 online forums focusing on climate change choices.
From Stacie Molnar-Main - Shared by the National Issues Forums Institute
The introduction to deliberation webinar is now available as part of the Pennsylvania School Heath Spotlights series. It is designed to introduce teachers to promising practices that reinforce healthy and safe school climates, especially those using deliberation in the classroom. It is well grounded in k-12 teachers’ research.
Utilize western rivers to meet interdisciplinary academic standards creating relevant place based context for your students.
Monday - Friday, June 10-14, 2019
Western State Colorado University, Gunnison, Colorado
Date and Time:
Monday, June 10, 2019, 8:00am to Friday, June 14, 2019, 6:00pm
A new deliberative forum guide addressing the challenges of increasing demands on our nation's river developed using proven tools from the National Environmental Issues Forums, Kettering Foundation, and the National Issues Forums.
Our mission is to build a healthier and more equitable world through community science, open technology, and environmental justice. Public Lab is inviting educators to take part in our evolving Educator Community of Practice and allow their students to be knowledge-produces within a global network of DIY scientists, environmental activists, and experts.
Issue guides provide the overall framework for the deliberative discussion and help forum participants focus on alternative courses of action. Key to creating an issue guide is how it is framed - how the issue is defined and what alternative courses of actions are presented.
Here you will find some resources to help you name and frame your own issues for deliberation.
The Cathedral District, located in the urban core of Jacksonville, Florida is adjacent to the downtown business district. It offers a unique energy and atmosphere. Currently the residential population is less than 2,000 and there are few businesses. The thirty-six square block area is anchored by five historic Christian churches whose leaders are as committed to the city’s needs as they are to their worshiping members. Over the past 30 years the churches have served disadvantaged populations and created nonprofit organizations to serve children, women, families, and the homeless. Cathedral District-Jacksonville, Inc. became a Florida nonprofit organization in 2016 to address community needs.
There are three distinct challenges related to development of the Cathedral District. Each challenge requires creative thinking. Prioritizing how to take the best steps forward is the primary objective for bringing people together for dialogue. To the degree Cathedral District Jacksonville, Inc. can make progress on each of the challenges, those who, live, work, worship and visit the area will benefit.
Challenge 1 Focus on Alternative Parking Strategies
Challenge 2 Create a Walkable Environment
Challenge 3 Rally Community Willpower
This issue guide was written for Bradford County, Florida residents interested in deliberating choices regarding involvement in community planning and enhancement. The guide presents three areas to which residents can be actively engaged: relationship building, workforce development, and comprehensive planning.
The overarching questions for deliberation:
• What will it take for Starke and Bradford County residents to actively participate in local and regional democratic activity?
• How can all residents feel welcome in community decision-making?
• What will the impact of the new bypass be on the community?
• What should we do? What actions should be taken?
In partnership with the Kettering Foundation and the National Issues Forums Institute, NAAEE has been developing the Environmental Issues Forums program. NIFI recently published a forum moderator toolkit. We invite you to hold a forum on climate, water, energy, or food issues.
How to Get Started:
Visit naaee.org/eif to download issue guides and the Toolkit for conveners and moderators.
You can also convene an Online Forum Using the Common Ground for Action Platform or Join a Scheduled Online Forum
Please visit https://www.nifi.org/en/common-ground-action for more information about how to host, and view the schedule of online forums.