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Looking for insights on developing EE activities that lead to meaningful behavior change? Want to figure out which evaluation method will help increase the effectiveness of your program? NAAEE publications provide the targeted information you need to enhance your knowledge and skills as an environmental educator. As a member, you'll get a discount on these valuable resources.  

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A collection of resources and files produced by the Climate Change Environmental Education Professional Online Learning Community Alliance (POLCA), as part of the Professional Learning Communities of the EECapacity project.

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Environmental Issues Forums (EIF) is an NAAEE initiative designed to promote meaningful, productive deliberation about difficult issues that affect the environment and communities. This middle school level teacher's guide provides an introduction to the EIF issue guide Climate Choices: How Should We Meet the Challenges of a Warming Planet? Using Climate Choices offers an opportunity for teachers and students to use a deliberative process to consider our climate choices. This resource provides background information on deliberation, how to use Climate Choices in the classroom, and material to help teachers moderate a forum with students. It also includes resources on teaching about climate change issues.

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Environmental Issues Forums (EIF) is an NAAEE initiative designed to promote meaningful, productive deliberation about difficult issues that affect the environment and communities. This high school level teacher's guide provides an introduction to the EIF issue guide Climate Choices: How Should We Meet the Challenges of a Warming Planet? Using Climate Choices offers an opportunity for teachers and students to use a deliberative process to consider our climate choices. This resource provides background information on deliberation, how to use Climate Choices in the classroom, and material to help teachers moderate a forum with students. It also includes resources on teaching about climate change issues. For more about Environmental Issues Forums (EIF), visit naaee.org/eif

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Climate change is not only an environmental problem. It is also a public-health issue, a threat to national security, and an economic challenge of considerable magnitude. Only recently has the public debate shifted away from weighing the evidence to asking what we should do about our changing climate and the effects that are beginning to be felt. This issue guide is designed to promote meaningful, productive discussions, convened locally and online, about difficult issues that affect the environment and communities. The Climate Choices issue guide was prepared for the National Issues Forums Institute in collaboration with the Kettering Foundation and the North American Association for Environmental Education. The Environment and Society Series is designed to promote meaningful, productive deliberation, convened locally and online, about difficult issues that affect the environment and communities.

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Moderator Endorsed: Guidelines for Excellence

Community Engagement: Guidelines for Excellence describes five key characteristics of effective community engagement. Case studies, drawn from the field of environmental education, are also included to illustrate how key ideas can be implemented.

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NAAEE has partnered with the Children & Nature Network, researchers at the University of Minnesota, and the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign to launch the Science of Nature-Based Learning Collaborative Research Network. Funded by the National Science Foundation, the Network seeks to synthesize the existing research and conduct exploratory studies on what approaches to nature-based learning work, for whom, how, and under what circumstances. To begin this process, NAAEE worked with C&NN to distribute a survey among its networks to help us understand how environmental educators are connecting children to nature, and how new research in the field can support what you do. This is an executive summary of the survey and its results.

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Moderator Endorsed: Early Childhood EE

Building off of NAAEE’s Early Childhood Environmental Education Programs: Guidelines for Excellence, the Early Childhood Environmental Education Rating Scale is an evaluation tool designed to assist programs in improving their environmental education curriculum.

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On December 10, 2015, President Obama signed the bipartisan Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) into law, reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (formerly, No Child Left Behind). This fact sheet outlines language within the ESSA supporting EE and next steps for strengthening federal support for EE.

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EE Toolkit: Approaching Environmental Issues in the Classroom, Defining EE, Designing Effective Workshops, Evaluating EE Materials, Integrating EE Into School Curriculum, Urban EE, Using Community Resources

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Moderator Endorsed: Research & Evaluation

Whether you’re a program developer, evaluator, researcher, or funder, eeRESEARCH can help you find resources to support your work and improve practice! Browse more than 1,000 research summaries and syntheses, or use a variety of tools to narrow your search to the topics, authors, or focus areas that interest you.

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NAAEE is partnering with Stanford University and other respected organizations to demonstrate the impact and value of environmental education by substantiating powerful anecdotes from across the field with empirical evidence. Find out more about what the literature says broadly regarding the benefits of EE for K-12 students, and download the Executive Summary & Key Findings to share these findings or support your work.

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NAAEE is partnering with Stanford University and other respected organizations to demonstrate the impact and value of environmental education by substantiating powerful anecdotes from across the field with empirical evidence. We are conducting comprehensive literature reviews that demonstrate the impact of EE on key outcome areas and developing communication tools based on these reviews for the field, and our first outcome area is finished! Find out more about what the literature says broadly regarding the benefits of EE for K-12 students, and download the communication tools to share these findings or support your work.

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Environmental Issues Forums (EIF) is an NAAEE initiative designed to promote meaningful, productive deliberation about difficult issues that affect the environment and communities. This high school level teacher's guide provides an introduction to the EIF issue guide Energy Choices: What Should We Do About America's Energy Future? Using Energy Choices offers an opportunity for teachers and students to use a deliberative process to consider our energy choices. This resource provides background information on deliberation, how to use Energy Choices in the classroom, and material to help teachers moderate a forum with students. It also includes resources on teaching about energy issues. For more about Environmental Issues Forums (EIF), visit naaee.ore/eif

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Environmental Issues Forums (EIF) is an NAAEE initiative designed to promote meaningful, productive deliberation about difficult issues that affect the environment and communities. This middle school level teacher's guide provides an introduction to the EIF issue guide Energy Choices: What Should We Do About America's Energy Future? Using Energy Choices offers an opportunity for teachers and students to use a deliberative process to consider our energy choices. This resource provides background information on deliberation, how to use Energy Choices in the classroom, and material to help teachers moderate a forum with students. It also includes resources on teaching about energy issue. For more about Environmental Issues Forums (EIF), visit naaee.org/eif

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Meeting the United States’ substantial appetite for energy raises a complex network of economic, environmental, and political issues. There are national-security and economic concerns, environmental problems like air and water pollution, and potential climate-change effects from fossil fuels, such as extreme weather, sea- level rise, and changing growing seasons. How can we help our communities think through these issues? This issue guide was prepared for the National Issues Forums Institute in collaboration with the Kettering Foundation and the North American Association for Environmental Education. The Environment and Society Series is designed to promote meaningful, productive deliberation, convened locally and online, about difficult issues that affect the environment and communities.

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Environmental Education in Latino Communities: Sharing Experiences is a collection of the exciting work taking place in Latino communities and aims to inspire environmental educators, institutions, and community leaders to develop activities and environmental education programs contextualized to the needs, resources, and objectives of the communities that they serve.

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The Environmental Education Research Bulletin (EERB) is a collaborative project with ChangeScale, NAAEE, and Dr. Nicole Ardoin at Stanford University. The research bulletins synthesize and summarize recently reported research from journals focused on issues pertaining to environmental educators. The bulletins include articles related to environmental education evaluation, sense of place, environmental behavior, teaching practices, and professional development, among other relevant topics. Issue 10 is now available!

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We're excited to announce the release of the latest Environmental Education Research Bulletin, which is a collaborative project with ChangeScale, NAAEE, and Dr. Nicole Ardoin at Stanford University. The research bulletins synthesize and summarize recently reported research from journals focused on issues pertaining to environmental educators. The bulletins include articles related to environmental education evaluation, sense of place, environmental behavior, teaching practices, and professional development, among other relevant topics.

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Do you teach environmental education at the college or university level? Are you responsible for delivering staff development? Learn how to get started creating professional development workshops focused on each of the five Guidelines for Excellence publications.

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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.

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How environmental education is conceptualized and implemented in elementary and secondary schools is critical if we are to meet our ultimate goal of environmental literacy. When all of the cross-references between the national standards and the environmental literacy framework as articulated in the Guidelines for Learning (K-12) are taken together, distinct patterns emerge. Learn more.

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NAAEE Accreditation formally recognizes high quality college and university programs that consistently prepare well–qualified environmental educators who possess the understanding, skills, and dispositions associated with environmental literacy, as well as the ability to apply them in their educational practices. For more information about the Accreditation process, visit https://naaee.org/our-work/programs/higher-education-accreditation

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NAAEE was a member of NCATE, now called CAEP, from 2002-2013. NAAEE Standards for the Initial Preparation of Environmental Educators were approved in 2007. NAAEE is no longer a member of NCATE. From this page you can download the standards as well as forms and instructions for program reporting, and reviewer rubrics that were used at the time.

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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 this second review draft. We invite you to review this draft and provide comments that will be used in the revision process.

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Moderator Endorsed: Higher Education

In 2014, NAAEE and the Kettering Foundation renewed their partnership to develop the Environmental Issues Forums (EIF). EIF has involved educators from across the nation in the development and testing of issue guides and other materials. This publication documents, through a series of case studies, the journeys taken by these educators. They report on the process of developing locally relevant EIF materials, reflect on their experiences holding forums for a variety of audiences, and report assessment results.

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List of Environmental Education Webinars

July 10, 2018

The Environmental Education Alliance of Georgia hosts a comprehensive list of EE-related webinar...

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Climate Change Interactives

June 20, 2018

This resource allows users to enter their location and see some of the direct local effects climate...

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Introducing NAAEE's Guidelines for...

May 2, 2017

National Project for Excellence in EE’s Director Bora Simmons, and NAAEE Guidelines Writing Team...

Moderator Endorsed: Guidelines for Excellence
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Community Engagement: Guidelines for Excellence

April 26, 2017

Community Engagement: Guidelines for Excellence describes five key characteristics of effective...

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NAAEE Accreditation: Distinguished College and...

January 10, 2017

NAAEE Accreditation formally recognizes high quality college and university programs that...

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Guidelines for Excellence Workshop Resources

January 4, 2017

Do you teach environmental education at a college or university? Are you responsible for designing...