Best Practices for EE

The National Project for Excellence in Environmental Education

The Colorado Alliance for Environmental Education has adopted the National Project for Excellence in Environmental Education as standards for high-quality environmental education and a guide towards best practices.

The National Project for Excellence in Environmental Education was initiated by the North American Association for Environmental Education in 1993. Each of these publications was developed by a diverse team of professionals, and each has gone through a substantive review by thousands of professionals prior to its publication.

The National Project for Excellence in Environmental Education resources consist of the following:

1. Environmental Education Materials: Guidelines for Excellence, a set of recommendations for developing and selecting environmental education instructional materials, and a companion publication, Environmental Education Materials: Guidelines for Excellence - The Workbook, which leads educators, step by step, through the process of using the Environmental Education Materials: Guidelines for Excellence.

2. Excellence in Environmental Education: Guidelines for Learning (K-12),and its companion piece, the Excellence in Environmental Education: Guidelines for Learning (K-12) - Executive Summary & Self Assessment Tool, developed to support state and local environmental education efforts by setting expectations for performance and achievement in grades 4, 8, and 12.

3. Guidelines for the Preparation and Professional Development of Environmental Educators, a set of recommendations for the preparation and continuing education of teachers and other environmental educators.

4. Nonformal Environmental Education Programs: Guidelines for Excellence, a set of recommendations for the design and implementation of comprehensive nonformal environmental education programs.

5. Early Childhood Environmental Education Programs: Guidelines for Excellence, a set of recommendations to be used in the development of comprehensive early childhood environmental education programs or to trigger improvements in existing ones.

6. The Guidelines Trainers' Bureau, environmental educators who are able to give presentations to a variety of audiences on the Guidelines and how they can be used. A set of training materials are available for members of the Guidelines Trainers' Bureau.

7. Adopt the Guidelines, an initiative to encourage organizations and agencies to promote and use the Guidelines.

The National Project for Excellence in Environmental Education has received funding from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency through the Environmental Education and Training Partnership (EETAP) and the U.S. Forest Service, plus the National Environmental Education and Training Foundation, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, University of Oregon, Northern Illinois University, and World Wildlife Fund. For more information visit http://eelinked.naaee.net/n/guidelines/topics

CAEE works to ensure everyone in Colorado has an opportunity to learn about the environment where they live. We value inclusiveness and welcome everyone to the field of environmental education.

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