Ensure EE is Strong in Academic Standards

We have an opportunity in the coming month to support environmental education in PreK-12 schools through state academic standards.  The Colorado Department of Education is currently collecting feedback for revisions to Colorado’s current State Academic Standards.  A small group of CAEE’s Outreach and Communication Network gathered earlier this month to review the standards and provide recommendations.  While environmental education is already strongly represented within our current standards, we want to ensure the environmental education related content remains in the content and suggest opportunities for improvement.

We encourage all our members and EE supporters to submit comments to the Colorado Department of Education by November 27th to ensure that EE continues to be integrated throughout the standards.  As you consider your comments, look for opportunities to:


  1. Include more opportunities for connecting students with the natural world. Engaging students in environmental education will result in an excitement about science and nature. This opportunity should be consistent and available at all grade levels.
  2. Identify opportunities for students to form and evaluate personal views around the environment and environmental issues.
  3. Encourage opportunities for planning and taking action.
  4. Support the included content on Climate Change.
  5. Support the included content on human and environment interactions.

Download detailed recommendations for comment.

Watch CAEE's webinar on Process and Recommendations.


Thank you for using your voice to ensure to that environmental education continues to be represented in our state educational standards.  You can use the recommendations and review of the standards by the Communications and Outreach Network to make your comments and add additional thoughts and insights.  You can also comment on only a specific grade or subject area, where you have the most interest.


How to Comment through CDE

Standards Review and Revision Information:

Find more information at the Colorado Department of Education's Website at:  


Since May 2017, the Department has been supporting committees of Coloradans in a review of the Colorado Academic and English Language Proficiency Standards. State law requires a review and revision of the Colorado Academic Standards every six years with the first review to be completed on or before July 1, 2018.

Provide Your Feedback 

The first draft of proposed revisions to the Colorado Academic Standards (CAS) from the committees is now available for public comment. The proposed revisions are available in three formats:


· Online standards feedback system: The online standards feedback system allows you to review the proposed revisions embedded within the standards.


· Summary of proposed revisions: Summary documents for each content area allow you to review the substantive proposed revisions to the standards.


· Complete list of proposed revisions: Spreadsheets for each content area allow you to review each and every proposed revision and the committees' rationale.

The Department has launched four tools to gather public feedback on the standards review process, an online standards feedback system, and four content specific surveys.

You can also provide feedback on Colorado's Essential Skills.  Learn more at https://www.cde.state.co.us/standardsandinstruction/essentialskills.

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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