National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Photo Credit: Gerry Ellis
Photo Credit: Gerry Ellis

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Office of Education and NAAEE have a 5-year partnership in place to increase environmental and science literacy among NOAA’s partners and external networks. 

Education plays a significant role in supporting NOAA’s mission. The Office of Education coordinates activities across the agency and supports the integration of NOAA science into education programs. Through this partnership, NOAA and NAAEE aim to create a more environmentally literate society that has the knowledge, skills, and motivation to conserve our natural resources and build more resilient communities across the country. NAAEE helps NOAA strengthen professional networks, disseminate best practices, support high-quality STEM education, and provide education and outreach for educators and other target audiences. 

NOAA and NAAEE have worked together for many years, including the work to develop a comprehensive, research-based framework for assessing environmental literacy. By bringing together, for the first time, experts in research, assessment, and evaluation from the fields of science education, environmental education, and related social science fields, this NOAA and NAAEE built this work on the literature and the insights of many disciplines.

With the valued support of NOAA, NAAEE worked with the leaders of the only two large-scale assessments of environmental literacy used in the U.S. to date (Programme for International Student Assessment [PISA] and the National Environmental Literacy Assessment [NELA]) to produce an Environmental Literacy Framework for measuring the extent to which we can equip all learners with the knowledge and skills to make informed decisions and engage in concerted conservation behaviors.

NOAA is also a sponsor of the NAAEE Annual Conference



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