Promoting Professional Development and Best Practice in EE
ee360 is an ambitious five-year initiative that supports a diverse cadre of environmental education leaders to increase environmental literacy for everyone, everywhere. NAAEE leads the initiative through a cooperative agreement with U.S. EPA and seven partner organizations.
NAAEE is strengthening the field, advancing environmental literacy, and building a more inclusive movement that we hope will have both short- and long-term impacts. Together with our partners and advisors, NAAEE is bringing more than four decades of expertise to our effort to grow, strengthen, and diversify the field of environmental education.
ee360 builds on 25 years of U.S. EPA’s long-standing commitment to support a nationwide effort to strengthen the field and support professional development. This effort supports innovative leaders in the environmental education field through leadership training, state-of-the-art education materials and research, networking opportunities, and an online hub where educators can share new approaches and best practices.
ee360 is powered by collaboration. Keep reading below to learn more about our work, sign up for eePRO, take part in local training opportunities, and be a part of this exciting initiative.
VISION: An environmentally literate and engaged public is building more resilient communities resulting in a healthier, more sustainable future for all.
MISSION: To train a cadre of culturally diverse education professionals who have the knowledge, skills, and tools needed to deliver high-quality environmental education in formal and non-formal settings and to strengthen the environmental education field so it can sustain these efforts over the long-term.
GOAL 1. Driving Educator Excellence
A diverse cadre of pre-service students, faculty, in-service educators, leaders, and trainers is more environmentally literate and better prepared to be effective environmental educators.
GOAL 2. Cultivating Collective Impact
An inclusive, dynamic, and robust environmental education field with the structures and programs needed to sustain high-quality environmental education over the long-term at the state, regional, and national levels.
GOAL 3. Mobilizing Access to High-Quality Resources and Networks
Greater usability and access to quality EE resources and reduced duplication of effort through increased coordination and collaboration among institutions and agencies.
GOAL 4. Maintaining Project Excellence through Evaluation, Communication, and Management
A well-managed program, guided by expert advisors and supported by a communication strategy, adaptive management strategy, and input from a rigorous and independent evaluation.
U.S. EPA's Office of Environmental Education established the Environmental Education and Training Program as provided for under Section 5 of the National Environmental Education Act (1990). U.S. EPA initiated the program in 1992 with a three-year cooperative agreement to a consortium of universities and nonprofit organizations headed by the University of Michigan, titled the National Consortium for Environmental Education and Training (NCEET). Under this phase of the program, the consortium supported K-12 in-service teacher training by developing resource materials, establishing an electronic database of EE information and materials, and conducting training workshops.
In September 1995, EPA initiated a second phase of the program with an award to the North American Association of Environmental Education. The consortium built upon the work initiated by the University of Michigan. The program focused on delivering training to education professionals through existing programs; improving access to quality EE materials by expanding linkages between databases, developing and disseminating the Guidelines for Excellence; and sustaining long-term training efforts by strengthening partnerships and building capacity to deliver comprehensive EE programs at the state and local level. This program was called the Environmental Education and Training Partnership (EETAP).
The award to the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point in September 2000 was the third phase of U.S. EPA's EE and Training Program. This phase focused on educator training, strategic initiatives such as the National Guidelines for Excellence in EE, accreditation, certification, and continuation and enhancement of efforts such as EE-Link. This program was also called Environmental Education and Training Partnership (EETAP2).
The fourth phase of the National EE and Training Program was awarded to the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point in 2005 and is known as the third Environmental Education and Training Partnership (EETAP3). Phase four continued educator training, EE-Link, and strategic initiatives started under EETAP2. In addition, new initiatives to work with tribal communities and conservation practitioners were added.
In 2011, U.S. EPA awarded the fifth phase of its National Training Program known as the Expanding Capacity in Environmental Education (EECapacity) project to Cornell University's Civic Ecology Lab. Cornell’s work focused on not only expanding, but diversifying, the field of EE. A major component also included researching what works in EE, which looked at how diverse groups of educators, given opportunities to share practices and ideas, develop innovative environmental education practices.
The sixth phase, known as ee360, was awarded to NAAEE in 2016.
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