The Collaborative works to advance EE by assisting school districts in obtaining funding from the ESSA, forming partnerships between school districts and EE organizations, and sharing model programs in school districts to learn from each other.
Why Environmental Education?
- Increases student engagement and enthusiasm for learning
- Reduces discipline and classroom management problems
- Supports state and national education standards
- Teaches students to solve real-world problems
- Improves academic achievement
- Improves students’ health
- Supports STEM and meets 21t century needs
- Cultivates leadership qualities
- Improves focus and cognition
Environmental education (EE) is a process that helps individuals, communities, and organizations learn more about the environment, and develop skills and understanding about how to address global challenges. It has the power to transform lives and society. It informs and inspires. It influences attitudes. It motivates action. EE focuses on the importance of experiential, interdisciplinary education, and helping all learners develop problem-solving and decision-making skills. In K-12 settings, the local environment is a powerful context for learning across the curriculum.
There is a need for the collaborative because:
- Federal funding is timely
- The collaborative connects superintendents to the EE community
- EE enhances environmental literacy
- Environmental issues will dominate future challenges and opportunities
- EE bolsters STEM learning and prepares students for the 21st Century workforce
Over the past half century, real progress has been made in increasing the environmental literacy of the general public and leveraging that literacy into action. At the same time, school administrators have made great strides in improving the sustainability of schools and school districts.
This progress has not reached all communities equally. Not every school district has adopted environmental education literacy frameworks and or sustainability initiatives. There is a great opportunity to unify the work that is currently going on in schools – the work to engage teachers and students in learning about the environment, on the one hand, and the work to engage administrators in improving the environmental performance of schools, on the other. SEEC provides a means of sharing and highlighting success stories to inspire others to create their own EE efforts.
How does the collaborative work?
We work to advance EE by:
- Assisting school districts in obtaining funding from the ESSA
- Forming partnerships between school districts and EE organizations
- Sharing model programs in school districts to learn from each other
Join the collaborative to learn about school districts across the country and their efforts in environmental literacy, to access resources from partners, and learn about funding and grant opportunities. Membership is open to all school superintendents.