Guidelines for Excellence
The Guidelines for Excellence is a series of materials that helps environmental educators hone their practice and programs to national standards for high-quality environmental education programming. Developed by the North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE), the Guidelines document the collective wisdom of hundreds of educators across our nation; these guides are updated periodically to reflect new research, changing best practices, and an increasing attention to equity and inclusion.
Workshops focus on one or more of the Guidelines publications:
K-12 Environmental Education
Professional Development of Environmental Educators
Environmental Education Materials
Nonformal Environmental Education Programs
Early Childhood Environmental Education Programs
For those pursuing EE Certification in North Carolina managed by our partners at the NC Office of Environmental Education and Public Affairs, these workshops qualify for Criteria I/continuing education credit. You make take multiple Guidelines workshops for credit, so long as each workshop focuses on a different Guidelines publication.
Upcoming Courses & Workshops
- Mar 27, 2024, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PMOnline CourseFour-part course from EENC partner organization Outdoor Learning Store for educators featuring guided conversations, activities and discussion with the author, practical activities for you to try and get feedback on, and community building with other educators. Register on their website.
- Apr 20, 2024, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PMAsheville, 100 Frederick Law Olmsted Way, Asheville, NC 28806, USAThe BEETLES learning sessions are active experiences crafted to encourage instructors to look at specific aspects of research-based science pedagogy and to inspire shifts in instructors’ thinking about their own teaching and learning.
- May 01, 2024, 8:00 AM – May 17, 2024, 5:00 PMOnline CourseHelps practitioners create inclusive and age-appropriate learning experiences, gain group management skills, practice teaching methods to promote inquiry, and gain skills in designing objectives, lessons, and assessments for EE programs using NC Essential Standards as a foundation.
About our Events
Throughout the year, EENC offers regional section events across the state. These events vary greatly in length, topic, and format - but their goal is the same: to bring local environmental educators together! Some events might be more recreational in nature, like kayaking or a group hike. Others may be more social, like brewery/film screening meet-up or cookouts. Still others may be more content-driven, like a guided wildflower walk or teaching strategies seminar. We've also hosted book-clubs, behind-the-scenes tours, and family-friendly gatherings.
North Carolina is a large state. EENC provides virtual opportunities so that educators from Murphy to Manteo to gather together, to learn with and from one another. EENC currently hosts monthly webinars on the third Thursday of the month. We invite presenters to share their expertise and experience about hot topics impacting our EE community. If you are interested in presenting a webinar, contact the Program Coordinator. All webinars are free for participants. Recordings are sent to all participants afterward.
Community calls are a great chance to share what you're thinking, listen to what others are planning, ask questions of one another, and feel a sense of community. These drop-in interactive calls provide virtual opportunities to engage with your peers throughout the year. Some calls have specific themes for target audiences, while others are more general. We don't have the answers, but we're hoping that together, we can create solutions!
EVENTS FROM OUR PARTNERS
EENC is an Affiliate co-host of the NAAEE Monthly Webinar Series, an Outdoor Learning Store workshop partner, and a Green Teacher Webinar partner. You can find many of EENC's signature and partnered events listed on Facebook. Looking for additional professional development? There are a wide variety of environmental education organizations that offer professional development for North Carolina's EE community.
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