Colorado's Advancing Environmental Education Conference
Friday, March 10-Saturday, March 11, 2017
Auraria Campus in Denver
Presenters help the Colorado Alliance for Environmental Education (CAEE) explore, elevate and spark environmental education by presenting at the annual Advancing Environmental Education Conference (formerly Teaching Outside the Box). The conference offers a variety of sessions, inspiring speakers, and many opportunities for networking and discovering new ideas, tools and techniques. Click here to learn more about the overall conference.
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Environmental education occurs in many forms by a variety of environmental education (EE) providers and supporters, including formal educators (pre-service teachers, in classrooms, school districts, higher ed), non-formal educators (nature centers, parks, non-profits, youth groups, state agencies, community groups, etc.), as well as other sectors (business, consultants, media, etc).
The 2017 conference theme is "Inspiring Connections and Expanding Reach." CAEE seeks session proposals that highlight environmental education approaches from a variety of backgrounds, sectors, focus areas, and experience levels, and in particular the connections between environmental education research, practices and collaborations that offer tangible takeaways for participants.
TRACKS, STRANDS & TOPICS: The 2016 annual conference had session strands and tracks to encourage a more broad and inclusive representation of environmental education innovation, research, approaches and resources. Session presentation formats included traditional presentations, hands-on, workshops, roundtable discussions, panels, and lightning presentations that were intended for different knowledge and experience levels (click here for more information on session formats).
Session tracks are based on the conference theme of research, practices and collaborations.
Session strands and example topics are listed below:
Investigating Environmental and Water Issues and Opportunities (water, fire, flooding, climate change, energy, pollution, overpopulation, etc. The Colorado Foundation for Water Education's Water Education Network will help curate and promote water related sessions.)
Connecting People with Nature (EE programs/practices, hands-on learning, citizen science, stewardship, sustainability, arts, technology, winter EE, wildlife, place based education, early childhood EE, food/agriculture, behavior change, lifelong learning, urban/rural community approaches etc.)
EE with Higher Education (environmental education/literacy incorporated into preservice teacher curriculum and PreK-12 and Higher Education, including academic standards, curriculum, student achievement, interdisciplinary approaches, projects, extracurricular activities, school grounds, buildings, healthy environments, STEM, homeschooling, and collaborations among schools/universities, EE providers, families, communities, etc.)
Cultivating Environmental Leaders (youth engagement, leadership and professional development (youth/adults), moving forward EE career paths, etc.)
Inclusive Environmental Education (environmental justice, cultural competency, inclusivity/equity practices, engaging diverse audiences/communities (i.e. ethnicity, language, age, gender, ability level, socioeconomic status, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, etc.)
Developing Capacity & Collaborations (organizational infrastructure, management, fundraising, evaluation, advocacy, messaging/marketing, volunteers, community outreach, developing and expanding alliances, collaborations, networks, etc.)
Innovation in EE (innovative ideas, pushing boundaries, breaking barriers, finding new ground, etc.)
Connection to Higher Education: In addition, CAEE is partnering with the University of Colorado,Denver-Department of Geography and Environmental Science. We are seeking sessions related to the focus of the departments and applicable to higher education students, professors and administrators.
Please read through the information included on this webpage prior to submitting a proposal.
- PREPARING YOUR SESSION PROPOSAL PRIOR TO SUBMITTING ONLINE: To submit your online application, it may be helpful to prepare the information for your session in a word document in advance and copy your responses into the online form in case the form times out or shuts down.
SUBMITTING MULTIPLE PROPOSALS: If submitting more than one proposal, please submit them as separate submissions through the online form.
CONFERENCE REGISTRATION REQUIRED: CAEE strongly considers proposals from presenters that plan to participate and engage in the conference experience in addition to their presentation. We expect presenters/co-presenters to register and pay to attend the overall conference event. CAEE will offer a free one-year individual membership to accepted presenters, which will provide discounts on conference registration. Free memberships will be processed after you are confirmed as a presenter prior to to registration. To finalize confirmation of presenters, CAEE will require presenters to register for the conference by January 30, in order to ensure session listing accuracy for the conference booklet and to ensure early bird discounted pricing for presenters.
SESSION PREFERENCES: CAEE will do its best to accommodate your time and session format preferences, however, you may not receive your top preference. If you have very specific considerations or requests, please be sure to note them in your application.
SESSION SELECTION & DESCRIPTIONS/FORMAT: Proposals will be reviewed and selected by CAEE staff and the conference committee. CAEE and the conference committee reserves the right to revise session descriptions for the purposes of grammatical corrections, content clarification and to maintain the 40 word limit for the conference booklet. CAEE may contact presenters about developing new sessions using a combination of multiple received proposals/presenters.
SCHOLARSHIPS: Limited scholarships are available for conference attendees. An online scholarship application is coming soon. Click here for more information.
SESSION FORMAT: This year the conference offers the following session formats. A brief description of the different formats is included below. Please consider how to best present your session so that the participants feel engaged and come away with new ideas and useful takeaways.
Sessions: These can be a traditional presentation focusing on a single topic, program, resource, etc. followed by a short discussion with attendees and/or include hands-on activities providing attendees with an opportunity to interactively learn and engage in activities and discussions that provide tangible ideas, practices and resources to use. These sessions will be scheduled during concurrent session times on both Friday and Saturday in 1 hour, 1.5 hour. A few 2 hour hands-on interactive workshop time slots will be offered on Saturday afternoon from 2-4pm.
Roundtable Discussions/Activities: These are informal sessions that allow for in-depth conversation or quick activity idea sharing where attendees may join and leave throughout the time period. For discussion roundtables, presenters start the discussion by sharing information about the topic/question they wish to explore and then open discussion for input and exchange of ideas. Activity Roundtables allow presenters to share innovative and interactive short activities or ways to teach about a given topic/concept. Roundtables will only occur on Friday during the lunch hour and multiple roundtables may occur simultaneously in one large room.
SESSION ROOM SETUP:
Each session room will have a projector, screen, and dry ease board. You are responsible for bringing a laptop and any specific materials you need.
The majority of rooms will have chair with attached desks in rows that can be moved around. There may be some rooms with a classroom setup of tables and chairs- you can request this specifically in the proposal form.
- Outdoor space will also be available and can be requested in the proposal form.
Conference and Awards Banquet Events: Colorado's Advancing Environmental Education Conference and Awards for Excellence in Environmental Education Banquet will be held together. Click here to learn more about awards.
Registration: Online 2017 conference registration will be available by Fall 2016.
Interested in Sponsoring the Conference? Click here for more information. Sponsorship requests will be due in mid-February.
Interested in Exhibiting at the Conference? Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org Online information will be available soon.
Other conference information is currently being updated and will be available on the main conference webpage (see left hand sidebar for specific conference components.)