eeCourse: Community Engagement in Environmental Education (summer 2023)
This self-paced course is designed to introduce you to NAAEE’s Community Engagement: Guidelines for Excellence. This set of guidelines focuses on community wellness and is designed to help environmental educators create inclusive environments that support effective partnerships and collaborations.
This is an 8-week course designed to require 12-15 hours of active participation and work and is made up of 8 modules including:
- Module 1: Introduction to the Community Engagement Guidelines
- Module 2: Community Centered - Understand Your Community
- Module 3: Community Centered - Connecting EE with Community Needs
- Module 4: Sound Environmental Education Principles
- Module 5: Collaborative and Inclusive
- Module 6: Oriented Toward Capacity Building and Civic Action
- Module 7: A Long-Term Investment in Change
- Module 8: Putting it All Together - Submit a final Community Environmental Education Action Plan Proposal
Through these modules, participants will be able to:
- Define community; describe and implement different ways to get to know communities in your geographic region; explain how environmental education efforts can be connected to community well being; determine if your proposed environmental education program would be appropriate for your chosen community; clarify what assets and resources are available in your community to complete a community environmental education project action plan; list partners and venues you may be able to work with who might not immediately come to mind when planning your community engagement work
- Describe how environmental education practices can be built on interests, issues and setting familiar to the community; explain how to facilitate broad accessibility with respect to their environmental education practices; describe appropriate instructional strategies; describe how to select effective educational materials; identify easy to match environmental education engagement strategies to the interests and issues of your community.
- Explain how to build coalitions and partnerships strategically; describe how to incorporate diversity, equity and inclusion; explain how to incorporate collaborative planning designs into your work; list and explain factors that will help you to learn from and resolve conflict.
- Describe communication and social change approaches that integrate well with environmental education; list possible avenues for supporting and building community capacity; determine a variety of ways that you and your organization promote community action
- Assess your readiness for community engagement; identify strategies to assess your organization’s readiness for community engagement; describe methods to help partners and stakeholders build their capacity for community engagement; list techniques to evaluate your CEEAP that can lead to adaptations needed for ongoing community engagement; assess needed resources for long term viability of community engagement
Although learning is self paced, there is a suggested timeline of completing half of the course by midterm.
Supervisors interested in enrolling multiple staff can receive a discount of one free registration for every three registrations! Email Lisa Eadens at lisaeade[email protected] for more details and to receive a registration code.
Registration for Summer 2023 will be open through June 14, 2023. Coursework opens June 19 and all work must be completed by August 19, 2023.
June 19th, 2023 9:00 AM to August 11th, 2023 5:00 PM
Denver, CO 80203
Denver, CO 80203
Email: [email protected]