Presenters help the Colorado Alliance for Environmental Education (CAEE) explore, elevate and spark environmental education by sharing new ideas, research, successful strategies, and more. 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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- Conference Theme, Tracks, Strands & Topics
- Important Information about Submitting a Proposal
- Session Times & Formats
- Other Conference Information
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).
We will be celebrating our 20th annual conference in 2020. 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.
STRANDS & TOPICS:
The 2020 annual conference will feature 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 Strands and Example Topics:
Conservation - Focus on increasing environmental knowledge, improving environmental awareness and attitudes and inspiring positive actions to lead to improvements in environmental issues including water, fire, flooding, climate change, energy, pollution, overpopulation, etc.
Connecting People to Nature/Health and Wellness - Focus on increasing people’s connection to the outdoors to ensure physical, mental, emotional and social health. Topics could include health and wellness connected to outdoor experiences, understanding of personal and environmental health, hands-on learning, place based education, food/agriculture, behavior change, lifelong learning, urban/rural community approaches, etc.)
Education - Focus on improving academic performance, including greater STEM literacy, increased school engagement for students; programs that support teacher professional development and direct improvement of school grounds and other learning spaces. Topics could include 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.)
Youth Development - Focus on guiding young people as they grow into responsible, engaged citizens that care for the environment and their communities. Topics may include professional, leadership, or character development through outdoor experiences or community service, youth engagement, moving forward EE career paths, etc.)
Social Justice - Focus on providing access and opportunity for underserved communities and underrepresented populations including increased access to outdoor experiences, improved urban green space, and the development and support of environmental educators and leaders from traditionally underrepresented groups. Topics could include 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.)
Skills and Professional Learning - Focus on building skills and capacity of professionals within the EE community. Topics may include organizational infrastructure, management, fundraising, evaluation, advocacy, messaging/marketing, volunteers, community outreach, developing and expanding alliances, collaborations, networks, etc.
Proposals due by October 31st
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. To finalize confirmation of presenters, CAEE will require presenters to register for the conference by February 2, 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.
Presenters must register for the conference: Register by February 2, 2020.
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.
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:
You are responsible for bringing a laptop and any specific materials you need.
The majority of rooms will have tables and chairs that can be moved around.
- Outdoor space will also be available and can be requested in the proposal form.
Registration: Online 2020 conference registration will be available in October 2019.
Interested in Sponsoring the Conference? Click here for more information. Sponsorship requests will be due January 24, 2020.
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Other conference information is currently being updated and will be available on the main conference webpage (see left hand sidebar for specific conference components.)