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Welcome to the Environmental Education Network Homepage.

Through this network page we hope to establish a forum for the exchange of ideas to further the cause of Environmental Education.

For any questions or concerns please email Imad Aoun at iaoun@forestfoundation.org

Project Learning Tree’s Environmental Education Newsletter Receives Award from the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development


Project Learning Tree’s quarterly newsletter, the Branch, received an award for Outstanding Achievement in Network Publications from the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.

The Branch received the award on behalf of ASCD’s Environmental Education Network for its outstanding editorial content and graphics. The award was presented to Kathy McGlauflin, Director of Project Learning Tree and Senior Vice President of Education with the American Forest Foundation, on March 14 at ASCD’s national conference in Orlando, FL.

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Project Learning Tree

Project Learning Tree® is an award winning, multi-disciplinary environmental education program for educators and students in PreK-grade 12. PLT, a program of the American Forest Foundation, is one of the most widely used environmental education programs in the United States and abroad. PLT continues to set the standard for environmental education excellence.

Learn more about PLT: www.PLT.org

Learn more about PLT's initiative to get students outside to learn, visit: www.learnoutside.org

View PLT's Quarterly Newsletter: www.plt.org/cms/pages/36_123_0.html

Read how PLT activities have increased student enrollment, community involvement and interest in EE
in Oil City Elementary Magnet School in Oil City, Louisiana: Nature Lessons >>

The Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD)

ASCD Position on Environmental Education

What is Environmental Education?

What do we want to accomplish within the EE Network?

What activities do we plan to undertake?

How can I join?

Links to Environmental Education Resources

ASCD Position on Environmental Education: Because people in developed nations are rapidly consuming Earth's natural resources and because the world population is increasing rapidly, human beings must take individual and social responsibility for the environment. Schools should provide environmental education.

What We Believe: Positions of the Association for Supervision and curriculum Development. Revised 2001. Alexandria, VA: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.

What is Environmental Education? The goal of environmental education is to develop a world population that is aware of, and concerned about, the environmental and its associated problems, and which has the knowledge, skills, attitudes, motivations, and commitment to work individually and collectively toward solutions of current problems and the prevention of new ones. (Belgrade Charter, 1976).

Further, environmental education is rooted in the belief that

•humans can live compatibly with nature,

•humans can act equitably toward each other,

•human well being is inextricably bound with environmental quality,

•we and the systems we create - our societies, political systems, economies, religions, cultures, technologies - impact the total environment,

•people can make informed decisions that consider future generations, and

•critical and creative thinking, decision making, and communication, as well as collaborative learning must be emphasized, and are essential for active and meaningful learning, both in school and over a lifetime.

Environmental education aims for a democratic society in which effective, environmentally literate citizens participate with creativity and responsibility.

What do we want to accomplish within the EE Network? The goals of the EE Network are to:

•Promote awareness and understanding of environmental education and its role in the formal education system.

•Provide a forum for members to network and discuss issues related to environmental education.

•Provide programming and resources for environmental education and play an advocacy role in support of environmental education.

•Promote environmental education as essential education.

What activities do we plan to undertake?

The EE Network will:

•Conduct a network forum at ASCD Annual Conferences.

•Provide members with current information through EE News, an internet-based newsletter produced by the North American Association for Environmental Education and EE-Link.

•Sponsor this web-page linking ASCD members to the environmental education community.

•Promote EE related activities held at ASCD Annual Conferences.

How can I join? Membership in the EE Network is open to all and free. You do not need to be a member of ASCD to become a member of the EE Network. However, at least half of the EE Network members need to be ASCD members. If you would like to become a member of the EE Network, please send an email to Imad Aoun at iaoun@forestfoundation.org. Please include your complete contact information and whether or not you are currently a member of ASCD. We are particularly interested in knowing what types of activities you think the EE Network should try to sponsor.

Environmental Education Resource links!

•ASCD January 2000 Education Update: EE Evolves

•ASCD August 2001 Infobrief: EE Moving into the Mainstream

ASCD Forum on EE and School Reform

On November 13, 2002, environmental educators gathered at the Smithsonian Center for Education and Museum Studies for a forum on environmental education (EE) and school reform. The forum presented environmental education as an efficient, effective, and enjoyable tool to improve schools and explored the challenges and opportunities presented by the new wave of school reform, in particular the federal No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB).

The forum included an overview from the head of a state department of education and presentations from a classroom teacher, a school principal, a zoo educator, and a service-learning expert. After the presentations, Dr. Julian Agyeman of Tufts University moderated an audience discussion.

ASCD Environmental Education Booklet 2003:

Advancing Education through Environmental Literacy

ASCD Education Topic - September 2003

This Network is facilitated by

Kathy McGlauflin,
Senior VP, Education
Center for Environmental Learning
American Forest Foundation
Imad Aoun
Program Coordinator
Center for Environmental Learning
American Forest Foundation

For any questions or concerns please email Imad Aoun at iaoun@forestfoundation.org

NAAEE is the professional association for environmental education. Since 1971, the Association has created opportunities for its members to improve their skills in creating and delivering programs and services that teach people how to think, not what to think.
The URL is: http://www.naaee.org/

An award winning, broad-based EE program for educators & students in PreK-grade 12. PLT helps students learn HOW to think, not WHAT to think, about the environment. The program covers topics ranging from forests, wildlife, & water, to community planning, waste management & energy.
The URL is: http://www.plt.org

EE-Link ~ Environmental Education on the Internet, a resource designed to support students, teachers and professionals that support K-12 environmental education. Browse and search this site for a wealth of information and links on Environmental Education!! A project of the North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE).
The URL is: http://eelink.net/

The EPA Office of Environmental Education is advancing and supporting education efforts to develop an environmentally conscious and responsible public and inspiring personal responsibility in caring for the environment.
The URL is: http://www.epa.gov/enviroed/

EE-News Mailing List      
EE-News is a twice-monthly email bulletin provided by the North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE), with funding from the Environmental Education and Training Partnership (EETAP). EE-News is hosted by EE-Link, a project of NAAEE.
The URL is: http://eelink.net/pages/EE+News+Signup

PLT's Online Newsletter Receives Award    
Sign-up to receive Project Learning Tree’s quarterly online newsletter, the Branch. It recently received an award for Outstanding Achievement in Network Publications from the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development on behalf of ASCD’s Environmental Education Network. In addition to resources and news, each issue includes stories from teachers, written in their own words. They share their passion for EE, tips for using EE in the classroom and outdoors, as well as ideas and how-to’s for environmental service-learning projects.
The URL is: http://www.plt.org/cms/pages/35_122_1.html

ASCD Environmental Education Topics    
ASCD Education Topics "are short multimedia lessons on topics that interest all levels of educators. Each lesson includes a definition, short articles on the topic, audio files of experts and practitioners, and a listing of resources that you can use to continue your professional development."
The URL is: http://www.ascd.org/cms/index.cfm?TheViewID=2103&f...

The Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD)    
The ASCD a nonprofit education association with members in over 100 countries committed to the mission of forging covenants in teaching and learning for the success of all learners. Founded in 1943, ASCD provides professional development in curriculum and supervision; educational equity for all students; and serves as a world-class leader in education information services.
The URL is: http://www.ascd.org/

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