Welcome EETAP UPDATE Presented By Dr. Augusto Medina University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point
AGENDA • Overview • Activities • Achievements • Questions
OVERVIEW • The Environmental Education and Training Partnership (EETAP) is a national leader in delivering environmental education training for education professionals in the U.S.A.
OVERVIEW • EETAP supports a wide array of services and resources and is committed to ensuring that educators serving ethnically diverse and low-income communities benefit from and actively participate in education that advances student learning and environmental literacy.
OVERVIEW • EETAP seeks to: • 1. Help create comprehensive and sustainable EE programs at the state and local levels;
OVERVIEW • 2. Enable educators and decision-makers to effectively use EE to improve learning and achieve a healthy and sustainable environment;
OVERVIEW • 3. Improve educator access to quality EE programs, materials, and information.
OVERVIEW EETAP is in its third five-year phase. • Phase I: 1995-2000 - North American Association Environmental Education, Washington, DC • Phase II: 2000-2005 – University of Wisconsin-Stevens, Stevens Point, WI
OVERVIEW • Phase III: 2005-2010 - University of Wisconsin-Stevens, Stevens Point, WI
OVERVIEW • UW-SP manages the project and provides management, administration, communication, and reporting services under a cooperative agreement with U.S. EPA. • U.S. EPA and the EETAP Partners support the project (2/3 & 1/3)
OVERVIEW Most project work is implemented by partner organizations that receive funding to carry out specific activities. The EETAP Partners include:
OVERVIEW • Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development • Council for Environmental Education • National Audubon Society • North American Association for Environmental Education
OVERVIEW • Project Learning Tree • Project WET • United States Fish and Wildlife Service/National Conservation Training Center • University of Oregon (National Project for Excellence in EE)
OVERVIEW By pooling expertise, increasing inter-organization communication and coordinating planning, EETAP partners provide programs targeting a variety of environmental education professional development priorities.
OVERVIEW EETAP Partners are implementing 12 activities divided into three focus areas: Advancing Environmental Education The six activities in this group are putting in place components needed to ensure comprehensive environmental education programs at the state and national level.
OVERVIEW Professional Development The three activities in this area focus on the delivery of environmental education training for formal and non-formal educators.
OVERVIEW Reaching Different Audiences The three activities in this area help educators understand the changes needed to be more inclusive and build relationships with diverse audiences.
National Environmental Education Act 1990 EE Grants Environmental Protection Agency National Office of EE National EE Advisory Council Student Fellowships Resources Environmental Education and Training Partnership • EETAP Activities • Meeting EE Training Needs through On-line Instruction • Promoting Quality EE through the NPEEE – Guidelines Training • Strengthening EE Training Networks • Correlating EE Resources to State and National Standards and EE Guidelines for Excellence • Building State Capacity for EE • Reviewing EE Resources • Supporting Accreditation and Developing EE Pre-Service Programs • Expanding EE Certification Programs • Promoting Electronic Access to Quality EE and Developing Technology Tools for EE • Delivering Culturally Relevant EE to Diverse Audiences • Reaching Tribal Communities with EE Training • Building Capacity for Education with Conservation Practitioners and Non-formal Educators EETAP Partners • Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development • Council for Environmental Education • National Audubon Society • North American Association for EE • Project Learning Tree • Project WET • United States Fish & Wildlife Service • University of Oregon • University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point
ACHIEVEMENTS Why Program is Unique • Builds on Phases I and II • Continuity has enabled meaningful progress on several strategic initiatives that require years to fully develop • Logic Models and Evaluation
ACHIEVEMENTS • Advancing EE • More than 1,670 education professionals enhanced their skills as environmental educators through in person training and 403,546 individuals accessed information online using the Internet.
ACHIEVEMENTS Professional Development • Consortium partners have delivered professional development through in person and online workshops and courses to more than 1,433 education professionals and EE leaders working in schools and other settings.
ACHIEVEMENTS Reaching Diverse Audiences • Three EE organizations participated in a learning community while taking steps to become more culturally inclusive. • Nine installments on EE and diversity related topics have been posted on NAAEE’s web site.
ACHIEVEMENTS Reaching Diverse Audiences • EE workshops were conducted with tribes in 5 states and contacts were initiated with tribes in 3 states. • A draft Conservation Education Toolkit to help conservation managers better understand how to use education as a conservation tool was completed.
ACHIEVEMENTS Management • EE certification study of nonformal educators completed. • First draft of EE professional development priorities study completed. • Article on EE & diversity completed.
ACHIEVEMENTS • More than 1 million education professionals and 3 million individuals across the U.S.A. have benefited from EETAP activities.
Using the Organizational Assessment Tool (OAT) To Enhance Effectiveness Find out how the OAT can help you become more effective. The OAT is a one-stop organizational assessment resource that helps EE leaders: • Review major aspects of internal organizational development and • Develop a process for building organizational capacity.