We want our EE programs to be the best they can be. We want to be professionals in our field. But how do we know if we have reached these goals?
The North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE) has released the Guidelines for Excellence series to help us, as practitioners and educators, recognize benchmarks in areas of professional development, learner achievements, instructional materials, programs, early childhood education, and community engagement as they relate to the field of EE. In this workshop, we will introduce a subset of the Guidelines series through hands-on activities, discussion, and reflection. All participants will leave with the newest edition of the Guidelines we address. This workshop is sponsored by the NAAEE ee360 grant from the EPA and Environmental Educators of North Carolina (EENC). This workshop is eligible for Criteria III hours or continuing education in the NC Environmental Education Certification program. Workshop may also provide CEUs for classroom educators.
There will be three basic workshops held across the state (below). For those that would like to lead Guidelines workshops in their area of the state, there will be a Train-the-Trainer workshop in October. Participants who are attending the Train-the-Trainer workshop must attend one of the educator workshops or demonstrate a basic knowledge about the guidelines from a previous training. Workshops will be led by Renee Strnad, NAAEE Guidelines Trainer Bureau and EENC Board Member.
There is a $25 fee for each workshop, but current EENC members will receive a $10 discount. Lunch will be provided. If you have any questions, please contact Renee at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Basic Guidelines Workshops (workshops will run 9am - 5pm)
July 24, Catawba Science Center, Hickory
August 14, CMAST, Morehead City
September 29, Agape Center for EE, Fuquay-Varina
*You do not have to register for the EENC conference to attend this pre-conference workshop. If you have included this workshop in your EENC conference registration, you do not need to register again.
Train-the-Trainer Guidelines Workshop
October 23, Haw River State Park, Browns Summit
*Participants at this workshop should be committed to hosting Guidelines workshops locally, as well as using the materials in their schools, classrooms, or EE Centers. Lunch will be provided. Sunday night lodging at Haw River will be available (must reserve and pay individually).
Cancellations prior to one-week before the workshop will be eligible for a refund of fees minus a $5 processing fee. Cancellations less than one-week from the workshop forfeit their refund.