Guidelines for Excellence
Explore and Engage with the NAAEE Guidelines for Excellence Workshops!
Refresh and deepen your skills, enthusiasm, and connections with a deep dive into NAAEE’s best practices in your field! Whether you are an environmental educator, administrator, or program developer, don’t miss this opportunity to learn about best practices in quality environmental education programs from some of the leaders in the EE field. Hands-on experiences and discussion will be led by Bora Simmons, director of NAAEE's National Project for Excellence in Environmental Education at the University of Oregon.
Tuesday, March 19, 2024
2:00pm - 4:00pm: Professional Development
5:30pm - 7:30pm: Environmental Education Programs
Who should attend?
- K-12 teachers
- Local government staff
- Preschool teachers
Local government staff
- Anyone working with environmental education programs!
Professional Development for Environmental Educators
Great Lakes Aquarium: 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Join us for a highly interactive workshop focusing on a set of guidelines for the basic knowledge and abilities educators need to provide high quality environmental education. The guidelines are designed for all environmental educators including formal teachers, non-formal environmental educators, professors, and nature preschool teachers, as well as those who deliver environmental education programs as only a part of their job. Each participant at the workshop will receive a copy of the Professional Development of Environmental Educators: Guidelines for Excellence workbook. More info: https://eepro.naaee.org/resource/professional-development-environmental-educators-guidelines-excellence
- COST: FREE (suggested donation: $20)
Environmental Education Programs Workshop
Lake Superior Zoo: 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Join us for a highly interactive workshop focusing on a set of guidelines for developing and administering high-quality environmental education programs. These recommendations provide a tool that can be used to ensure a firm foundation for new programs or to inform improvements in existing ones. The overall goal of these guidelines is to facilitate a superior educational process leading to the social and environmental quality that people desire. Each participant at the workshop will receive a copy of the Environmental Education Programs: Guidelines for Excellence workbook. More info: https://eepro.naaee.org/resource/environmental-education-programs-guidelines-excellence.
- COST: FREE (suggested donation: $30)
- Pizza will be provided
- Please bring your own beverage or reusable water bottle
Bora Simmons directs the National Project for Excellence in Environmental Education, an initiative of the North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE). The Project draws on the insights of educators across the United States and around the world to craft guidelines for quality environmental education practice. After twenty years as a professor of environmental education at Northern Illinois University, Bora moved the Project to the Institute for a Sustainable Environment at the University of Oregon. Bora has been actively involved in research, evaluation, and professional development for over forty years. She served as a Peace Corps Volunteer, was president of NAAEE, serves on numerous advisory committees and boards of directors, including NAAEE’s Advisory Council, and consults for the PBS KIDS show Cyberchase. She was an executive editor of the Journal of Environmental Education and an associate editor of the International Journal of Early Childhood Environmental Education. Bora earned a BA in Anthropology from UC Berkeley, an MS in Natural Resources from Humboldt State University, and a PhD in Natural Resources from the University of Michigan.