Preparing Today's Environmental Stewards: Educate for Action
When it comes to the field of environmental education, the Environmental Volunteers is a leader in providing high-quality, hands-on curriculum for schools. The EV’s Educate for Action program for elementary schools focuses on stewardship action, providing a positive impact on student science learning.
Educate for Action
Educate for Action is a 3-year initiative that involves reviewing our curriculum to meet three key measures:
1. Increasing stewardship education within our programs
2. Adapting curriculum to support the Next Generation Science Standards
3. Improve connection and effectivness of our curriculum for students who are English Language Learners
In a nutshell, we want to improve the stewardship education we offer and adapt our learning programs to be the very best they can be!
As part of this process, we are incorporating new teaching best practices that are proven to help students learn and retain information more effectively. Through Educate for Action, we are reviewing and reconfiguring each curricular area, with the goal of empowering students to act as action-oriented environmental stewards while continuing to build a deeper knowledge of environmental science.
Year 3: The Final Stretch (2016-2017)
This three-year project has included planning/curriculum development, piloting of new program delivery, and evaluation and analysis of outcomes. Right now, we are in the third year of the Educate for Action project. We are incorporating results from the evaluation, putting final touches on the revised curriculum, and training our volunteers on best teaching techniques. We celebrate the staff, volunteers, and board members who have been working behind the scenes to bring the best in natural education education to local schools! Through this work, we are setting out to discover how an environmental education organization can positively impact environmental stewardship. We can't wait to share with you what we discover.
Positive Impact on Stewardship
Here at the Environmental Volunteers, we are setting out to discover how an environmental education organization can positively impact environmental stewardship, given financial and time constraints that are part of the public school system.
Just as the EV successfully developed a collaboration model that increases science education hours in local classrooms and positively impacts science scores, we believe we can develop a model that also impacts stewardship. As a result, we hope to offer the environmental education sector a model that other organizations and educators can adapt for their communities.