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These are the resources and guidelines on best practices in K-12 environmental education. Use the filters on the left to refine your search. To start a new search, please de-select your previous choices by clicking the (-) buttons at the top.
Stanford's analysis suggests EE provides a wide array of benefits for K-12 students—and environmental knowledge is just the tip of the iceberg - experts at Stanford University systematically searched the academic literature and identified 119 peer-reviewed studies published over a 20-year period that measured the impacts of environmental education for K-12 students. The review found clear evidence that environmental education programs provide a variety of benefits.
The Constellation Model for Social Change comes from the Centre for Social Innovation in Toronto. An interesting way to look at how groups come together to tackle a common issues or challenge.
How Should Climate Change be Taught in Schools? is a concise article by the EdCan Network about key tips for educators looking to better integrate climate change education into their classroom teaching.
Measuring the Success of Environmental Education Programs is an easy to follow guide to evaluating your environmental education programs.
Canada, Climate Change and Education: Opportunities for Public & Formal Education by Learning for a Sustainable Future (LSF) and Lakehead University. This nationwide study of 3,196 Canadians provides the first comprehensive snapshot of climate change educational practice in Canada.
Young Voices: how do 18-25 year olds engage with climate change? is the first study to ask young people themselves how to engage their peers more effectively, and to propose and test new climate change narratives specifically designed to engage 18-25 year olds.
From Yale Climate Connection's Reviews, here are two book lists on teaching climate change: 9 climate change books for educators covers books that address the general theory and practice of teaching climate change; Books on teaching climate change communication, eco-literacy, and eco-justice highlights books that focus on specific subtopics.
Nature Play and Learning Places offers a set of guidelines for those that create, manage or promote development of nature spaces in the everyday environment of children, youth and families, especially in urban/suburban communities.
Forest and Nature School in Canada: A Head, Heart, Hands Approach to Outdoor Learning is a resource focused on new approaches to nature-based learning
Learning to Love the Natural World Enough to Protect is an article from Louise Chawla that makes the connection between early childhood experiences outdoors with a caring adult and environmental action later in life.
Recommendations for engaging young people with climate change campaigns presents recommendations for young climate campaigners and groups who want to broaden the appeal of their campaigns and bring in new young audiences.
The NAAEE Guidelines for Excellence series is available for free download. Guidelines for Excellence include: Community Engagement, Early Childhood Environmental Education Programs, Nonformal Environmental Education Programs, Environmental Education Materials, K-12 Environmental Education, and Professional Development of Environmental Educators
Grounds for Action by Bell, Anne C and Dyment, Janet (2006) found that children who experience school grounds with diverse natural settings are more physically active, more aware of nutrition, more civil to one another, and more creative.
Guide to Education for Sustainability offers introductory tools, background, and examples to help educators of all grade levels and subject areas strengthen classroom curricula and community projects
Educating for Action is a Green Teacher Article providing a framework for thinking about the place of action in environmental education (William F. Hammond, from issue #50)
Youth Narrative and Voice: Principles for Effective Climate, Energy and Environmental Education in Alberta was prepared by Alberta-based staff of the non-governmental organization Climate Outreach, on contract to the Alberta Council for Environmental Education, using focus groups to capture youth’s thoughts and feelings. The 33 page report summarizes key findings from workshops with urban and rural Alberta students and teachers, and suggests successful narratives that educators can use to reassure and motivate younger or older students.
Cultivating a Community of Practice - A Quick Start Up Guide is a one page summary of considerations when starting Communities of Practice.
Intergenerational Place-based Education by Mannion and Lynch (2010) found that environmental or place-based education that incorporates children and adults learning together improves intergenerational relations and individual, community, and ecological well being. Their research encourages schools to include intergenerational learning, contextualize curricula in the environment and embrace outdoor learning.
Helping Children Love the Earth Before We Ask them to Save It is a short article that summarizes research into nature connection and its benefits.
Roadmap to Excellent Climate Change Education is a set of guidelines that were developed from real conversations with students across Alberta about what they say are components of excellent climate change education.