Whether you're a public school teacher, nature center instructor, resources agency educator, youth organization leader, an interested volunteer, new to the field of conservation education, or an old hand -- we can all use opportunities to learn new skills, polish old skills, and expand our network of colleagues and mentors. The following resources can start you in the right direction and help you enhance your teaching curriculum.
Advanced Training for Environmental Education in Georgia (ATEEG)
Advanced Training for Environmental Education in Georgia (ATEEG) is a nationally accredited, professional certification program for formal and non-formal educators based on the North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE) Guidelines for Excellence. This program is offered by the Environmental Education Alliance of Georgia in partnership with the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources at the University of Georgia.
Why become certified? You will be recognized as a leader in the field of environmental education gaining credibility for yourself and the profession. You will experience great networking opportunities, learn how to measure the success of your programs, and expand your knowledge of instructional techniques. Learn more about the value of EE certification in this article written by Brenda G. Weiser, Ed. D. "EE Certification: Why do we need it? What’s in it for me?"
Below is a link to a description of the ATEEG Program Format, the Dates of Core Course offerings, a list of the Expectations of Participants, a list of the Core Course and Independent Study Assessments, the Costs of lodging and registration, and the Withdrawal Policy. Certification is valid for 5 years. The process and application for re-certification are detailed in the Re-certification Packet. Links to the Registration Forms and contact information for the ATEEG Program Administrator are also provided.
CSEP provides formal and informal educators working with elementary through university age students with sustained professional development, collaborative tools, and support to build a climate-literate public that is actively engaged in climate stewardship. CSEP also provides support for educators to execute climate stewardship (mitigation or adaptation) projects with their audiences to increase understanding of climate science and practical actions to reduce the impact of climate change. The project is part of NOAA's portfolio of activities to strengthen ocean, climate, and atmospheric science education.
There are two levels of involvement. Level I. If you are only interested professional development opportunities in climate science and have no interest in doing a stewardship project, contact Bruce.Moravchik@noaa.gov, subject line: "Join CSEP Education Community" to be put on the educator email list for announcements about resources, webinars and book club announcements.
Level II. If you are interested in professional development opportunities and:
Mini-grant funding up to $2000.00 to develop and implement a climate stewardship project.
Travel stipends/reimbursements to attend and present at regional workshops &/or national conferences
Special professional development opportunities
CSEP contests with monetary and educational resource prizes
Then you will need to apply to the Stewardship Community of CSEP. You will be committing to:
Participate in monthly CSEP Web seminars during evening hours – typically the 1st Monday of every month.
Participate in a Stewardship Project Peer Review Group - meetings during evening hours (~ once/month).
Use a newly developed CSEP Wiki to post stewardship project plans, progress updates, results, share resources, and comments with other CSEP educators.
Participate in CSEP evaluation efforts i.e. online surveys.
National Park Service Workshops
Teacher Workshops Shoulder-to-shoulder with private and public school teachers, nature center instructors, resources agency educators, youth organization leaders, and all interested volunteers we experiment with activities for use in a classroom or in the field. We will discuss educational methods, tools, and resources that will be of value to any adult wishing to learn to teach about our environment.