EE Practices

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Environment Education has recommended practices in order to ensure effective, excellent  instruction.

Guidelines for Excellence for EE.

The National Project for Excellence in Environmental Education, initiated by NAAEE in 1993, has developed a series of Guidelines that set the standards for high-quality environmental education. Each of these publications was developed by a diverse team of professionals, and each has gone through a substantive review by thousands of professionals prior to its publication.


    • EE Link Communicating environmental education research to educators, with the goal of improving education programs based on sound research findings. Compiled by the NAAEE Research SIG (Special Interest Group) and Cornell University. EEresearch highlights recently published refereed journal articles that contain results useful for educators. Short overviews and published abstracts are posted weekly. Its overall goal is to help educators adapt and improve their practices to reflect current research.
    • Journal of Environmental Education  South Dakota library card holders can access full text articles through the online databases Academic Search Premier and the Gale Professional Collection.  Contact your local reference librarian or the South Dakota State research office for more assistance.

US Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools

Currently, South Dakota does not participate in the US Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools program.  Superintendents, principals, classroom teachers, and PTO organization leaders can still “green” their schools by integrating the goals, priorities and action steps into their respective spheres.

EE and Current Educational Initiatives

The North American Association for Environmental Education provides the most recent updates to how environmental education aligns with Common Core, Framework for K12 Science Educaiton and the Next Generation Science Standards.