Environmental Education Webinar

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Education leaders hosted a webinar on October 27, 2016 to discuss strategies to fully leverage the opportunity for advancing environmental education initiatives in school systems. During the webinar, Congressman Sarbanes noted that this 10 year effort is now coming to fruition and is an enormous opportunity for schools districts and the EE community to work in partnership, preparing the next generation for the 21st century’s challenges and opportunities related to our environment. You can watch the webinar, hosted by the newly minted Superintendent’s EE Collaborative, and presented by:

  • Kevin Maxwell, CEO, Prince George’s County Public schools, MD
  • John Sarbanes, Congressman
  • Monique Chism, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy and Programs, U.S. Department of Education
  • Anne Campbell, Superintendent, San Mateo County Public Schools, CA
  • Kathy McGlauflin, Director, Project Learning Tree
  • Sarah Bodor, Director of Policy and Affiliate Relations, North American Association for Environmental Education
  • Don Baugh, President, Upstream Alliance
Here is the short version:
  • President Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) in December 2015, which included key provisions from the No Child Left Inside Act, providing US Department of Education funding for environmental education
  • Congress is acting on a Continuing Resolution until December 8th.  When a new budget is finalized, we will know the final funding for the two grant programs that include environmental education. 
  • US Department of Education released their guidance language on October 21, 2016 that is favorable for environmental education.
  • States will distribute 95% of the ESSA funding to school districts, based on their plans submitted to the US Department of Education.  EE advocates are encouraged to work at the state level to ensure EE is a priority in these plans.
  • School districts will be eligible for this funding by a competitive grant process or by formula funding.
  • EE partners are ready, willing and able to assist.  Partnerships are a requirement of ESSA.