Environmental and outdoors education programs can support and enhance standards based curriculum and activities taught both in and outside the classroom In order to make these linkages it is critical that environmental education providers understand how to use the different types of academic standards. Join us in this online course to:
Learn how to navigate the Colorado State Academic Standards, Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards.
Identify tools to help you correlate programs and lessons to academic standards to better speak to the teachers you serve.
Welcome! Please watch our short introductory to learn more about the Colorado Alliance for Environmental Education and get a short introduction to Academic Standards. The course will follow the following outline:
1. Welcome and Introduction to Standards
2. Introduction to the Colorado Academic Standards
3. Introduction to National Standards (Next Generation Science Standards, Common Core, Guidelines for Excellence in Environmental Education)
4. Introduction to Tools you can use to Correlate your programs to Academic Standards
5. Quiz: What did you learn?
In order to correlate environmental education programs and resources to Colorado's Academic Standards, its important to understand how they were designed and the language used. In this section, we will break down the jargon around Colorado's Academic Standards to make it easier to find what you need.
Most likely, you will be correlating your resources to the Colorado Academic Standards, however, there is a great deal of misinformation regarding national standards circulating and it can be helpful to understand the terminology and the best practices used to develop them when talking with teachers. This section will unpack how each set of standards was developed and can be used. Following watching the video, use the links below to access and explore the full set of standards.
In this section, we will showcase a few of the existing tools to help you correlate your programs and resources to standards. Direct links are included in the resources.
The Colorado Alliance for Environmental Education serves all sectors of the Colorado community to improve the collective effectiveness of Environmental Education. We envision an environmentally-literate Colorado, and we work to ensure everyone in Colorado has an opportunity to learn about the environment where they live. We value inclusiveness and welcome everyone to the field of environmental education.