Network Building Workshop

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Environmental Literacy Network Design Workshop

October 25, 2011 NEA HQ, Washington DC

Leaders from Washington DC area organizations are invited to attend a free workshop to design a process that will effectively connect our work across disciplines, sectors and audiences across the nation. This workshop will be instrumental in developing a proposal to the National Science Foundation to strengthen and deepen the rich exchange initiated during the Ecology and Education Summit.

When: October 25, 2011 from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Where: National Education Association Auditorium
               16th St NW and M St MW, Washington DC

How to Get to NEA

Driving and Public Transportation information is available here.


Workshop Objectives

During the workshop, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Meet colleagues interested in advancing environmental literacy in the DC area through an intentional coordinated process;
  • Learn about the Summit Decadal Action Plan
  • Learn about a funding opportunity from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and other sources to establish a coordination network;
  • Share experiences about how we have connected with organizations across disciplines, sectors and audiences;
  • Develop possible goals, objectives, strategies, products and outcomes in the proposal to NSF

Scope of Workshop

In the work of building environmental literacy, attention will be given to national and state initiatives; engaging diverse communities; public policy; communications; and educational technology. We will also review the Summit Decadal Action Plan for any glaring gaps.

Who Should Attend

Leaders interested in environmental literacy and workforce development including but not limited to education, natural and social science, health, business, planning, media, technology, religious, community and government organizations.

Workshop Agenda

Download the Workshop Agenda

The following questions will guide our discussions to design an effective network:

Who is at the table and who are we connected with?

State initiatives are strategic to any educational effort.  How can a coordinated national network be of support? How can we learn from states and communities?

National efforts can create a sense of momentum and unity for the field e.g. the Green Ribbon Schools program. What are the next big, value-added, rallying points?

Welcoming active participation and leadership from culturally diverse audiences and communities is critical with the dramatic demographic changes. What gains have been made and how can we map out layers of support for our next generation?

What are our communication needs - internal and external to the network? What mechanisms are best suited?

What possible goals, objectives, strategies, products, outcomes, and success metrics do we envision for this network - across disciplines, sectors and audiences?

Participant Perspectives

Find out what registered participants are thinking prior to the workshop: Workshop Participants' Interests and Perspectives

Next Steps

Notes from the workshop will be posted here and circulated to all who participated in the Summit and beyond. This workshop is intended to generate ideas for effective network coordination towards achieving environmental literacy in the nation. We very much hope that organizations outside the DC area will also be able to participate in the network building process. Additional comments will be invited.

Questions?

Contact:

Alexandra Koerten, Education Intern, ESA
educationintern@esa.org