We have a moment, right now, here in Washington State...
to support all K-12 schools and colleges into becoming vibrant, ever-adapting, interdisciplinary learning laboratories and centers of innovation at the core of sustainable communities.
E3's Goals guide us.
E3 Goals represent the collective voice of thousands on what it takes to achieve education for sustainable communities in Washington State (and beyond!). From 2006 through 2008, thousands of individuals and organizations from across Washington came together in the unique E3 process to create a common vision for the future.
From that visioning, the E3 Goals were co-created, and today are continually vetted and reevaluated with E3 Washington’s stakeholders – you. These three goals and their strategies are E3 Washington’s guiding template to ensure that high-quality environmental, sustainability, and systems learning lives at the core of both the curriculum and informal learning opportunities in and between schools, college/universities, businesses, tribes, agencies, and community based organizations.
Learn more about each goal below!
Link for Learning—Join schools, campuses, Washington non-profits and community resources for student achievement and a sustainable future.
The "Get Together” goal means that in order to achieve sustainable progress in environmental and sustainability learning, we need to find new and powerful ways of connecting and staying connected across cultural, economic, and logistical areas. The strategies below outline how E3 will to achieve "Getting Together”.
- Support each student’s background and learning both in and out of school by including community-based educators and programs in the curriculum.
- Coordinate informal education providers (outdoor learning centers, aquariums, zoos, museums, and other community programs) to align programs and resources with school curriculum and state learning standards.
- Promote partnerships between schools/school districts and informal providers of environmental and sustainability education.
- Expand opportunities for students from middle school through college to participate in field and community-based learning through local sustainability initiatives, research, service projects, and internships with public and private organizations.
- Align learning standards and curriculum with real-world issues, with help from public and private sectors.
Act Locally, Share Globally—Through networking and technology, create a system of inclusive leadership and diverse partnerships to achieve education for sustainable communities.
The "Connect Up” goal recognizes that we need to create a social and technological system that empowers individuals and organizations to equitably connect, share resources, solve mutual challenges, and spread innovations in the field. E3 Washington’s will answer this need.
- Hold frequent statewide, regional, and sector meetings to further relationships and achievements of "learning communities” for E3 plan implementation, evaluation, and revision.
- Maintain a dynamic E3 website with interactive, state-of-the-art content; tools for projects management and social networking, and links to increase outreach and promote partner resources.
- Make the E3 Network Directory the online destination for information on environmental and sustainability education and opportunities to participate.
In all sectors and regions, support E3 coordinators who demonstrate cultural competency and management skills.
- Reach out to include diverse professionals, audiences and students. Continue to demonstrate respect for diversity and cultural competencies.
The Buck Starts Here—Garner the funds and support necessary to provide equitable, adequate coverage and meaningful impact of education for sustainable communities.
The "Build Support” Goal recognizes that: 1) environmental and sustainability education innovation requires financial support at all levels; and 2) garnering that financial support can require real-world data showing its effectiveness and value. The strategies below outline how E3 is helping to build two-pronged support for the field.
- Develop consortiums across the state to invest in regional leadership and develop local funding strategies in order to ensure implementation of E3 plans.
- Create public/private programs to fund priority recommendations in E3 state, sector , and regional plans, and expand environmental and sustainability education.
- Evaluate the impact of funded programs on student and adult learning as shown by changes in behavior that foster healthier, more sustainable economies, communities, and use of natural resources.
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