Maine Emerging Environmental
Are you a young adult in Maine (15-30) who is passionate about the environment, building just and equitable communities in Maine, and growing your network and skills?
Are you an established leader in the environment and conservation sector in Maine who is passionate about sharing your skills and knowledge with Maine's brilliant, young environmental Changemakers and are interested in cultivating your understanding of how to build a more inclusive and equitable sector?
If YES...we can't wait to meet you and have you join our Changemakers network and movement!
MEEA To Hire First
The Maine Environmental Education Association will soon have its first executive director! As a thriving, rapidly growing, non-profit organization MEEA is in the process of searching for the right leader to work with the board of directors, staff, and volunteers to lead and grow MEEA's work in strengthening and broadening the environmental education field.
MEEA builds public support for environmental education through our federal and statewide advocacy and policy work; aligns the actions of environmental education providers throughout Maine through effective communication and networking, and acts as the voice of Maine environmental education professionals at both the regional and national level. MEEA makes it a point to collaborate across sectors to advance policies that raise environmental literacy and lead to a more sustainable future for all Maine communities.
MEEA has had notable success in recent years in developing and implementing innovative leadership programs that nurture emerging environmental leaders, helping build a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive environmental sector.
The executive director position is funded as a 50% FTE position, with support from major grants committed through mid-2021.
Application period is now closed. Download the job posting here for more information.
Don't Miss Out On These Free Webinars by NAAEE
Co-Hosted by MEEA
Behavior Change: Evaluating and Improving Our Impact
Tuesday, August 21, 2018, 3:00pm to 4:00pm Eastern
Let's discuss how we can evaluate and increase the impact of environmental behavior change interventions! Join us for the next #eePRO #webinar featuring guest speaker Amielle DeWan, Executive Director of Impact by Design, Inc. on Tuesday, August 21 at 3 PM ET! Learn more about Amielle's work.
New Thinking in Sustainability and EE
The July 2018 installment of NAAEE's monthly webinar series featured Dr. Marc Stern, Virginia Tech, and Dr. Bill Scott University of Bath, who have both recently published books that are both inspirational and practical. We learned about the new thinking and ideas they're exploring for how we can use social theories to shape our work, understand the challenges and apply new strategies for working toward sustainability, and more.
Bringing Research to Life
In this June 2018 round table webinar, we heard from a dynamite group of speakers (representing NAAEE, the Children & Nature Network, the Pisces Foundation, EPA, Duke University, and Tamarack Media) working to connect research and practice. Watch the recording to learn more about how these organizations are working independently and together to build the evidence base for advancing environmental education and the children and nature movement.
Critical Window to Reach out to School Districts on ESSA Funding
Hello MEEA members. We wanted to reach out to with some interesting Environmental Education Policy updates that impacts your work here in Maine. Environmental educators have a critical opportunity now to reach out to school district leaders, encouraging them to use applicable funds from the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) to support environmental education.
ESSA is the act that governs K-12 education in the United States, replacing No Child Left Behind. The legislation passed at the end of 2015 and includes, for the first time, language that makes environmental education explicitly eligible for funding under a Title IV grant program.
The fiscal year 2018 budget agreement includes $1.1 billion for Title IV, Part A, which is nearly three times more than was allocated for 2017, the first year for ESSA implementation. This increase makes the 2018-19 school year the first truly meaningful opportunity for Title IV, Part A programs to make an impact in many school districts—and those programs include environmental education.
Federal ESSA funds will be distributed to states July 1, and then states will distribute funds to school districts, which have great flexibility for how to use them -- including for environmental education. School districts need to submit a plan to the state outlining their intentions for using ESSA funds in order to receive their allocation. In Maine our plan is due JULY 1.
The time is now to reach out to districts you work with to make the case for environmental education.
Please contact us at MEEA if you need support regarding ESSA Outreach!
Cultivating a Culture of Science
The 2018 MEEA Conference
The MEEA Conference was held on April 28, 8:45am-4:00pm at Colby College, Waterville, Maine. A day and ahalf of presentations, activities, and keynote tackled questions about cultivating a culture of science and environmental education.
How can we as environmental educators bolster society's appreciation and support for science? What is environmental education's role in strengthening Maine through a robust foundation of science and scientific knowledge?
More than 25 Presentations and Workshops were held in these strands:
Maine’s Science And Technology Standards Up For Review
If you want to see change in the "Maine Learning Results in Science" this is the time to do it.
The Maine Learning Results go under review every few years. The science standards were last reviewed and revised in 2007, more than 10 years ago. The Maine Department of Education initiated this review of the standards and they need our help to understand what types of science standards will be most helpful to students. As an educator you are an expert on what works for students and you can have a significant impact on how the standards are written and implemented across the State.
There have been a number initiatives over the past few years, including failed legislation and other initial reviews of the standards, that have started and then faded away. The standards review that is now open will NOT go away, this is the big push that will define science standards for the immediate future.
Even if you had submitted comment or testimony over the past few months or years, please make sure you submit new or revised comments and testimony NOW during this important science standards review process. NOW is the time to make your voices heard.