PA Dept. of Education Releases State Plan for the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)
The PA Dept. of Education recently released a draft of the State Plan for the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Click here to read the consolidated state plan. In the draft, afterschool and out-of-school facilities that provide programs focusing environmental literacy, STEM, service learning, physical fitness or job readiness are specifically mentioned as helping to provide opportunities for a 'well-rounded education' and 'improved academic performance'. Read more on page 113 of the draft plan. Funding will be allocated to those programs through the 21st Century Community Learning Center grant program.
2017 PAEE AWARDS ANNOUNCEMENT
The annual awards are an important way that environmental educators can recognize one another and celebrate the great work that is happening throughout the state. We accept nominations throughout the year, and present the awards at the annual conference. This year we presented 4 awards:
Keystone Award - Ruth Roperti, Past President of PAEE
Outstanding Environmental Educator - Jennifer Brooks, Berks County Parks and Recreation Department
Outstanding Environmental Education Program - Wildlands Conservancy 'Wild About Learning' Program
Daisy S. Klinedinst Memorial Award - Jenni Urban, Winnie Palmer Nature Reserve at Saint Vincent College