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Linking to Standards Writing Lessons Reaching Audiences Finding Funding

 

 

Linking to Standards

If you plan on working with your local public school, you should explicitly link your programs or lessons to state standards. Scoring well on the state standardized tests given March-May in public schools drives much of what schools teach. English Language Arts (ELA) and Math are tested every year in grades 3-8, and Science is tested in grades 5 and 8.

Use this site to learn your way around Missouri's standards http://dese.mo.gov/college-career-readiness/curriculum

 

 

Writing Lessons

High quality environmental education materials have six features: 1) fairness and accuracy; 2) depth; 3) emphasis on skills building; 4) action orientation; 5) instructional soundness; and 6) usability. These features, and how to incorporate them are described in Environmental Education Materials: Guidelines for Excellence. This is a publication of the North American Association for Environmental Education downloadable for free from the internet. Check out NAAEE's other materials at https://naaee.org/eepro/resources/purchase-publications

 

 

Reaching Audiences

One challenge for every non-formal educator is getting people to a program, teachers to a workshop or classes to use a lesson. The key is to understand your audience and what has meaning for them. Use SmartChart to walk yourself and your program through the steps need to develop a successful promotional campaign for what you want to share.

 

 

Finding Funding

For a list of currently available grants visit MEEA's grants page to find resources for your education project. The list is updated monthly.

For longer term funding consider creating a fund development plan. The five major sources of income for non-profits are membership dues, conference revenue, fees for services, gifts and grants. Surprisingly, gifts can be a significant and reliable source of regular income once you get the hang of asking for donations. Funding for Success was the topic at the 2015 North American Association for Environmental Education Affiliate Workshop. Check out the pdf here for a comprehensive introduction to putting a fund development plan together for your organization.