State Agency Engagement
Progress toward this outcome will require staff support and engagement at state departments of education.
Local Agency Engagement
Progress toward this outcome will require district-level interest in implementing Meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences (MWEEs).
While national education reform has lent itself to using the environment as an integrating context for learning, the shifts in both teaching and learning these reforms require pose ongoing challenges to developing systemic approaches to environmental education. In addition, states and school districts must understand that MWEEs are not “add-ons” to existing curricula.
Progress toward this outcome will require jurisdictions to collaboratively support cross-agency “collective impact” efforts.
School Community Readiness
Progress toward this outcome will require school administrators to support and encourage the development and implementation of MWEEs. It will also require school administrators to hire sufficient staff and provide sufficient teacher training.
Progress toward this outcome will require funding for student projects, sustainable school initiatives, professional development and transportation.
Factors Influencing Progress
Several factors could impact our ability to increase students’ age-appropriate understanding of the watershed through participation in teacher-supported meaningful watershed educational experiences and rigorous, inquiry-based instruction. These factors have directly informed the management actions our partners will take to achieve the Student outcome.