CORE2 is a network of environmental educators working together to coordinate, enhance, and expand professional development opportunities for formal and non-formal educators in Illinois. CORE2 is organized using the existing Environmental Education Association of Illinois (EEAI) regional structure. Each region has a Regional TeamCoordinator who works with a small team of people within the region to facilitate the development, coordination, and delivery of professional development opportunities for environmental educators. Five Centers Of Regional Environmental Education (CORE2) have been established. This infrastructure is designed to improve overall communication among EE providers, increase the knowledge of and availability of EE resources, and provide for future sustainability by coordinating EE training throughout the state.
support for CORE2 development is through a grant received
from the EETAP States Program,
is funded by the US EPA.
In addition to EETAP funds, more
Illinois organizations have pledged and continue to give support. This
being used to help finance the development of CORE2 and
the team vision a reality.
is set up to help any formal or non-formal educator interested in
Education. Teachers are encouraged to join. There are
stipends to assist them
in attending meetings.
State-wide and Regional Benefits
- Increase in formal and non-formal educator training.
of Goals 3 and 6 in the state strategic plan for EE called
EL for IL (Environmental Literacy for Illinois).
- Increase equity of environmental education services throughout the state.
- Completion of EEAI Strategic Plan objectives.
- Formation of a strong support network for environmental educators.
- Be recognized as a strong supporter of environmental education in Illinois.
- Have increased name recognition throughout the region and state.
- Strengthen relationships with Regional Offices of Education.
- Increased opportunities for partnerships.
- Financial support for professional development of Team leaders.
Team Member Benefits
- Leadership and other skill development opportunities
- Networking opportunities that will help to keep members up-to-date with current trends in formal and environmental education.
- Professional and personal growth.
With technical and financial support from the
States Program, Illinois has moved forward on several related fronts: a
housed on EE-Link, major training initiatives for non-formal
EE educators, and a network of partnerships for offering EE
formal educators. During years 4 and 5 we plan to solidify what
was started in
The emphasis during Year 4 will be the
database. Through its
calendar capabilities, we plan to eliminate duplication of efforts,
teacher training throughout the state, and maximize partnerships.
We will be
evaluating the database and making adjustments as necessary. We
will also be
working to diversify membership on the CORE2 (Centers of
EE) Teams with the ultimate goal of reaching underserved and under
audiences within the state. Regions will assess the state of
within their regions at the beginning and end of Year 4 using the
tool developed during Year 3.
The emphases in Year 5 will be further networking
coordination of efforts, as well as establishing diversity within the
Teams. During Year 4, two CASES (Cultural Diversity) workshops
will be held in
the state for the CORE2 Teams. We expect that these
provide the impetus to look closely at our regions with the intent of
developing a strategy during Year 4 to ensure diversity within the
the beginning of Year 5, we will hold another CASES workshop, but for a
audience, with the goal of implementing that diversity strategy.
During Year 4,
the East Central (EC) CORE2 will pilot a partnership with
Illinois Science Teachers Association’s Building
a Presence (BaP) Program, which is a statewide network that has
underway for about three years. In Year 5, we plan to be fully
the BaP Program.
In addition, we plan to hold a TOOLS Train the Trainer refresher workshop in February 2005. By that time, two workshops will have been held in the state, so newly trained presenters will be able to share their experiences and brainstorm ways to reach additional participants.