LEEF shares results from regional landscape analysis of K-12 schools, teachers, administrators

Wednesday, October 25, 2023 9:58 AM | Deleted user

The League of Environmental Educators in Florida (LEEF) is sharing results from a landscape analysis conducted this year by the Southeastern Environmental Education Alliance (SEEA) using collected survey data from over 600 PreK-12 teachers and administrators in the eight SEEA states. 

The analysis is designed to gain an enhanced understanding of environmental education providers and schools in the southeastern U.S. that are working towards similar goals. It provides a comprehensive look at what environmental education is (or is not) happening in schools, a better understanding of the needs and priorities of teachers and administrators, strategies for scaling programs for a broader, more equitable reach and state and regional findings to inform future strategic planning efforts. 

The school survey used to gather data focused on integration of environmental education into the curriculum, professional development needs of administrators and educators, field trips, outdoor learning and outdoor spaces

Some key findings from the analysis include: 

  • When asked how likely teachers are to integrate outdoor learning into their instruction, 32% already incorporate outdoor learning into instruction; 61% indicated interest, but need support; and only 6% say they are not likely to incorporate outdoor learning. 

  • The top barrier to incorporating outdoor learning in schools is logistics (scheduling, time, distance, staging and clean up). 

  • The primary limiting factors for schools' ability to participate in field trips were transportation costs, time, availability of transportation and site fees.

  • When asked what type of professional development educators have participated in, 21% of educators indicated they have had no professional development in outdoor education or environmental education.

  • A total of 66% of educators are teaching about climate science and of those, 50% are spending less than 10 hours per year on this topic. Most educators do not feel confident teaching this topic.

A full report and a dashboard with detailed findings from the analysis can also be accessed, which allows users to filter the location of the schools, the type of schools, grade level, the level of reported confidence providing EE and more. 

“We are so grateful to the teachers, administrators and environmental education providers across Florida for their participation.  These insights reveal not only the current state of environmental education in K-12 schools but also the barriers and next steps we need to take in Florida, and the region, to ensure that every student has access to nature and quality environmental education," said Trina Hofreiter, Operations and Outreach Manager for LEEF.   

To access detailed findings from the analysis, including the dashboard, visit www.southeastee.org/landscape-schools

Founded in 1983, the League of Environmental Educators in Florida is the professional association for individuals and organizations dedicated to the cause of environmental education in Florida. We are the state affiliate for North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE), an organization that brings together those interested in the study and enjoyment of our natural world and one that has promoted excellence in environmental education throughout North America and the world for over four decades.  

The League of Environmental Educators in Florida is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

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