MWEEs support high-quality teaching and learning by actively engaging students in building knowledge and meaning through hands-on experiences. In these experiences, the core ideas and practices of multiple disciplines are applied to make sense of the relationships between the natural world and society. The MWEE definition has been designed to support state science and social studies standards and align with standards-based initiatives, including STEM education; the Common Core State Standards; Next Generation Science Standards; and the College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework for Social Studies. The MWEE definition also reflects research-based instructional models, including place-based education, the NAAEE Guidelines for Excellence, and Investigating and Evaluating Environmental Issues and Actions (IEEIA).
“There is a mountain of evidence that suggests environmental education is a powerful way to teach students. Over 100 studies found that it provides transformative learning opportunities. There is no doubt that environmental education is one of the most effective ways to instill a passion for learning among students.”
— Dr. Nicole Ardoin, Stanford University Graduate School of Education and Woods Institute for the Environment