CEE-Change Fellowship: Building Leadership in Civics and Environmental Education (CEE)
ee360+ and Cedar Tree Foundation are excited to launch the 2023 CEE-Change Fellowship to scale up our impact as we work to create a more equitable and sustainable future.
NAAEE's latest initiative to support leadership and innovation in civics and environmental education across the country, CEE stands for Civics and Environmental Education. NAAEE recognizes the value in bringing together environmental and civic engagement educators to learn from each other and collaborate to scale up our impact as we work to create a more equitable and sustainable future. The 2023 Fellowship program will include a special focus on climate change and education.
The twelve-month fellowship will provide opportunities to learn, network, and share through online professional development, technical assistance, and face-to-face training. The fellowship will also build a strong foundation for continued professional growth after the program ends. The twelve-month fellowship will take place July 1, 2023 to June 30, 2024. Fellows will have the option to extend an additional six months (through December 2024), and will receive continued professional development, networking support, and scholarship funds to attend the 2024 Annual NAAEE Conference in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
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How to Apply
We will begin accepting applications in March 2023. All application materials are due by May 15, 2023, 11:59 PM ET. Applicants will be notified of their status early July 2023.
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NAAEE will hold an informational webinar on Thursday, April 6, 3:00–4:00 PM ET.
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Benefits of Becoming a Fellow
Each Fellow accepted into the program will receive training and individualized support for their work, including the following:
- Professional development and leadership training with a focus on civic education, environmental education, climate change education, climate justice and other equity and inclusion issues in the environmental movement, partnership building, participatory planning strategies, community engagement, leadership, strategic communications, fundraising, project planning, grant management, mapping power, coalition-building, design-thinking, and evaluation (Professional development will be designed based on a needs assessment.)
- An enhanced professional network of CEE-Change Fellows and leaders in civic education, environmental education, conservation, community resilience, and other disciplines
- Increased access to relevant practices and resources through NAAEE’s professional development opportunities on eePRO
- An in-person, week-long Leadership Institute and the financial support to attend (The Leadership Institute will be held August 20–25 at the National Conservation Training Center in Shepherdstown, West Virginia.)
- Monthly virtual training webinars on priority topics
- Scholarship funds to attend the 2023 Annual NAAEE Virtual Conference October 8–20; scholarship funds to attend the 2024 Annual NAAEE Conference in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (for Fellows that request the optional extension)
- Technical assistance in planning and implementing a Community Action Project
- Opportunities to apply for mini-grant funds to implement a Community Action Project; grants will range from $3,000 for a planning grant up to $10,000 for a collaboration grant where two or more Fellows work together to promote a larger-scale effort
- Access to professional development funds to seek additional leadership training and to support learning exchanges between Fellows
- Mentoring and networking opportunities within the Fellows cohort and NAAEE network
- Individual and organizational recognition through ee360+ and NAAEE
All participants must commit to the full twelve-month fellowship (July 1, 2023–June 30, 2024) and the following activities:
- Take part in all networking and training opportunities throughout the twelve-month fellowship
- Attend an in-person Leadership Institute August 20–25, 2023
- Design a Community Action Project using an innovative CE and EE strategy that addresses a local, state, or national climate change issue
- Complete a Community Action Plan to outline strategies the Fellow will use to work with the intended audience(s) they are planning to reach
- Develop a fundraising strategy to raise the support necessary to implement the plan
- Reach at least 100 participants through a Community Action Project
- Complete mid-term and final progress reports and other evaluation activities as needed
- Attend the 52nd Annual Virtual NAAEE Conference October 8–20, 2023
- Fellows who select the optional six-month extension will attend the 53rd Annual NAAEE Conference in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Fellows will participate in a workshop and present about their experiences as a CEE-Change Fellow and how the fellowship contributed to their work as a leader
All applicants must have the following:
- At least five years of experience in CE, EE, conservation, or community engagement
- A partner organization. A partner organization can be an ee360+ Partner, NAAEE State Affiliate, or other community or national organization whose goals and practices make a positive contribution to the field of CE and/or EE. Applicants must submit a recommendation letter from their partner organization describing how they will work together to design and implement a Community Action Project. Partner organization must also explicitly agree the Fellow can attend the in-person. Leadership Institute August 20–25, 2023. In most cases an applicant’s partner organization is also their employer.
- A creative idea for a Community Action Project that addresses a civic and environmental issue related to climate change. The project should propose a new or innovative solution to a climate-related environmental problem, including strategies for reaching new audiences, applying new pedagogy or instructional frameworks to improve student action, engaging new audiences in civic life, achieving greater impact in addressing community sustainability and resilience issues, or new strategies for developing effective partnerships. Applicants can present current projects but must describe how they will use the fellowship to add a new twist or strategy that will make the project more innovative and effective. Fellows will use fellowship training, networking, and resources to build on this vision.
- Two letters of recommendation. One letter must come from the applicant’s partner organization. The other letter can come from any professional contact familiar with the applicant’s experience in CE, EE, conservation, community engagement, or leadership ability.
The CEE-Change Fellowship Program is supported by generous funding from the Cedar Tree Foundation and ee360+, an ambitious multi-year initiative that supports a diverse cadre of environmental education leaders to increase environmental literacy for everyone, everywhere. NAAEE leads the initiative through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. EPA and partner organizations.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is a federal agency that has been protecting human health and the environment for over 50 years. For over 30 years, EPA has supported environmental education (EE) and training for teachers and other education professionals through the National Environmental Education and Training Program (NEETP), created by The National Environmental Education Act of 1990. The purpose of this program is to provide EE training and long-term support to formal and nonformal education professionals across the United States, bolstering their ability to effectively teach about environmental issues. The NEETP is managed by EPA’s Office of Environmental Education (OEE). Learn more about current projects managed by OEE >
Questions? Contact: CEEchangeFellow@naaee.org
View previous classes of ee360 Fellows:
2018 ee360 Community Fellow Archives