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2021–2022 Virtual Meetings

Hosted by the CAELI County Office of Education Innovation Hub

Join our county office of education community of practice! Please register for meetings below.



We are inviting California county office of education (COE) leaders in any role who are champions of environmental literacy and advocates for vulnerable and marginalized students and communities to join our community of practice (COP).

What and Why:

The COP will bring together COE leaders to engage in shared learning that surfaces and solves common issues related to expanding access to environmental literacy and sustainability education by sharing resources and innovative practices to build the COE capacity to serve as regional backbone support for several outcomes in each county.

  • Support access to regular ongoing environmental and outdoor learning experiences for students, by working with school districts, teachers, and community-based partners (CBPs). This work centers on supporting those from the most vulnerable and marginalized communities.
  • Develop district-wide plans that include experiences for students at all grade levels, with an emphasis on low-income students and students of color.
  • Implement a whole school sustainability framework through the integration of environmental literacy and sustainability into the curriculum, campus, community, and culture.
  • Infuse sustainability principles and practices into COE core operations.


When CAELI’s COE innovation hub published Educating Every California Student In, About, and For the Environment: A Call to Action for County, District, and Educational Leaders and supporting webinar series, the case for environmental literacy as a core competency was made, which supports state and local goals for equity, student achievement, socio-emotional learning, California’s Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS), and civic engagement.


Each meeting will emphasize how to infuse equity principles into environmental literacy initiatives and highlight several topics.

  • Examples of environmental literacy and sustainability leadership from COEs and districts throughout the state that showcase collaboration focused on addressing historic environmental and educational inequities.
  • Updates on policies and guidelines for addressing environmental literacy and sustainability.
  • Strategies to connect with CBPs that address local environmental challenges and injustices and provide students access to place-based outdoor and environmental learning.
  • Strategies for applying to Green Ribbon Schools and other awards applications.
  • Connections to social-emotional learning, health, MTSS, trauma-informed practices, and other equity-focused whole-child initiatives.
  • Funding opportunities and resources, including new funding for expanded learning opportunities, and other programs addressing unfinished learning.
  • Time for sharing current environmental literacy and environmental justice efforts, questions, and networking.
CAELI County Office of Education Innovation Hub Community of Practice Member Map
CAELI county office of education innovation hub members participating in the community of practice.

Virtual meetings are from 9:00–10:15 a.m. every other month on Thursday.

COE COP Meeting 1 August 26, 2021

COEs as Leaders in Systemic Change

Discuss the role of COEs in centering equity as the priority in system-wide change and continuous improvement. Learn how COEs can be effective regional “backbone” entities to support districts and schools to integrate environmental literacy and sustainability into curriculum, programs, and buildings and grounds through an equity lens.

Meeting 1: Video Recording

Meeting 1: Slides

Meeting 1: Survey 

COE COP Meeting 2 October 14. 2021

Facilitating a Community-Based Partner (CBP) Network

Explore how COEs can take on regional leadership by ensuring equitable access to place-based learning by connecting school districts with nonformal and informal education partners that represent the interests and concerns of their vulnerable and marginalized communities. Engage with CAELI’s new CBP Toolkit to strengthen connections and collaboration with local CBPs.

Meeting 2: Video Recording

Meeting 2: Slides

Community-Based Partner Network Toolkit

Additions to California Network Directory

CAELI Community-Based Partner Hub

COE COP Meeting 3 December 9, 2021

Curriculum and Professional Learning

Explore how COEs can ensure the realization of California’s vision to deliver to teachers instructional materials and professional learning that promote environmental literacy for every student. Discuss connections between California’s Environmental Principles & Concepts, environmental topics and issues, and core content areas. Explore Green Ribbon Pillar 3 – Effective Environmental and Sustainability Education, which includes STEM and interdisciplinary learning as well as civic knowledge and skills.

Meeting 3: Video Recording

Meeting 3: Slides

COE COP Meeting 4 February 3, 2022

Sustainable Facilities, Climate Resilient Campuses, and Outdoor Learning

Discover how COEs can focus districts on environmental justice, public health, and civic engagement by modeling sustainability practices in their own buildings, grounds, and operations. Discuss how COEs can provide technical assistance for school districts to green buildings and grounds, prepare for climate disasters, and establish outdoor spaces for equitable learning and improved physical and emotional health.

Meeting 4: Video Recording

Meeting 4: Slides


COE COP Meeting 5 April 7, 2022

Funding Environmental Literacy Programs

Explore how to advance equity and environmental justice by using state, federal, and grant funding opportunities to build capacity for environmental literacy, outdoor learning, and green buildings and grounds across school districts and sites, particularly in communities most impacted by climate change and unfinished learning.

Meeting 5: Video Recording

Meeting 5: Slides

COE COP Meeting 6 June 9, 2022

Youth and Parent Engagement

Explore how COEs are working with districts to mobilize youth and families as partners in creating sustainable schools, healthier communities, and equitable access to high quality environmental literacy and outdoor education experiences.

Meeting 6: Video Recording

Meeting 6: Slides