County Office of Education

County Office of Education

The CAELI County Office of Education (COE) Innovation Hub seeks to support all 58 COEs to launch and maintain thriving Environmental Literacy and Sustainability Initiatives. Through the development of tools and professional learning opportunities, the hub builds the capacity of COEs to support their districts and schools in providing equitable access to high quality environmental education, as well as access to safe and healthy spaces for children, youth, and adults to learn and play.

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Goals

Projects & Working Groups

Resources

GOALS

  • COE IH members will invest in our theory of change that COEs are an important part of the systemic integration process.
  • Serve as a backbone for the broader ecosystem of environmental literacy in our regions
    Produce high quality tools that can be used by schools, districts, and stakeholders to make progress towards environmental literacy.
  • Support the hiring and work of a dedicated environmental literacy coordinator in each of the state’s 58 counties.

PROJECTS & WORKING GROUPS

  • COE Innovation Hub Meetings – Monthly meetings for the COE IH to share about what is happening with environmental literacy in their County Offices and providing updates for what is happening in our other working groups. Hub members gain: collaboration with peers in the same role, the opportunity to leverage collective action to support statewide environmental literacy efforts, and alignment of environmental literacy initiatives and messaging across the state
  • COE Community of Practice – This community of practice (COP) brings together staff from a variety of roles representing County Offices of Education (COEs) across the state. The outcome of the COP is to build capacity for COEs to support environmental literacy and sustainability efforts across the campus, curriculum, community and culture subsystems in schools and districts in their region. This is done at the COP by sharing best practices and resources that address common issues related to expanding access to environmental literacy and sustainability education. Members meet every two months during the 2022-2023 school year.
  • Collaborative for CBP Network Leaders – This networking group of COEs leading or launching community-based partner networks for environmental literacy provides participants with opportunities for mutual support and learning. Through sharing successes, resources and challenges, the collaborative seeks to strengthen support networks for more equitable K-12 access to environmental education.
    Teacher Call to Action – This resource is a three-part publication developed for educators. Part 1: The Imperatives for Environmental Literacy defines the field and recounts its development in California. Part 2: Voices from the Field presents case studies of effective instruction at every grade level. Part 3: Roadmap for Instruction describes steps to increase Environmental Literacy integration.
  • State Seal of Civic Engagement – This guide was developed as a support to districts, schools, and teachers in using the lens of environmental literacy in their implementation of the State Seal of Civic Engagement. The guide provides environmental literacy centered examples for each of the criteria as well as resources to inform implementation.
  • COE Fellowship – This new program is designed for COP members who are ready to jump start or deepen their efforts for leading a high impact Environmental Literacy and Sustainability Initiative. The outcome of this fellowship will be that each fellow will draft a 3-5 year vision, plan, and budget for their initiative, and identify actionable next steps for their first year. Fellows will also have access to a toolkit of resources for supporting district change.
  • Landscape Analysis Survey- The purpose of this CA Environmental Literacy Landscape Analysis Survey is to determine the extent to which California’s stated vision of environmental literacy is being implemented inside classrooms across the state. The survey will identify areas of strong achievement as well as to determine which students and teachers might currently lack access to environment-based learning experiences. The information will be used by school districts and county offices of education to make equity-focused decisions regarding support for student programs, professional learning, and other resources.

RESOURCES

  • Call to Action (2020)Educating Every California Student In, About, and For the Environment: A Call to Action for County, District, and Educational Leaders  details how environmental literacy supports district and state goals around Local Control Accountability Plans and the California Multi-tiered System of Support, including: basic services, standards implementation, course access, universal design for learning, parent involvement, student engagement, school climate, culturally responsive teaching, student achievement, and social–emotional learning.
  • Call to Action for Educators and Webinar Series (2020) –  This environmental literacy webinar series recorded last year after the publication of the CtA Document, offers practical advice and effective strategies for education leaders to implement environmental literacy initiatives in their counties, districts, or schools.
  • Community-Based Partner Network Toolkit (2021) This toolkit has been designed to help county offices of education, school districts, and community-based partners establish and maintain networks to expand environmental literacy within California’s K–12 educational landscape. The toolkit includes sections on types of community-based partners and networks, guidance for networks at different stages, self-assessment rubrics, and more.
  • CAELI Community-Based Partner Hub (2021) supported by Green Guardians. The Hub promotes environmental literacy by building educator awareness of community-based partners (CBP) and their products and services and fosters educator-CBP relationships for increased student enrichment and engagement.nThe goals of the Hub are to increase the visibility and access to environmental education community-based partners and be a reliable central repository for districts, schools, and teachers to identify programs that align with their local needs and meet educational standards.
  • Teacher Call to Action Toolkit (2022) – A three-part publication developed for educators by educators. Part 1: The Imperatives for Environmental Literacy defines the field and recounts its development in California. Part 2: Voices from the Field presents case studies of effective instruction at every grade level. Part 3: Roadmap for Instruction describes steps to increase Environmental Literacy integration. Discussion and reflection questions in each section will help move along your practice, individually or with your colleagues.
  • Case Studies (2022)COE-Leadership-CaseStudies-022122-.pdf (ca-eli.org): These Case Studies illustrate how San Mateo County Office of Education and the Orange County Department of Education each took a unique systems approach to expanding access to environmental literacy and sustainability in their local contexts.
  • County Offices of Education (COEs) as Catalysts for Regional Change White Paper (2022 – in progress): This document provides an overview for educational leaders, policy makers, and funders to understand what a regional Environmental Literacy (and/or Sustainable and Climate Ready Schools) Initiative is, and why County Offices of Education (COE) are critical for taking efforts to scale across California.
  • Seal of Civic Engagement (2022 – in progress) The State Seal of Civic Engagement Environmental Literacy Implementation Guide is designed to support districts,  schools, and teachers in using the lens of environmental literacy in their implementation of the State Seal of Civic Engagement. The guide includes sample student actions as well as resources for educators to use as they support students in their efforts towards the Seal.
  • Webinar Series (2022 – in progress)Tools for Environmental Literacy. CAELI invites you to a series of conversations with the authors of new resources to expand equitable access to environment-based learning experiences for students throughout California.