Green Schools National Network is a nonprofit dedicated to whole-school and whole-district sustainability that shifts the paradigm to transform school cultures so students become changemakers, not just test-takers, prepared to live in and lead a sustainable future. Green Schools helps schools integrate sustainability and systems thinking into leadership, curriculum, instruction, culture, climate, facilities, and operations. … READ MORE
The CAELI Community-Based Partner (CBP) Hub launched in spring 2021 with the goal of increasing visibility and access to environmental education partners. It was a vital need for the environmental literacy space and has served as a reliable central repository for districts, schools, and teachers to identify programs that align with their local needs and … READ MORE
Since the launch of CAELI’s Innovation Hubs, leaders across California have used the network to collaborate and grow a community of teachers and administrators committed to creating equitable access to environmental education. With a diverse leadership collaborating within CAELI’s expanding membership, we welcome leaders from various roles in education to create systemic change for California’s … READ MORE
In early 2021, the California Environmental Literacy Initiative (CAELI) sought to center its work in equity, diversify representation, and move to a model of self-governance when it launched a new innovation hub structure. The change has resulted in a far-reaching system of inclusion that has championed new ideas and voices collaborating to achieve environmental literacy … READ MORE
On October 11, we celebrated Indigenous Peoples’ Day and honored the history and Indigenous cultures in our community and beyond. The California Environmental Literacy Initiative is striving to achieve a culture of gratitude and recognition throughout the year. In this week’s article, we interviewed Mark Tilsen Jr., an Oglala Lakota poet and educator from the … READ MORE
Youth reminds us of the curiosity and awe we all once held of the world around us. That same curiosity lays the foundation of science-based inquiry. Even when constrained, youth creates dreams, possibilities, and innovation. In this month’s interview, Ismael Cruz, founder of Growing Up Wild, talks about his journey in connecting youth to nature, fostering environmental stewardship, and creating an equitable approach to outdoor education.
In this month’s interview, Marcos Trinidad, Director at the Audubon Center at Debs Park, explores the ways in which community engagement isn’t just important to effective environmental educators — rather, environmental educators must critically focus on integrating environmental education into community organizing and activism if we hope for it to be truly impactful in the day-to-day lives of students and communities.
John Sanders is the founder and director of the Delphinus School of Natural History, a regional outdoor science education program in San Luis Obispo for elementary and middle school students. Much like the constellation it’s named after, Delphinus guides students toward a greater understanding of the world we all navigate.