Webinar Series: 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. Each webinar’s recording and resources will be posted online.

Each meeting will take place on Thursday afternoons from 3:30-4:30 pm.


March 31, 2022 - County Offices of Education Environmental Literacy Leadership Case Studies

The County Offices of Education Environmental Literacy Leadership Case Studies webinar discusses how California’s pioneering environmental literacy coordinators in San Mateo and Orange County took unique approaches to elevating environmental literacy and sustainability in their local contexts. Discuss the crucial role that COEs can play in transforming educational systems.

Video Recording


April 7, 2022 - A Teacher Call to Action for Environmental Literacy

The Teacher Call to Action for Environmental Literacy webinar helps educators support students in understanding their place in the world and taking action for their communities. Explore a three-part publication developed for educators, which focuses on the imperative for environmental literacy, showcases voices from the field, and includes a roadmap for including environmental literacy in TK-12 classrooms.

Video Recording


April 21, 2022 - A Teacher Call to Action for Environmental Literacy for Professional Learning Providers

The Teacher Call to Action for Environmental Literacy for Professional Learning Providers webinar explores a three-part publication series that can be used as a tool to support teachers to begin or move forward on this journey. This webinar will offer professional learning providers tools and strategies for sharing the Call to Action with teachers.

Video Recording


May 5, 2022 - State Seal of Civic Engagement Environmental Literacy Implementation Guide

Learn how the lens of environmental literacy can be used to support districts, schools, and teachers in their implementation of the State Seal of Civic Engagement. Explore examples and resources related to each criteria, including: academic achievement, civics knowledge, community action projects, and self-reflection.

Video Recording


June 2, 2022 - Community-Based Partner Network Toolkit

Learn about a Community-Based Partner Network Toolkit designed to help county offices of education, school districts, and community-based partners establish and maintain regional networks to expand environmental literacy. The toolkit includes sections on types of community-based partners and networks, guidance for networks at different stages, self-assessment rubrics, and equity-focused guidance for new, emerging, and established networks to consider. Also, hear how to use CAELI’s Community-Based Partner Hub to connect teachers with specific partners and standards-aligned student programs.

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Introduction: Call to Action for Environmental Literacy

September 16 and 23, 2020 | The authors of Educating Every California Student In, About, and For the Environment: A Call to Action for County, District, and Educational Leaders provide an introduction to implementing the strategies outlined in the resource document. Explore how the COVID-19 context and the Learning Continuity and Attendance plans amplify the needs to address student and staff mental health, connect with nature and community, and include the outdoors in instructional and operational planning.

Social-Emotional Learning in Environmental Literacy

September 30, 2020 | Learn how trauma-informed environmental literacy practices can be used on campus or through distance learning to support social and emotional learning, reduce anxiety, and increase engagement. Explore how simple outdoor activities can be part of a Multi-Tiered System of Supports to address students’ needs and implement instruction aligned with state guidelines, including the new Health Framework.

Environmental Literacy for MTSS, LCAPs and Continuous Improvement

October 21, 2020 | Learn how to advocate for environmental literacy as a critical student skillset and an important strategy for improving key initiatives, such as NGSS implementation, civic engagement, and supporting English learners. Explore concrete examples of successful goals, actions and budget expenditures that support environmental literacy in a variety of county and district contexts throughout the state.

Community-Based and Business Partnerships to Support Environmental Literacy

November 18, 2020 | Learn how to connect educators with local environmental education partners such as nonprofits, public works agencies, and governmental programs to support culturally relevant environmental literacy experiences. Learn strategies to form networks that build the capacity of these partners to work with school systems. Together, such coalitions can build career interest, provide mentoring opportunities, and address real environmental justice and public health challenges our students and families are facing.

Environmental Literacy for All Through Curriculum and Instruction

December 9, 2020 | Learn about successful approaches to standards-based environmental literacy curriculum that reflects ongoing updates to California’s content frameworks. Explore a variety of proven professional learning and collaborative approaches that county offices of education and school districts have used to help teachers deliver solutions-oriented, integrated curriculum for in person and distance learning formats.