Webinar Series: A Call to Action for Educational Leaders

Environmental literacy is a critical outcome for California’s K–12 students. As we prepare for this unprecedented school year, innovative leadership from county offices of education, districts, and community partners can ensure that students have equitable access to relevant environmental learning experiences.

Designed by and for California educational leaders and administrators, this free, five-part webinar series will showcase effective strategies for supporting environmental literacy, both during the pandemic crisis and beyond.

Based on our “Call to Action” tool, these webinars will illustrate how to support teachers in delivering culturally-responsive, multi-disciplinary, standards-based curriculum through distance, in-school, and community-based learning. Expert guest speakers will present lessons learned from leading-edge exemplar initiatives, with a focus on providing access for students who have not historically benefited from high quality environmental literacy opportunities.

Each 60 minute webinar will begin with a 30 minute presentation of promising practices and curated, field-tested tools and resources. The second half will allow for facilitated discussions, networking, and addressing problems of practice.

By incorporating environmental literacy into county, district, or schools’ continuous improvement, Learning Continuity and Attendance Plans, LCAPs, or Site Plans, we can ensure that we remain on track to graduate youth who are connected with nature, civically engaged, and empowered to lead solutions to future challenges.

If you have any questions related to the webinar series, feel free to contact Amy Frame at aframe@tenstrands.org.


— Webinar recordings, slides, and all shared resources will be posted below —


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 provided an introduction to implementing the strategies outlined in the resource document. Watch the webinar recording to 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 | Participants learned 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. See the webinar recording to 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 | Participants learned 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. See the webinar recording to 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 | Participants learned 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. Strategies to form networks that build the capacity of these partners to work with school systems were discussed. 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 | Participants learned about successful approaches to standards-based environmental literacy curriculum that reflects ongoing updates to California’s content frameworks. Watch the recording to 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.