California Environmental Literacy Initiative

The California Environmental Literacy Initiative is a public–private partnership that seeks to increase access to relevant and impactful environment-based learning for all California K–12 students.

Ten Strands leads the California Environmental Literacy Initiative (CAELI) to create a system of support in California that enables all students to have local, standards- and environment-based experiences that enhance their learning inside and outside of the classroom. We partner with more than 20 government, non-government, and other stakeholder organizations to move the Initiative forward, and we seek advice and input from a leadership council in addition to a wide array of other educators, scientists, and environmental experts.

CAELI members belong to one or more Innovation Hubs, which bring together leaders who collaborate to advance environmental literacy within diverse facets. Those hubs include:

(1) Community-Based Partners
(2) County Office of Education
(3) District
(4) Equity
(5) Green Career Education
(6) Professional Learning
(7) Policy

Our work is focused on a theory of action organized around the goals of equity and cultural relevance, recognizing school districts as a fundamental unit of change—then taking this work to scale.

Our theory of action focuses on:

  • Developing a supportive statewide context for environmental literacy
  • Ensuring environmental literacy is infused throughout the education system
  • Demonstrating, through leading-edge exemplars, that any school district can create districtwide environmental literacy programs based on plans that focus on equity of access and cultural relevance for all students

To learn more about past accomplishments and current project work, please take a deeper dive into the areas below and subscribe to the CAELI newsletter for up-to-date information.

Supportive Context

Creating a supportive context for environmental literacy in California ensures coordinated, high-quality learning experiences for all students....

Incremental Infusion

Incremental infusion increases the capacity of school districts and teachers to incorporate environmental literacy into the core academic experience o...

Leading-edge Exemplars

These district-level projects create and demonstrate successful and sustainable models of partnership which are relevant to place, ensuring sustainabi...


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