The California Environmental Education Interagency Network (CEEIN) is a state government consortium of environmental educators representing departments, boards, and commissions of the California Department of Education (CDE), California Environmental Protection Agency (Cal/EPA), The Resources Agency of California (RA), and the Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA). CEEIN fosters broad understanding of the State's environmental and cultural resources while affirming that education is essential to the development of understanding and respect for the environment. The CEEIN partnership provides a forum for its members to share resources, programs, and materials with California's public schools and students in kindergarten through university. The California Coastal Commission's Public Education Program hosts the CEEIN website as one of its responsibilities of the partnership. The site was previously hosted by Cal/EPA and CDE.
The primary goals of CEEIN are to develop a unified response to the environmental education needs of California's educators and local governments, and to assist with statewide educational reform movements. CEEIN accomplishments include the Curricula and Compendia Project, supporting the California Regional Environmental Education Community (CREEC) network, establishing an outreach program that includes development and distribution of the CEEIN brochure, conducting workshops designed specifically for educators, and staffing exhibit booths at environmental and education conferences and fairs.Join CEEIN on Twitter!
In 2015, California released a Blueprint for Environmental Literacy recommending strategies to improve instruction for students on the environment. Download the document.
The Environmental Principles and Concepts, developed as part of the 2003 Assembly Bill 1548, were adopted by the State Board of Education to be incorporated into relevant subject matter frameworks. The draft California Science Framework includes instructional connections between the Next Generation Science Standards and the Environmental Principles and Concepts, and the Environmental Principles and Concepts will be included in any future science textbooks adopted by California.
Meeting Schedule 2016
CEEIN members meet monthly (except August and December) to discuss and share information about national and statewide environmental education efforts. These monthly meetings allow participants to network with their counterparts at the other boards, departments, and commissions on a regular basis. Discussions enable the various participants to rapidly exchange information and increase the breadth of information dissemination. This communication enables members to maximize their efforts and minimize redundancy.
Archived Meeting Minutes