California Regional Environmental
Education Community

California Department of Education,
STEM Office

Bay Area | Region 4 Newsletter 
Fall 2016

National Momentum for EE is Growing 
Solar Kit Workshop  

In December 2015, President Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), new federal legislation designed to replace the previous "No Child Left Behind" law. ESSA, paired with new standards in language arts, math, history/social-science, and particularly in science education open new opportunities to integrate EE into a students' K-12 education. 

In response to these opportunities, a number of national organizations including the North American Association for Environmental Education and Project Learning Tree have helped launched the Superintendent's Environmental Education Collaborative. The collaborative is co-chaired by Dr. Kevin Maxwell, chief executive officer of Prince George's County Public Schools in Maryland and Region 4's Anne Campbell, superintendent of San Mateo County Schools.

According to Dr. Maxwell, "This is an historic opportunity to facilitate an ongoing conversation between superintendents and environmental partners and to leverage ESSA funding to help environmental literacy efforts, The Collaborative will seek to create robust, real-world learning experiences that bolster STEM learning, civic engagement, and prepare students for the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century workforce."

For more information about this exciting national development please read the Superintendent's Environmental Education Collaborative press release.

- Nate Ivy, CREEC Coordinator, Region 4
What's New in Region 4

CREEC Launches a new website!

The state-wide website has relaunched with updated regional pages. Take a look at Region 4's page with upcoming events, grant opportunities, and featured providers. Contact Nate Ivy if you have something you'd like to share on our Bay Area page.


Local Events
Various Dates

Featured Provider: The California Department of Water Resources

The Department of Water Resources (DWR) is responsible for managing and protecting California's water resources. The agency provides free  water education materials for schools  and the general public alike. It also organizes campaigns to conserve water in California, manages reservoirs and visitors centers, plans for flood control, and more. To learn more about the amazing array of resources and support for California residents to conserve our water resources, visit:


Sources for teachers and providers

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Disclaimer: These professional learning opportunities and resources are intended merely to provide access to information. The California Department of Education (CDE) has not reviewed these opportunities or resources for effectiveness or alignment with the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). CDE does not warrant or guarantee the effectiveness or results of any opportunity or resource that may be made available through this communication network. The inclusion of an opportunity or resource is neither an endorsement nor recommendation by CDE. Please excuse formatting errors that may result from the software application used to distribute this newsletter.

The California Regional Environmental Education Community (CREEC) Network is an educational project supported by the California Department of Education in collaboration with state, regional and local partners. Its expansive communication network provides educators with access to high-quality educational resources to enhance the environmental literacy of California Students.

Shannon Gordon, CREEC Network State Contact,, STEM Office, California Dept. of Education, 1430 N Street, Suite 4309, Sacramento, CA 95814

Region 4 | Bay Area Coordinator: Nate Ivy,  

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