California Regional Environmental
Education Community

California Department of Education,
STEM Office


Statewide Newsletter 
November 30, 2015 


Announcements
 
First 60-Day Public Review of the Draft Science Framework for California Public Schools
 
The Instructional Quality Commission and the State Board of Education welcome your review and comments on the Draft Science Framework for Californian Public Schools. This online survey is available from November 17, 2015-January 19, 2016. More information and the survey are available at:
http://www.cde.ca.gov/ci/sc/cf/scifw1st60daypubreview.asp
The State Board of Education (SBE) approved the timeline for the 2016 Revision of the Science Framework. The timeline is available online at:
http://www.cde.ca.gov/ci/sc/cf/sciencerevsigevents2016.asp
 
History-Social Science Curriculum Framework  
 
The process to update the HSS Curriculum Framework has resumed. The current posted draft includes minor updates to address legislation passed since the original draft was complete in 2009 and is available at the CDE Curriculum Frameworks: History-Social Science Web page at http://www.cde.ca.gov/ci/hs/cf/. The full timeline may be viewed at http://www.cde.ca.gov/ci/hs/cf/hssdrafttimeline.asp.

January-February, 2016: Required 60-day period for public review and comment on Instructional Quality Commission's recommended framework (CCR 9515).

May 2016: SBE receives Instructional Quality Commission recommendation, holds public hearing and acts on draft framework.
    
Summer 2016: Document Preparation
    
Winter 2016: Final Publication
 
California Global Education Summit 
 
The CDE has received a grant award of approximately $20,000 from the Longview Foundation for World Affairs and International Understanding to support a two-day California Global Education Summit. The Summit will be held on February 11, 2016 at the Santa Clara County Office of Education with a follow-up day a few weeks later. Invited participants will include pre-kindergarten through grade twelve teachers and leaders, institutes of higher education, policy makers, community leaders, and business partners who will investigate the status of globally-focused education in California and provide a report of action steps for strengthening global competency among all students. A California Global Education Network will form to build upon the successes of the Summit and support local education agencies through active efforts to disseminate the report. This project aims to connect many state efforts that share the vision of preparing students for college and career by supporting and expanding their global competencies, and to foster ongoing collaborations well into the future.
 
The CDE hopes that HSS teachers will join world language teachers as lead supporters of this effort. To stay informed, follow the CDE's new Twitter Feed @CaEdGlobal or view the updated Global Education and International Studies Web page.
 
Professional Learning Opportunities
 
My Digital Chalkboard    
 
- http://www.mydigitalchalkboard.org
- includes announcements and resources

Other Opportunities

Statewide and locally focused professional development events are posted on the CREEC Network's Events Calendar available at: http://www.creec.org/events.

Resources for California Educators
 
Science Assessment Information   
 
- http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/ca/caasppscience.asp
- includes new science assessment timeline

Grant Opportunities 

Environment-related grants available to educators and students are listed on the CREEC website. For more information, please visit http://www.creec.org/grant_opps.
 
Contests Available to Students 

Environment-related Contests for students are listed on the CREEC website. For more information, please visit http://www.creec.org/news/128.

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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.
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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, Statewide CREEC Coordinator, sgordon@cde.ca.gov
STEM Office, California Dept. of Education, 1430 N Street, Suite 4309, Sacramento, CA 95814
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