California Regional Environmental
Education Community

California Department of Education,
STEM Office

 & Summer
Region 8 CREEC - Central Coast
San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Ventura, Kern
August 2016

The CREEC Network website is getting revamped.  
Look up the new websites for both the CREEC Network and the EEI curriculum.
The California Regional Environmental Education Community (CREEC) Network is transitioning to a new website with the help of an education partner agency, and we ask for patience while we make this transition. Even though the website is down, we still have a great CREEC Network of people to work with you in each Region of California. Contact me (Teresa Lees) directly for any assistance you need for Environmental Education for the next month or so. Have a great start of the school year by including environmental education into your scope & sequence by using the EEI Curriculum....

The Education & the Environment Initiative (EEI) has a new website ready to go, including online trainings and ordering of curriculum units:

The California Education and the Environment Initiative (EEI) Curriculum is designed to teach academic standards through an engaging environmental lens. It also serves as a spring-board to extend learning beyond the classroom. After learning from the EEI Curriculum, students are better prepared to take the next step and engage in activities that will help connect them more directly with the world around them.

Many agencies, institutions, and organizations throughout California have identified themselves as providing programs and materials that can be used with the EEI Curriculum. The following links provide lists of resources available through governmental and non-governmental organizations. 

Teresa Lees, CREEC Coordinator, Region 8

Environmental Workshops & Conferences...
Next Generation Science Standards website

NGSS Science PD for Teachers in SLO County

Enjoy one of these NGSS Science Professional Development opportunities for teachers in SLO County. There are multiple dates for each workshop:
  • Introduction to Next Generation Science Standards  (Roll Out #1)
  • NGSS Conceptual Flow (Roll Out #2)
  • NGSS Practices: Digging Deeper (Roll Out #3)
  • Contact Patti Garrett for more information: 805-782-7271

Growing Edible Education in our Region October 14 & 15

Come learn how to  teach kids about food and nutrition. S hare how your farm-to-school program is transforming teaching people about their food, working with local farms, or creating delicious nutritious menus.Visit garden, food service and farm education programs; attend break-out sessions and meals that engage participants in farm-to-school best practices. Early registration is until the end of August. 

Last year it was in Santa Barbara County, this year in Ventura County and next year it will be in SLO County. Register today:     GEE Symposium October 14 and 15 in Ventura County

NGSS Science Roll Out #3 this Fall

Registration for the next round of professional learning events designed to help teachers and administrators implement the California Next Generation Science Standards is open. Session offerings for Rollout #3 includes on at the Ventura County Office of Education on December 12 & 13.   Registration is now available online. 

And don't forget the California Science Teacher's Association conference October 21 - 23 in Palm Springs. 

This is an exciting year for science education in California! Implementation of the California NGSS has begun, the California Science Curriculum Framework will be released for a second public review and will be adopted before the end of the year, components of the state's new accountability system will be on-line, and we will have a better idea of what to expect for science statewide assessment. 
Sorry, no link to the CREEC website currently. You can stay in touch with us on Facebook.

CA History-Social Science Framework includes the EP&Cs (Environmental Principles and Concepts) 

Last month the State Board of Education approved a revised History-Social Science Framework for California Public Schools, and for the first time in state history, the Framework includes five key Environmental Principles and Concepts.
These environmental principles examine the interactions and interdependence of human societies and natural systems and are presented in Appendix F of the Framework.

The EP&Cs are also part of the CA Science Framework in Appendix 2 and are what forms the basis for the EEI curriculum. The EP&Cs are to be included in upcoming science state adopted instructional materials as well. 

Principle I - People Depend on Natural Systems
The continuation and health of individual human lives and of human communities and societies depend on the health of the natural systems that provide essential goods and ecosystem services.

Principle II - People Influence Natural Systems
The long-term functioning and health of terrestrial, freshwater, coastal, and marine ecosystems are influenced by their relationships with human societies.

Principle III - Natural Systems Change in Ways that People Benefit from and can Influence. Natural systems proceed through cycles that humans depend upon, benefit from, and can alter. 

Principle IV - There are no Permanent or Impermeable Boundaries that Prevent Matter from Flowing Between Systems.  The exchange of matter between natural systems and human societies affects the long-term functioning of both.

Principle V - Decisions Affecting Resources and Natural Systems are Complex and Involve Many Factors.  Decisions affecting resources and natural systems are based on a wide range of considerations and decision-making processes.

CREEC Network Region 8
Teresa Lees, CREEC Coordinator
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.

Along the Central Coast, Region 8 CREEC is housed at the San Luis Obispo County Office of Education and serves San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Ventura and Kern counties.

Teresa "Tree" Lees, CREEC Region 8 Coordinator
Shannon Gordon, Statewide CREEC Coordinator,
STEM Office, California Dept. of Education, 1430 N Street, Suite 4309, Sacramento, CA 95814

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