California Regional Environmental
Education Community

California Department of Education,
STEM Office

RIMS Region 10 Newsletter 
Winter 2015/2016

Happy Winter!

The California Environmental Literacy Blueprint 

The California Environmental Literacy Blueprint provides important opportunities
to integrate environmental literacy throughout the K-12 education system. This Blueprint is a collaborative project between the California Department of Education's Environmental Literacy Task Force, the Glen Price Group and many other stake-holders statewide.

Five working teams spent over a year outlining goals and recommendations in these areas:

1. Learning Environments and Expanding Reach
2. Instructional Materials and Educator Professional Learning
3. System Integration of Environmental Literacy with Common Core, NGSS,
    STEM and other current initiatives such as EEI
4. Learning Outcomes and Monitoring and Assessment of Environmental Literacy
5. Sustainable Funding for Environmental Literacy

Bringing these Blueprint goals to fruition will require many partnerships - you are considered a valued partner and each of you is needed to make sure our students can access environmental literacy opportunities throughout their entire K-12 public school experience! 

This plan lays the groundwork for how ALL students can enjoy equal access. The outcome should be environmentally literate adults able to understand, tackle and
solve California's complex environmental concerns.

With the ongoing drought in California, this Blueprint couldn't have come at a better time. If you would like to learn more you can download the document here:

Please share this newsletter with your fellow teachers and colleagues.
Plan to attend the 2nd Annual Environmental Education Symposium at the Living Desert on February 25th to find out more about the changing environment of environmental education.  

Let us know if you are interested in bringing an EEI (Education and the Environment) Initiative Curriculum Training to your school or if you would like any support in implementing NGSS

We are here to support you!

It's going to take a village to raise an environmentally literate California.

~ Your Region 10 Coordinator, Jen Futterman
What's New in Region 10
Both county offices of education in Region 10 are working together to provide workshops to support administrators, coaches, STEM leaders and K-12 teachers in successfully implementing NGSS... 

EEC Symposium Feb. 25, 2016 

Attend the Environmental Education Collaborative Symposium to hear the latest developments in environmental education programs for youth, families and communities and participate in an inspiring and interactive...  

Annual Coachella Valley Environmental Art Contest 2016

The theme for this year's contest is WATER and DROUGHT. Submissions are due on May 20, 2016. Drop off locations include. ..   

2/18 and 2/19/2016

Surge of Interest in EEI Curriculum Units

Free Environmental Education Curriculum Materials in Demand
Materials in demand as drought, wildfires dominate California headlines

CalRecycle's Education and the Environment Initiative (EEI) is a free, state-sponsored K-12 curriculum that teaches science and history-social science standards through an environmental lens.

Environment-based instruction makes learning relevant and fun for students by engaging them in topics they care about: the air they breathe, the water they drink, and the food they eat. EEI helps students understand their relationship to the environment while preparing them to be critical thinkers and 21st century problem solvers.

Top 5 Reasons to Use EEI:
1. It's engaging.
2. Easy-to-use.
3. Supports Common Core. 
4. Convenient training options.
5. It's free!

At the website you can request free online access to all 85 units of the EEI curriculum!


Remember to register for the EEC - Environmental Education Collaborative Symposium!
The EEC Symposium is coming up soon!  Don't miss this event on Feb. 25th from 8am - 5pm at The Living Desert. Click here to register for this awesome local event!


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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.

Your CREEC Region 10 Coordinator is Jen Futterman - 
Making environmental education feel like a CREEC in the desert on a hot summer day. 

Shannon Gordon, Statewide CREEC Coordinator,
STEM Office, California Dept. of Education, 1430 N Street, Suite 4309, Sacramento, CA 95814

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