California Regional Environmental
Education Community

California Department of Education,
STEM Office

Region 6 Newsletter 
March 2016 

Blueprint for Environmental Literacy 

"Now is the moment to elevate environmental literacy as an essential element of a 21st century education in California, and to establish the leadership, collaboration, strategic partnerships and necessary funding to ensure environmental literacy for all California students." Tom Torlakson, State Superintendent

"To become environmentally literate, learners need to engage with the environment in their classrooms, in gardens and green spaces, in their communities, at aquariums and science centers, and in wild and natural places," says Craig Strang, cochair of the Literacy Task Force and Lawrence Hall of Science associate director.

For more information. . .
Download the Blueprint for Environmental Literacy 

- Conni Bock, CREEC Coordinator, Region 6
What's New in Region 6

Floodplain and Delta Ecology Institute

Workshop combining the Delta, EEI curriculum and Project WET for fun activities and great curriculum as well as a $200 stipend.   

Earth Day Festivals

San Joaquin County:  April 24, 10:00 - 4:00,  Free event featuring educational exhibits, local agriculture and environmental groups, teacher and classroom projects, live music and food vendors.  More information. . .
Stanislaus County:  April 23, in Modesto, More information. . .

Next Generation Science Standards Symposium: Transition to Implementation Rollout #3 Training

San Joaquin County Rollout, April 13 - 14, 2016
Join science leaders at the third in a series of statewide professional learning symposia exploring the philosophy, design, awareness of and transition to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).  More information. . .

Local Events

6/  9/2016

NorCal Science Festival

The NorCal Science & Technology Festival is a free one-day celebration of science featuring lectures, presentations, hands-on activities, and special exhibitions for NorCal residents of all ages. 

The festival was the effort of a local high school student who, with the support of her teachers and local environmental providers, received a grant and organized the special day.  There were hundreds of families in attendance and it met the goals stated below.   

  • Provide an outstanding event that will attract local communities to celebrate the exciting world of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math
  • Showcase local talents through hands-on activities and demonstrations
  • Bring scientists, engineers, and STEM professionals to share their stories, passion, and expertise
  • Inspire students to consider careers in STEM
  • Encourage collaboration between the science and technology community, local school educators, and students in NorCal


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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.
In the Delta Sierra Region, CREEC is housed and supported by
San Joaquin County Office of Education.
Conni Bock, , (209) 468-9223

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

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