California Regional Environmental
Education Community

California Department of Education,
STEM Office

Breaking News for Region 5
November 2015 

STEM and the Environment  

As a recent article in the Guardian pointed out, "while surveys show that the great majority would like to see the living planet protected, few are prepared to take action. This... reflects a second environmental crisis: the removal of children from the natural world. The young people we might expect to lead the defence of nature have less and less to do with it." Though we increasingly see this problem across nations, we do have the resources here and now to solve it. And CREEC is here to connect you to them.

STEM-based environmental education is an amazing path to the outdoors, where students can hone data collection and analysis skills, master new tools and technology, and engineer solutions to environmental challenges. 

Don't miss the upcoming STEM and Environmental Science EXPO in Santa Cruz County and other local resources for building a STEM bridge from the classroom into nature. Read on for events and resources you won't want to miss, and search CREEC's resource directory to find even more!

- Amity Sandage, CREEC Coordinator, Region 5 
STEM and EE Resource Highlights

Last Chance to Register for the STEM and Environmental Science EXPO on November 14

This Santa Cruz County-based free mini-conference will feature engaging science experiences, a resource showcase and collaboration among educators. Space is limited . . .

Read more about the free STEM and EE EXPO (PDF OR Opens in a new window or tab)

Bay Area E-STEM Institute: An Environmental STEM Education Resource Hub for Teachers

Explore this online collection of education resources on climate change, sustainability and the planet's geospheres. BAESI also offers teacher workshops . . .   

Read more about the Bay Area E-STEM Institute's resources 

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Looking for an Engaging and Meaningful Field Experience that Connects to Real Data?

Become a LiMPETS teacher! This unique program gives you training and tools to study coastal ecology, monitor wildlife populations, and access over a decade of real data . . .   

Read more about teacher training for LiMPETS monitoring 

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Upcoming Webinars: Using EEI for Project-Based Learning

Join Jim Bentley, National Faculty for the Buck Insitute for Education and EEI Teacher Ambassador, as he highlights how his classroom integrates math, science, inquiry, reading and writing with EEI's curriculum. . .   

Read more about Project-Based learning and EEI Curriculum 

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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 Region 5, CREEC is housed and supported by Santa Cruz County Office of Education
Amity Sandage, Region 5 CREEC Coordinator,  831-466-5711

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

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