California Regional Environmental
Education Community

California Department of Education,
STEM Office

April 2016 Newsletter
Region 11 - Los Angeles County



"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 

- Candice Dickens-Russell, CREEC Coordinator, Region 11

What's New in Region 11

California Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education Statewide Spring Conference

April 29 - May 1, 2016

60+ environmental education workshops - Enjoy a keynote address,  live music, entertainment, exhibitors, job fair, and networking! Registration includes the conference, 5 meals, and lodging or camping. Day rates also available.

Dr. Gerald A. Lieberman, Opening Speaker, is an educational leader for the State of California's Education and the Environment Initiative (EEI), and has been involved in the California Blueprint for Environmental Literacy and the new California Science Framework. He will speak on Next Generation Science Standards and their relationship to environmental and outdoor education.

Environmental Justice Summit, April 16, 2016

Inviting all partners, educators and students!

Join  Environmental Charter Schools for an environmental justice showcase + curriculum hack. Educators, students, non-profits, businesses and government agencies will collaborate on creating community-based learning experiences on environmental issues. You'll leave with lessons, field trips and contacts to make cool projects happen! Register  here.

Environmental Charter High School
16315 Grevillea Ave, Lawndale, CA 90260
Saturday, April 16, 2016
9am-3pm, networking happy hour to follow

If you're still wondering what a "curriculum hack" is,  read more about it here.


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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.
Candice's example: In Los Angeles, CREEC is housed and supported by TreePeople. 
Candice Dickens-Russell CREEC-LA Coordinator 818.623.4876

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

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