California Regional Environmental
Education Community

California Department of Education,
STEM Office

January 2016 Newsletter
Region 11 - Los Angeles County

T he CaliforniEnvironmental Education Foundation, in partnershiwitLos Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP)invites educators who teach studentin grades 4-12 at schools in Los Angeles County, to participatin an engaginthree-Saturday TeacheInstitute utilizing investigation-focused pedagogto maximize collaborativlearning in environmental education and place-based stewardship.

Three Saturdays: February 6; March 12; May 21, 2016
8:00 am - 5:00 pm (registration opens at 7:30 am)

Los Angeles Department of Water and Power
111 North Hope Street, Los Angeles 90012

For more information and to register click here.

- Candice Dickens-Russell, CREEC Coordinator, Region 11
What's New in Region 11

ARCSA Rainwater Catchment Workshop

This two day AP-level workshop is an in-depth rainwater harvesting course required for those seeking ARCSA Accredited Professional (AP) status. This course provides attendees with knowledge for rainwater harvesting, both active and passive, design for both outdoor and in-home rainwater use, sanitation for potable uses, rules and regulations, guidelines, business management, project planning, site planning and installation, safety, system construction and maintenance. 

Generation Earth Water Wise Campus Workshop

* Understand the dynamics of urban watersheds in Los Angeles County
* Utilize watershed management techniques to restore your watershed
* Positively affect water quality in Los Angeles County
* Prevent water pollution in Los Angeles County
* Survey water flow across your campus
* Qualify for a free bus for a project-related field trip 
* Qualify for a $200 Visa gift card for materials.

 Getting a GRIP on Groundwater: Project WET & EEI Workshop  

Join us as we weave Science and Engineering Practices (SEPs) and Cross Cutting Concepts into the engaging content (DCIs) already featured in two outstanding and proven curricular tools: Project Wet and California's place-based EEI. We will use 3 example lessons to illustrate how NGSS style three-dimensional learning looks, sounds, & feels in real classrooms as we learn how the Water Replenishment District manages groundwater in the Los Angeles Basin.

Local Events

Meet Hippo Works: Eco Themed Animation

Hippo Works, an eco kids animation studio in Venice, CA, has created a half-hour cartoon, game, and eBook (with Next Gen and Common Core Standards) to help educators teach and inspire kids about the climate and how to help make a difference. 

Simon Says "Save The Climate! " has been featured nationally at NASA,  Green Festivals , and at the UN's Climate Week. The program is offered for free or by donation. Click to see the trailer and reviews, your students will love it!


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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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