California Regional Environmental
Education Community

California Department of Education,
STEM Office

CREEC Region 5 Newsletter 
Santa Cruz, Santa Clara, Monterey and San Benito Counties
Fall 2016  

New Year, New Website (coming soon!)      

You may have noticed that our CREEC website is in transition. You will be receiving another email very soon announcing the new site. Be sure to check the Grants and Contests page when you get the announcment. The Event Calendar and Resource Directory are undergoing significant upgrades and will be coming back online later this academic year. In the meantime, I will do my best to inform you of opportunities via this newsletter and on the Region 5 page of the new website. Always feel free to reach out to me via email. I will do my best to help you and your students.

- Amity Sandage, CREEC Coordinator, Region 5
What's New in Region 5  

Grants for Clean Air Projects

Deadline: October 28
The Air District invites students and teachers in Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz Counties to apply for grants that use creativity and imagination, to help the District improve air quality and build a better future with informed and motivated young people. Click on the flyer or Application Guidelines to find out more.

Funding Available for Environmental Projects

Deadline: November 1
The WHALE TAILĀ® grants program is accepting applications to support projects encouraging people to value and take action to improve the health of California's coast, marine life, or watersheds that connect with the California coast. Educational projects improving the quality of beaches or coastal or marine habitats are also eligible. There is also a special subcategory for projects addressing climate change and/or ocean acidification. Emphasis is on reaching underserved students or members of the public.

Applications mailed to the California Coastal Commission must be postmarked by November 1, 2016. Nonprofits, schools, and government agencies may apply. Applicants may request up to $50,000, and 25-50% of the funding will be allocated in small grants up to $12,000.

Professional Development Series: Use the Education and the Environment Initiative (EEI) to Transition to NGSS

Dates: Oct 20, Nov 17, Jan 26, Feb 9, Mar 9
Location: Watsonville (Open to all Districts)
Learn about the Education and the Environment Initiative (EEI), a free K-12 environment-based curriculum. Five dates are provided for three different grade bands throughout the school year so you can attend the training best for you. October 20 is geared to grades 3-5. Training will include use of EEI materials as a transitional tool for the Next Generation Science Standards, as well as ways it supports Common Core ELA, Science Literacy Standards and History Standards.

Local Events and Professional Development
Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education's Northern Section Fall Conference
Location: Walden West , Saratoga
Trails throughout the Saratoga hills, adjacent to Sanborn County Park, provide outdoor classrooms rich in diversity of plant and animal life. Registration includes 20+ environmental education workshops, 5 meals (Saturday breakfast, lunch & dinner, and Sunday breakfast & lunch), Saturday Night Campfire entertainment, and tent camping or dorm accommodations.
Green Ninja Workshop - Using Storytelling and Film-Making in an NGSS Classroom
Location: San Jose State University, San Jose
This workshop for teachers of grades 6-8 prepares teachers to use storytelling and film-making in their science classrooms. Science focus area includes environmental solutions. Develop an NGSS learning experience and access ready-to-use teaching activities. Includes $150 stipend and option to pilot related NGSS learning sequence during the Spring, 2017. First preference will be given to teams of two or more teachers from the same school.  See  Green Ninja Flyer  for more details. 
Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute Open House
Location: Moss Landing 
MBARI staff, scientists, and engineers will share their knowledge and enthusiasm about oceanographic research at this special event. Highlights include science exhibits, technology demonstrations, deep-sea videos, presentations about research, robotic submarines, and children's activities. This free event is fun for the whole family!
Next Generation Science in the Garden for Grades K-5
Location: UCSC Life Lab Garden, Santa Cruz
Head outside and put earth and life back into Earth and Life Science! Using activities from Life Lab's award-winning activity guides, participants in this workshop learn to use a garden as a meaningful context in which their students can engage in Next Generation Science and Engineering Practices to examine Disciplinary Core Ideas and Cross-Cutting Concepts. Where better to explore ecological interdependence, growth and development of organisms, structure and function, adaptation, and more than in an outdoor garden classroom?
Place-Based Learning with Local Fossil Kits (NGSS aligned for Grades 3-5)
Location: Santa Cruz County Office of Education, Santa Cruz
Fossils are a charismatic gateway to studying many topics in the life and earth sciences, and therefore offer diverse opportunities for aligning with Next Generation Science Standards. This workshop will provide teachers with information on local fossils and an introduction to paleontology so that they can use kits of real fossils (provided to schools with at least 3 participating teachers)  to implement lesson plans aligned to NGSS. As a result of attending, the participant teachers will have the skills, knowledge, and training to successfully implement lessons on fossils and paleontology in their classroom.

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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, 

Shannon Gordon, CREEC Network State Contact,
STEM Office, California Dept. of Education, 1430 N Street, Suite 4309, Sacramento, CA 95814

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