California Regional Environmental
Education Community

California Department of Education,
STEM Office

Region 7 (Central Valley) E-News   
Fall 2016  

  DWR & Project WET Science Team to Host 
Understanding Climate Change in California Workshop
DWR & Project WET Workshop
Workshop to be held on November 4, 2016

The  Climate Change Science Team from the  Department of Water Resources ( DWR)  is convening workshops on climate change and water, through the Project WET Program. Project WET is the Water Education Foundations (WEF) award winning international Program that integrates hands on teaching concepts dealing with water education. The interdisciplinary Project WET activities are correlated to Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards and are an effective tool for integrating student knowledge of water resources, with activities that include real life based scenarios that provide strong foundations for STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics) and Service-Learning programs.  Project WET activities are designed to supplement existing curriculum, including the use of EEI (Education & the Environment Initiative) curriculum units.
In the last two years, DWR has successfully conducted these workshops throughout the state, through support from DWR and WEF. The success of the workshops indicated high interest on the subject, it's relevance to the NGSS and has encouraged the DWR Climate Change Team, to continue forward with more workshops. For 2016, DWR has coordinated with WEF to host workshops in Visalia and Santa Clara.
After the summer break, Fresno will play host to one of the last workshops. This will include partners from the Tulare County Office of Education and the CREEC Network.  It will be held in Visalia, at the Tulare County Office of Education, on Friday, November 4, 2016. The deadline to register is Octoober 28, 2016.  As Californians have lived through this ongoing drought, we encourage all those in CREEC's Region 7 to come and hear from DWR's Climate Change Scientist about our current water situation. To register for this Climate Change/WET workshop

- Jody Bertolucci, CREEC Coordinator, Region 7
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CREEC Website Under Transition

The CREEC Network website is in transition. The homepage at currently displays the message "a new is coming soon."  We hope to have new, more user-friendly pages live as soon as possible. Thank you for your patience and understanding during this transition. If you have any questions, please contact Shannon Gordon, by phone at (916) 319-0190 or by email click here

Join the California Fish and Wildlife staff for a FREE evening training in Fresno or Visalia, your choice. The Salmonids in the Classroom (SIC) teacher workshops give teachers the tools they need to hatch Salmon or Trout in their classrooms and then release the young fish into the wild . . .

Environmental Education Principles and Concepts in New History and Social Science Framework

Last month the State Board of Education approved a revised History-Social Science Framework for California Public Schools, and for the first time in state history, the Framework includes five key Environmental Principles and Concepts.
These environmental principles examine the interactions and interdependence of human societies and natural systems and are presented in Appendix F of the Framework. Read the new History-Social Science Framework. 
NGSS Rollout #3
K-12 teachers, Curriculum Leaders and Administrators are encouraged to come in district teams of 4 to 6 people for two days of symposium trainings. Sponsored by the CDE, WestEd. For information and to register click here .
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.
Region 7 CREEC is housed and supported by the Fresno County Office of Education
Jody Bertolucci,

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

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