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Region 7 (Central Valley) E-News  
September 2015 
It's All About WATER and the Environment

  DWR & Project WET Science Team to Host 
Understanding Climate Change in California Workshop
DWR & Project WET Workshop  

DWR's Climate Change Science Team is convening four 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.
Last year two pilot workshops were conducted in Oroville and Visalia, through support from DWR and WEF. The success of the workshops indicated high interest on the subject to encourage the DWR Climate Change Team to continue forward with more workshops. For 2015, DWR has coordinated with WEF on workshops in Los Angeles, Bishop and is looking forward to workshops Fresno and Redding this September. The first workshop was held on April 25 at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles in coordination with Heal the Bay and USC-Sea Grant and was well-received by teachers and local educators who work in Los Angeles, as well as those working in schools in San Diego, Santa Clarita, Palmdale, Chino and Avalon (Santa Catalina Island). The last workshop was held June 15, in Bishop at the Paiute Shoshone Cultural Center in the Eastern Sierra Nevada region with project partners from the Bishop Paiute Tribe and the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection.
After the summer break, Fresno will play host to one of the last workshops. This will include partners from the Fresno County Office of Education and the CREEC Network.  It will be held at Scout Island's Education Center, on September 19, 2015. As Californians have lived through one of the driest years on record, 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 click here

- Jody Bertolucci, CREEC Coordinator, Region 7
News in Region 7

Free EEI Training at the Fossil Discovery Center September 23, 2015

Join CalRecycle's Teacher Ambassadors for this FREE afterschool workshop. The Education and the Environment Initiative (EEI) is a free, state-sponsored K-12 curriculum that teaches science and history-social science standards through an environmental lens. Environment-based instruction makes learning relevant . . . 
Read more about EEI Training at the Fossil Discovery Cente(PDF opens in a new window or tab)
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 . . .
(PDF opens in a new window or tab)

Next Gen Science Standards Statewide Rollout 2 - October 15 & 16, 2015

Grade 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 . . .   
Read more about NGSS Roll Out Phase 2  (PDF opens in a new window or tab)


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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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