California Regional Environmental
Education Community

California Department of Education,
STEM Office

Region 7 (Central Valley) E-News   
Fall 2016  

National Momentum for EE is Growing

In December 2015, President Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), new federal legislation designed to replace the previous "No Child Left Behind" law. ESSA, paired with new standards in language arts, math, history/social-science, and particularly in science education open new opportunities to integrate EE into a students' K-12 education. 
In response to these opportunities, a number of national organizations including the North American Association for Environmental Education and Project Learning Tree have helped launch the Superintendent's Environmental Education Collaborative. The collaborative is co-chaired by Dr. Kevin Maxwell, chief executive officer of Prince George's County Public Schools in Maryland, and Region 4's Anne Campbell, superintendent of San Mateo County Schools.
According to Dr. Maxwell, "This is an historic opportunity to facilitate an ongoing conversation between superintendents and environmental partners and to leverage ESSA funding to help environmental literacy efforts. The Collaborative will seek to create robust, real-world learning experiences that bolster STEM learning, civic engagement, and prepare students for the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century workforce."
For more information about this exciting national development please read the Superintendent's Environmental Education Collaborative press release.

- Jody Bertolucci, CREEC Coordinator, Region 7
More News and Events

The state-wide  website has relaunched with updated regional pages. Take a look at Region 7's page with upcoming events, grant opportunities and featured providers. Contact Jody Bertolucci or Sonya Forceif you have something you'd like to share on our Central Valley page. Meanwhile, stay tuned for the updated resource directory coming soon
Focusing on environmental solutions, teachers grade 6-8 can learn to use storytelling and filmmaking in their classrooms to develop an NGSS experience and access ready-to-use activities. School teams are encouraged to apply. For more information on this Fresno workshop, go to Green Ninja or contact Huong Cheng for questions. To apply click here. Space is limited.

Concord Consortium's - Water SCIENCE Institute Offers $1200 Stipend for Middle School Teacher

Water Ed "Supporting Collaborative Inquiry, Engineering & Career Exploration" or SCIENCE for short, is a two-day Institute designed to help you develop, test and implement water science, engineering practices and careers for middle school. Receive class water testing kits, digital scopes, portal access and curriculum. For information or to register contact the Central Valley Science Project Director
Engineering for Primary or Elementary Grades - 
Create a classroom of engineers. Teachers will learn to present exciting challenges that offer problem solving  experience. Focus will be on activities and co-planning for the classroom. This will show real-world connections, E.L. applications, universal learning design and 21st century skills. Receive a one-year membership to Treasures for Teachers. For questions or to register  contact 
This project-based, environmentally focused competition for grades 4-6, offers a means to facilitate standards-based content, while developing a core understanding of environmental principles, all with the focus on caring for water. Students must implement a 4-8 week project, exploring local and global water resources, while tackling local water problems. Prizes range from $3500 to $1000. For details click here
You are Invited to join the Merced Environmental Literacy Collective as they visit the Westside Wetlands this fall. The tour will begin at the the Grassland Environmental Education Center, as students are visiting, and travel to the Tule Elk Preserve, at the San Luis Wildlife Refuge. Local speakers will enrich the experience. For details conta ct Jeanne Knapp or Candace Sigmond , of the Merced Collective.  
During the Fair's Education Days, Environmental Educators and stakeholders in water and wildlife conservation provided hands-on learning activities for over 33,000 students!  A special thanks goes to the Meyers Waterbank and Wildlife Project for their sponsorship of the event, the Fair's Water Conservation Exhibit and to the Fresno Metropolitan Flood Control District, Birds of Prey, Sierra Foothill Conservancy and the Fresno County Office of Education. For information on how to attend this FREE event click here .
Environmental Education for Non-Formal Educators February 16, 2017
This workshop is strictly for Non-Formal Environmental Educators looking for tools to support the transition of their programs to the new standards. Must be familiar with the NGSS and the 3-dimensions. Details to follow. For more information contact Jody Bertolucci or Sonya Force directly.  

Department of Water Resource = Free Resources! 
Water Education Check-out Kit

The Department of Water Resources (DWR) is responsible for managing and protecting California's water resources, but did you know the agency provides free water education materials for schools and the general public alike? Some of the materials are published in Spanish. It also organizes campaigns to conserve water in California, manages reservoirs and visitors centers, plans for flood control, and more. To learn more about the amazing array of resources and support for California residents to conserve our water resources, visit:  

If you would like a free packet of some of their water education materials or would like to check-out the DWR funded Water Education Kit (pictured above) for you classroom, contact


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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.

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

Region 7 CREEC is housed and supported by the Fresno County Office of Education,
Jody Bertolucci,

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