In part three of our series highlighting the California Regional Environment Education Community (CREEC) Network Program, we interviewed Crystal Starr Howe, head of CREEC’s Southern Megaregion. Crystal Starr Howe is the Environmental Literacy Coordinator for the San Diego Office of Education, where she supports educators in integrating environmental education to inspire student-led climate action. Crystal … READ MORE
In Part Two of our series highlighting the California Regional Environment Education Community (CREEC) Network Program, we’ll focus on the CREEC Central hub. Tamara Basepayne is currently helping to lead the CREEC Central Hub. She is the Director of STEM and Outdoor Education for the San Joaquin County Office of Education (SJCOE) and has 14 … READ MORE
John Sanders is the founder and director of the Delphinus School of Natural History, a regional outdoor science education program in San Luis Obispo for elementary and middle school students. Much like the constellation it’s named after, Delphinus guides students toward a greater understanding of the world we all navigate.
Science gives us critical clues to understanding the complex web of the natural world, how it works, and how we can embrace our role in it. That’s why Dr. Suzanne Pierre, a member of CAELI’s leadership council and environmental science educator at San Francisco’s Exploratorium Teacher Institute, believes curiosity and connection are the basis for understanding and action, especially on climate issues. In this Q&A, Sue shares her background as a microbial ecology researcher and woman of color, and how that informs her work to support teachers as they incorporate hands-on, inquiry-rich experiences into their classrooms.
Educators are drawing from the emerging field of biomimicry to engage young people in the STEAM fields through real-life connections. This short film features a December 2019 professional development training for educators—hosted by CAELI members Inside the Outdoors and Ten Strands, in partnership with the Biomimicry Institute and Bioneers—and how biomimicry serves as a powerful component of environmental literacy.