Contra Costa STEAM
5th Annual SF Bay Area STEAM Colloquium
Full STEAM Ahead: Designing for Learning
January 30, 2015
Join us for the 5th annual STEAM Colloquium on January 30, 2015 at the San Ramon Marriott.
This year's colloquium includes the following strands:
- Designing for the Future
- Designing for Early Learners
- Designing for Integration
- Designing for Leading
Requests for presenters, resources and the STEAM Gallery are now available. You can download the application here and/or contact for more information.
Registration fees are $75 and include breakfast and lunch.
For information about sponsorship opportunities, contact Hilary Dito at (925) 942-3396. Be sure to follow the STEAM Colloquium updates on its web page and Twitter #steamcolloq.
Contra Costa County Office Of Education STEAM is a leader in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics Education for the Contra Costa County School Districts and the region by developing opportunities, providing resources and fostering communication among STEAM and Educational professionals that prepare all students to become successful members of a rapidly emerging technological world.
Contra Costa County Office Of Education STEAM supports the academic success of our districts by
- Providing high-quality, timely communication to educators via the STEAM website, the STEAM e-newsletter and leadership organizations regarding STEAM resources and opportunities.
- Creating partnerships with business and community organizations to provide professional development, outreach programs and other STEAM events
- Offering inspirational and challenging STEAM programs throughout the educational process (pre-K through 16) including integrated curriculum, extra-curricular activities and real-world applications.
- Supporting professional development, seminars and other outreach activities to educators, parents and community members.
STEAM engages students in integrated learning as they explore the world around them, create innovative solutions to problems and communicate their results while learning Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math. The following sites provide resources on integrating Art into STEM.
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STANDARDS related to STEAM
The standards are an essential component to any high quality STEAM program. STEAM should include both content standards and practice standards. Curriculum should be aligned to Common Core State Standards, Next Generation Science Standards, Visual and Performing Art Standards.
Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) Updates
The California State Board of Education (CDE) unanimously voted to adopt Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) for California K-12 in September 2013. As of July, 2014, 12 states and Washington D.C. have adopted NGSS. Follow the latest news.
Public Comment Now Open for CDE's NGSS Implementation Plan
The California Department of Education released the first draft of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) Systems Implementaiton Plan for California in July. The plan is available online at the CDE Next Generation Science Standards Website.
Framework for New Science Assessments Released by National Research Council
The National Research Council (NRC) has released Developing Assessments for the Next Generation Science Standards, a framework of recommendations for the development of new science assessments. The framework makes recommendations for a new system of science assessments and includes guidance and strategies for classroom embedded and large scale assessments. The full report can be found at http://www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=18409.
The NRC framework for assessment is different than the Science Framework for California Public Schools which provides support and guidance for classroom instruction as well as publishes criteria for instructional materials. The revision of the California Science Framework to align with the NGSS began in January 2014 with regional Science Framework Focus Group Meetings. More information about these activities can be found at http://www.cde.ca.gov/ci/sc/cf/.
Next Generation Science Standards Resources
Common Core State Standards (CCSS)
The Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts (including literacy in Social Studies, Science and Technology) and Mathematics were adopted by California in 2010. The CCSS should be the foundation of any STEAM program.
Visual and Performing Art Standards
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Upcoming Events and News
FREE in-School Field Trip Programs for Public Schools
Spring Deadline December 1
Are you a public school teacher in Alameda or Contra Costa County? East Bay Regional Park District brings field trips to your students, free of charge! The programs are curriculum-based, and for grades pre-K through 6.
- Mobile Visitor Center: Choose from 6 program options, all based on curriculum and brought directly to your classroom!
- Mobile Fish Exhibit: A GIANT aquarium provides school yard assemblies all day. Students learn how to solve our litter problem.
Get more information and sign up today!
Astronomy in the Classroom for Pre-service Teachers Workshop
Specifically designed for pre-service K-12 teachers, this workshop will engage participants in inquiry-based teaching methods for presenting earth and space science content and NASA developed education resources useful in the classroom. This professional-development opportunity includes a general introduction to basic concepts in astronomy, including the pedagogy of conducting hands-on activities, which emphasize science practices in the context of the Framework for K-12 Science Education and the Next Generation Science Standards, and connections to the Common Core Standards.
When: Saturday, November 15, 2014, 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Where: College of San Mateo Science Department and Planetarium,
1700 West Hillsdale Blvd., San Mateo, CA 94402
Registration: For more information and to register online, visit: http://www.astrosociety.org/education/k12-educators/
Project Wet Workshop
The Contra Costa Water District and Water Education Foundation invite you to attend a Project WET workshop in Concord. This very interactive and interdisciplinary workshop will allow you to experience Project WET activities designed to engage your students in current drought and water conservation news, while building and applying knowledge and skills in multiple subject areas.
Participants will leave with a guide and access to 120 activities. The workshop is free and includes lunch. If you are interested in attending, just e-mail your name, address, phone number and the name of the school where you teach to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than November 7, 2014
When: Saturday, November 15, 2014, 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Where: Contra Costa Water District, 1331 Concord Ave., Concord, CA 94520
Registration: If you are interested in attending, just e-mail your name, address, phone number and the name of the school where you teach to email@example.com no later than November 7.
Mathematics for Young Children:
Free Workshop Series for Early Childhood Educators
Supporting Young Children's Learning – (Preschool – Transitional Kindergarten)
Learn how to support young children in:
- Number Sense: Tuesday, December 2, 2014
- Geometry: February 26, 2015
- Measurement: April 30, 2015
You may register for one, two or all three of the trainings.
Register online at: https://earlymathworkshopseries.eventbrite.com
Download the event flyer here
Peak Student Energy Actions
Teacher Orientation and Training: Saturday, December 6th!
We are excited to announce that a PEAK Teacher Orientation and Training is scheduled for Saturday, December 6th in uptown Oakland from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. The PEAK Program has been at capacity for the past year and now we are thrilled to enroll new educators! Please join us, or share this opportunity with your contacts who may be interested in joining the PEAK community.
- Learn how to make the science of energy more engaging!
- Meet standards, including NGSS and CCSS!
- Get students to take action to save energy and help the environment!
- Inspire students to become environmental stewards and explore green careers!
When: Saturday, December 6, 2014, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Where: 2201 Broadway, Suite 214, Oakland, CA 94612
Registration: Register online at: http://www.peakstudents.org/teachers/norcal_register.asp
Blueprint for STEM in California
On June 30, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson released INNOVATE: A Blueprint for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics in California Public Education at the Exploratorium in San Francisco. “California is in a new era of education where getting students ready for college and career means acknowledging the needs of tomorrow's workforce,” Torlakson said. “The new Blueprint for STEM will help us chart that course for the future and meet that demand.”
The report was produced by the superintendent's STEM Task Force, which Torlakson and Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla charged two years ago with drafting a new vision and direction for STEM education in the state.
Read the CDE News Release here
NSTA Area Conference on Science Education
(in collaboration with CSTA)
CSTA is partnering with the National Science Teachers Association to produce the 2014 NSTA Long Beach Area Conference – in Collaboration with CSTA! There will be no California Science Education Conference in 2014. As a part of the collaboration, CSTA and NSTA are offering a joint membership (more information available here)
CSTA members enjoy affiliate member rates for conference registration
(save $90 on full registration)
When: December 4–6, 2014
Where: Long Beach, CA
Registration: For more information and to register visit: http://www.cascience.org/csta/conf_home14.asp
For First Generation, African American, Latino, Asian American, Native American, and Pacific Islander Students and their Families
Educational and college-related workshops for students of all ages College and Resource Fair showcasing Northern CSU campuses, community colleges and area vendors
When: January 31, 2015, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Where: California State University Easy Bay
Registration: Register online at: http://www20.csueastbay.edu/events/education-summit/
STEM Initiatives, Networks, and Organizations
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Pre K-12 STEAM Resources
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