Contra Costa STEAM
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5th annual SF Bay Area STEAM Colloquium
January 30, 2015
Thank you to all who joined us for the 4th annual STEAM Colloquium on February 7, 2014 at the San Ramon Valley Conference Center. Resources for the colloquium can be found at www.cocoschools.org/steam_colloquium_resources.html. We look forward to seeing you next year!
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 (when adopted), 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 March 2014, nine 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.
The plan is open for public comment until Monday, August 25, 2014 at 5:00 pm. Please submit any comments and suggestions for improvement to firstname.lastname@example.org
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 will begin 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
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
Invest in California STEM Education: Innovate, Integrate, and Inspire!
The Californians Dedicated to Education Foundation, in cooperation with State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson and the Commission on the Status of Women and Girls, is proud to bring you the 2nd Annual California STEM Symposium on September 22 and 23, 2014 at the San Diego Convention Center. This Symposium will bring together 3000 teachers, administrators, students, higher education representatives, program providers, philanthropic representatives and industry representatives to engage them in STEM education by providing strategies and resources for program implementation. The Symposium will have a special focus on increasing and supporting the participation of women and girls—as well as other underrepresented groups—in STEM fields. It will also highlight leaders in classroom innovation from across the state and attract student teams to showcase critical thinking, problem solving, and teamwork.
When: September 22 and 23, 2014
Where: San Diego Convention Center
Registration: For more information and to register visti: http://cdefoundation.org/stemsymposium/
Next Generation Science Standards State Rollout Symposium
California's science education leaders from the California Department of Education, K12 Alliance, the California Science Project, Curriculum & Instruction Steering Committee, and California Science Teachers' Association present the NGSS State Rollout as a two-day workshop for school and district leaders this spring and fall. These workshops are designed for teams of teacher-leaders and administrators, ideally 5-7 from the same district. The teams are encouraged to attend together to take advantage of the benefits that accrue from working with a small learning community.
When: October 20-21, 2014 from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Where: Hilton Oakland Airport, One Hegenberger Road Oakland CA 94621
Registration: Cost is $200 per person. For more information and register visit: https://live.iplanevents.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=reg.info&event_id=2530
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
With its over-arching theme of Making, Thinking, Understanding, the conference invites educators to reflect deeply on ways to create and sustain engaging, enriching and rigorous learning opportunities. This is a fantastic opportunity to learn directly from Project Zero researchers about the tools, strategies, and frameworks that have inspired our Bay Area Community to work collectively for deeper learning for every child in every school every day.
When: October 10-12, 2014
Where: San Francisco, CA
Registration: For more information and to register visit: http://app.certain.com/profile/form/index.cfm?PKformID=0x1706600c0b4
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