Contra Costa STEAM
5th Annual SF Bay Area STEAM Colloquium
Full STEAM Ahead: Designing for Learning
January 30, 2015
The 5th annual STEAM Colloquium was held on January 30, 2015 at the San Ramon Marriott.
The 2015 colloquium included the following strands:
- Designing for the Future
- Designing for Early Learners
- Designing for Integration
- Designing for Leading
For information about sponsorship opportunities and future events, 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.
Artist Laurie Marshall was inspired by her experience at the STEAM Colloquium and created her interpretation of the 2015 STEAM colloquium. Visit her work at www.UnityThroughCreativity.net and www.CreatePeaceProject.org
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.
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
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
California NGSS State Rollout #2
Save the Date for the NGSS Statewide Rollout Phase 2. This two-day Symposia will be offered several times around the state. Come explore the next steps in the journey toward NGSS Implementation. This is a collaborative effort that includes the California Department of Education, California Science Project, California Science Teachers Association, Curriculum and Instruction Steering Committee, and the K-12 Alliance/WestEd.
Each district is encouraged to bring a team of 4-6 including an administrator, high school science teacher, middle school science teacher, elementary teacher and other science leaders in your district.
When: September 15 & 16, 2015, 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (7:30 check-in/continental breakfast)
Where: CSU, East Bay
25800 Carlos Bee Blvd., Hayward, CA 94542
Registration: For more information, other dates and location, and online registration go to: https://www.regonline.com/builder/site/Default.aspx?EventID=1694944
Expanding your Horizons 2015 Conference
Expanding Your Horizons (EYH) is a conference specially designed for middle school girls. Our mission is to inspire girls to recognize their potential and pursue opportunities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
When: Saturday, May 2, 2015, 8:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Where: Diablo Valley College 321 Golf Club Road Pleasant Hill, CA 94523
Registration: For more information and online registration go to: www.expandingyourhorizons.org/conferences/DVC/page2.php
Download the event flyer here
Maker Fair Bay Area
Celebrate a decade of making at the Maker Faire Bay Area 2015. Join makers from around the bay area and the world as they showcase their creativity and resourcefulness.
When: May 16 & 17, 2015
Where: San Mateo Event Center 1346 Saratoga Dr San Mateo, CA 94403
Registration: For more information go to: http://makerfaire.com/
CSUEB Math Workshops
CSUEB is offering two math workshops this summer. Both workshops will be held at Pittsburg High School from 8:30 am to 3:30 PM, Monday - Thursday. The workshops are free and teachers can earn a $500 stipend.
- Strengthening Algebra II Instruction: July 21-24, 2015, 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
- Strengthening Geometry Instruction: July 27-30, 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Where: Pittsburg High School, 1750 Harbor Street, Pittsburg, CA 94565
Registration: Download the registration forms:
Space is limited, sign up early. For more information, contact Janet Snyder at Janet.Snyder@csueastbay.edu
Inventing our Future: Integrated Learning Summer Institute
Save the date for Inventing our Future 2015 at the Chabot Space and Science Center, sponsored by Alameda County Office of Education. Join educators on August 11–13, while building collaborative relationships and professional practice.
The institute promotes the thoughtful alignment of content standards, assessments and powerful learning across the curriculum through an engaging and cost-effective professional development model. Inventing Our Future is a project of the Alameda County Office of Education in partnership with Contra Costa, San Francisco, Napa, Marin, Solano and San Mateo County Offices of Education, in the CCSESA Region 4.
When: August 11–13, 2015
Where: The Chabot Space and Science Center
10000 Skyline Blvd, Oakland, CA 94619
Registration: For more information and online registration go to: www.peahttp://www.artiseducation.org/what-we-do/our-programs/inventing-our-future-2015
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