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Contra Costa County Office of Education's STEAM initiative

California Conditions of Learning Symposium:
Engage, Teach, and Lead
January 28, 2016

To build capacity through integrative and innovative practices that support
professional learning and student achievement.

San Ramon Valley Conference Center
3301 Crow Canyon Rd, San Ramon, CA

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STEAM inspirationContra Costa County Office of Education's (CCCOE) STEAM initiative embraces the integration of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics to engage all students in authentic learning experiences aligned with the California Standards. Our goal is to support districts with professional learning opportunities, instructional resources and regional collaboration as they develop STEAM programs that prepare all students for future careers.

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 and

CCCOE's STEAM initiative 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.
  • Collaborating with our districts to offer inspirational and challenging STEAM programs including integrated curriculum, extra-curricular activities and real-world applications.
  • Supporting professional development, seminars and other outreach activities to educators, parents and community members.

What is STEAM

STEAM is an educational movement that 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. STEAM is more than the individual subjects. It is the intentional integration of core content with art inspiring all students to think deeply, develop creative solutions, and aspire to a greater future.

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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 State Standards, Next Generation Science Standards, Visual and Performing Art Standards.

Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) Updates

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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

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

Next Generation Science Standards Resources

California Standards

The California 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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STEAM Newsletter Archive

STEAM Monthly Newsletter
October 2015 August 2015
April 2015 December 2014
November 2014 October 2014
August 2014 May 2014
January 2014 March 2014
December 2013 October 2013
September 2013 Summer 2013
May 2013 March 2013
January 2013 December 2012
October 2012 September 2012
April 2012 June 2012
January 2nd Annual STEAM Colloquium 2012 March 2012

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