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
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.
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
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/
East Bay CUE presents Cool Tools for Learning 2015
EBCUE is proud to announce the 11th annual Cool Tools event on February 7, 2015 at Berkeley Adult School. Bring your laptop, tablet, or smart device for a day of exploration and learning. Again, we will have a mix of shorter concurrent sessions along with our longer, 2.5 hour, hands-on, intensive sessions. K-12 Educators - Come for a fun-filled day!
When: Saturday, February 7, 2015, 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Where: Berkeley Adult School 1701 San Pablo Ave. Berkeley, CA 94702
Registration: $75 Pre-Registration includes breakfast, lunch, and CUE membership (either new or one year renewal). $90 Regular Registration (Available on the day of the event).
Register online at: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/east-bay-cues-cool-tools-2015-registration-15050912685?ref=ebtnebtckt
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:
- 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
2015 PK1 Conference
The California Kindergarten Association is hosting their 33rd Annual PK1 Conference. This conference is specifically for Pre-K, TK, K and 1st grade teachers. Join early childhood experts on January 16-18 in Santa Clara. The event encludes the 26th Annual Young Children's Art Exhibit, breakout sessions and keynote speakers.
When: January 16–18, 2015
Where: Hyatt Regency Santa Clara, 5101 Great America Parkway, Santa Clara, CA 95054
Registration: For more information and to register online visit: http://www.californiakindergartenassociation.org/2015-pk1-conference/
STEM Initiatives, Networks, and Organizations
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