Join us for our Lunch Bites Series! Even as the news is changing daily, what remains is the need within our community to feel connected to each other, grow professionally, and share resources. Take a stretch break, grab your lunch, and learn with us as we examine the realities and opportunities of delivering lessons in any learning environment.
This episode features the California Science Center, the Lawrence Hall of Science, and the Exploratorium. We discuss creative opportunities for partnering with community educators as the Expanded Learning Division at the California Department of Education administers a significant amount of grant funding to address learning loss and recovery.
Jessica Sawko, Associate Director of the California STEM Network, and Juanita Chan, STEM and College and Careers Pathway Coordinator for Rialto Unified School District, join us. We discuss rethinking inclusive practices for a post-distance learning world, and they give tips for advocating for science no matter your role in education.
Our guests also talk about the challenge with measuring potential learning loss and the need for assessments to provide data points to inform the LCAP process occurring now in districts. Both guests also share tools to assist educators in advocating for Science.
Note: This was recorded while the state was still in negotiations with the U.S. Department of Education regarding the State Board approved plan for assessment for the 2020/2021. For the latest information on science and other state testing requirements for 2020/2021, please visit CDE’s website.
“I am optimistic. We went through a really hard time this last year and I am optimistic that we are going to rebuild better and that this is an opportunity for us to really think about what is best for kids, families, and teachers. People are really understanding the benefits are starting early and I’m really hopeful that this will turn into action.”
We are excited to share our conversation with 49ers EDU team members Sofy Navarro, Senior Manager, and Sara Jin, Lead Educator. In this episode, we discuss their pivot from in-person learning experiences to inspiring digital learning, how to be more inclusive of females in STEAM, and some great engaging resources for your learning environment.
“The other thing you can do is to practice self-compassion. Love yourself. Be kind to yourself. Extend the grace you would afford to anyone else going through tremendous turmoil to yourself. You’re worth it!”
Dr. Jacquelyn Ollison is the Program Director of the California Teacher Residency Lab at CDE Foundation. She is a committed educator with extensive education experience as a teacher and school site, district, and state administrator. Dr. Jacquelyn Ollison addresses the issue of compassion fatigue, and how teachers suffer from the emotional labor of serving their students.
Podcast Episode 8: Early Education & STEAM “Every last one of us is responsible for the world we live in. When we are asking our children to be better than that, we should be asking ourselves the same thing. Despite everything that is going on…a pandemic, a fiscal depression, serious climate change, and civil unrest, we have to see another way… We have created this. If we want to create a different reality, THIS is the day we do it. And I’m thinking ahead about STEAM and the Symposium. This is the time to think about how we do this better.”
Carla Bryant is the Executive Director and creator of the District Innovation and Leadership for Early Education (DIAL EE) supporting school districts as they create and implement effective early learning structures that assist children from communities with less social, political, and monetary capital build a strong educational foundation.
Podcast Episode 7: Culturally Relevant Phenomena In Science This week’s episode features Dr. Leena Bakshi, founder and executive director of the nonprofit, STEM 4 Real. She introduces the concept of culturally relevant phenomena and provides tangible examples of how educators can use them in their classrooms. She also addresses anti-racism in STEM classrooms and shares her reflections on our Building Community With STEAM Pre-Conference in August.
Jean Ryoo’s Recommended Reading List:
“Race After Technology” by Ruha Benjamin
“Weapons of Mass Destruction” by Margaret Vandenburg
“Stuck in the Shallow End” by Jane Morgolis and her team
“Algorithms of Oppression” by Safiya Umoja Noble
“Automating Inequality” by Virginia Eubanks
Peer mentoring is a form of mentoring that encourages a give-and-take dynamic, where both people offer advice and learn from each other. We are launching this new, free program with the goal of connecting and activating our amazing STEAM Community during a challenging time where many people feel isolated.
All STEAM enthusiasts are welcome to participate in this asset-based program to share their strengths and:
Develop a safe space for candid conversations with your peer.
Create new caring, supporting, and thought-provoking connections.
Engage with diverse perspectives.
Promote inclusive practices focused on educational equity.
Explore and problem-solve for current challenges.
Advance high impact STEAM education for our most underserved students.
You will be matched with a peer after you complete the Peer Mentoring Enrollment Form. After pairs are announced later in March 2021, you and your peer will define your own goals, meeting frequency, and establish your own plan for the peer mentoring experience. Pairs are encouraged to meet at least 1x per month or as frequently as they see fit from April until August 2021.
The STEAM Symposium is co-hosted by the Californians Dedicated to Education Foundation, the California Department of Education and the California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls.
CDEF works to create programs to increase educational opportunities and success for California’s students. CDEF’s vision is that every public school in California has engaged students, effective teachers and leaders, enriching environments where every student can reach his or her full potential, and supportive communities that believe in the value and quality of public education.
California Department of Education – California will provide a world-class education for all students, from early childhood to adulthood. The Department of Education serves our state by innovating and collaborating with educators, schools, parents, and community partners. Together, as a team, we prepare students to live, work, and thrive in a multicultural, multilingual, and highly connected world.
California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls – For more than 50 years, the California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls has identified and worked to eliminate inequities in state laws, practices, and conditions that affect California’s women and girls. Established as a state agency with 17 appointed commissioners in 1965, the Commission regularly assesses gender equity in health, safety, employment, education, and equal representation in the military, and the media. The Commission provides leadership through research, policy and program development, education, outreach and collaboration, advocacy, and strategic partnerships.
Our team is incredibly thankful to our corporate sponsors, philanthropic partners, and public sector allies across the state. With your support, the California STEAM Symposium is able to reach, educate, and engage thousands of participants each year! We appreciate and thank you!
Interested in sponsoring the 2021 California STEAM Symposium? Contact [email protected] to learn more about our Sponsorship & Marketing Opportunities and the variety of ways your organization can engage with the Symposium!
Collaboration. This is the event to uncover connections and expand networks. Collaboration is key to the future success of STEAM education community.
Innovation. Parents, students, educators, administrators, community leaders, and many others who impact student lives are brimming with ideas to advance STEAM. We want to know about them.
Local Impact. The symposium equips attendees with actionable strategies they can implement in their districts, schools and communities.
Asset-Based. Everyone’s talents matter. The contributions of varied perspectives, experiences and backgrounds enrich the Symposium’s commitment to promoting equity.
Learner-Driven. There are many learning styles and the Symposium keeps this in mind when developing and executing this annual event, creating opportunities to engage with participants – from students to life-time learners.
Professional. The Symposium is a high-quality, specialized environment – from the venue space to the presenters, from the thematic strands to the sponsors, and overall event experience.
California Educators, from PK-12, who have, currently are or plan to align their curriculum and instruction with STEAM learning and opportunities, the Environmental Principles and Concepts (EP&Cs), and the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Particularly, those seeking curricular integration and Maker-driven learning environments.
California’s District and County Curriculum Administrators working to challenge today’s students and better prepare them for college and 21st-century careers, scale STEAM professional learning and discover ways to broaden quality STEAM education on a systemic level.
Higher-Education Professionals leading pre-service teaching programs and other pathways to increase and improve the STEAM educator pipeline, as well as those working on inclusive recruitment and persistence initiatives for STEAM majors.
National and California Associations and Non-Profit Organizations that promote STEAM awareness and solutions in California schools.
Community Programs and Foundations that are looking to support and partner with California educators and school districts on successful, scalable programs.
Educational Technology Companies promoting new ways of learning—in and out of the classroom.
STEAM Industry Business Partners who understand the importance of strong STEAM learning and skills needed to succeed in our 21st-century world.
Policymakers who work on innovative partnerships with STEAM industry partners, local schools and districts, and government to support accessible and equitable student learning and STEAM-career experience.
The California STEAM Symposium is lead by CDE Foundation staff and supported by a dynamic consulting team assisting with marketing, registration and event coordination. Glennon and Karyn, from the Foundation team are passionate educators, both committeed to sharing the impact STEAM lessons and education have had on their lives with the world! They have lead a variety of initiatives across the State and locally in Southern and Northern California. To reach them please visit our Contact us page.