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Join Us For the 8th Annual California STEAM Symposium on December 11 – 13, 2020!

We are proud to announce the 2020 California STEAM Symposium is moving online! To best serve your needs, we are convening the same great Symposium you know and love in a virtual venue. Mark December 11-13, 2020 on your calendar for another wonderful year of inspiration, collaboration, and professional learning.

As a #CASTEAM20 participant, you can expect:

  • Focus On Best Practices For Every Learning Environment! Excellent peer-led professional learning highlighting ideas, strategies, and innovations that work for ALL students. Our goal: Advancing STEAM Equity In All Learning Environments.
  • Global Participation! No longer limited by travel, connect with colleagues across California, the US, and the world. Share your passion and lead a breakout session from any location. Our goal: Building a Thriving STEAM Team.
  • Access To More Content! For the first time, on-demand access to sessions provides greater learning opportunities. No need to miss a presentation due to scheduling conflicts. Our goal: Celebrating The Art of Teaching and Connecting & Sharing The Joy of Learning.

Together, we are resilient, innovative, and resourceful – a beacon of light for our amazing STEAM community!

With gratitude, The #CASTEAM20 Planning Team

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Lunch Bites Podcast Now Available!
The Lunch Bites series is expanding! Join your hosts, Karyn Warner and Glennon Stratton, as they kick off the NEW Lunch Bites podcast. In each episode, you’ll hear educators share their innovative practices, resources, and practical solutions to benefit ALL students and our greater education community. Subscribe to the podcast on the AppleSpotify, and Google podcast platforms.

Join thousands of STEAM educators from across California and the world! If you are interested in practical strategies and new ideas, classroom resources and curriculum, networking, and inspiration to reinvigorate your practice, the California STEAM Symposium is for you.

Register to get the best rate! A limited number of all-access passes are currently available for $85!

Our Co-Hosts

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 EducationCalifornia 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.

 

Interested in sponsoring the 2020 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! Thank you to our 2019 partners and sponsors!

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. Given these current circumstances, we are prioritizing creative ways to support our education community to benefit all of our students. You may be thinking, “Resources are great, but how do I deliver instruction next week?” Recognizing that you have an immediate need to provide online instruction, we want to provide short sessions that provide tangible tools you can immediately use. Take a stretch break, grab your lunch, and collaborate with us as we examine the realities and opportunities of delivering lessons in a virtual way. 


Lunch Bites Podcast Now Available!
The Lunch Bites series is expanding! Join your hosts, Karyn Warner and Glennon Stratton, as they kick off the NEW Lunch Bites podcast. In each episode, you’ll hear educators share their innovative practices, resources, and practical solutions to benefit ALL students and our greater education community. Subscribe to the podcast on the AppleSpotify, and Google podcast platforms.

Podcast Episode 3: Jean Ryoo – Equity & Creativity in Computer Science
This week’s podcast features Jean Ryoo, a researcher at the UCLA Computer Science Equity Project. She shares her interview with a recent high school graduate, Natalia, from the #SummerofCS. They discuss how to attract more youth to Computer Science, STEAM-related classes, and careers. Jean also reflects on her experience working at the Exploratorium, and how her current work with educators shapes effective pedagogical practices to promote academic engagement for students who have historically been denied access to quality education in Computer Science. Visit www.summerofcs.org for more information about the Summer of Computer Science.

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

Podcast Episode 2: Yamileth Shimojyo – Hands-On Distance Learning & the Power of Thinking Routines
This week’s podcast features Yamileth Shimojyo, STEM/Science Administrator at the Riverside County Office of Education. She reacts to a presentation about the power of thinking routines that was led by Justin Boner of Maker Ed and shares about how she has used these tools in her role. The referenced webinar recording, slide deck, and resources are below.

Podcast Episode 1: Albert David Valderrama – Mathematics Through the Lens of Social Justice
This podcast features Albert David Valderrama, an educator, as he shares reflections on his international career and his teacher credentialing program at Cal State University Long Beach. He reacts to the California Mathematics Project’s Executive Director, Dr. Kyndall Brown’s presentation on Math Through the Lens of Social Justice (scroll down for the webinar recording and slide deck with resources). He also revisits Dr. Chris Emdin’s 2019 California STEAM Symposium keynote presentation focused on the use of Hip Hop in education.

Thank you for an amazing Spring 2020 season of #LunchBites Webinars! Be sure to check out our yearbook that includes links to all of the resources!

#LunchBites Spring 2020 Yearbook

Episode 11: The SUPERpower of Celebration!
11:30-Noon, Thursday, May 28, 2020
Episode 11: Slide Deck and Resources

Episode 10: Let’s Make! Supporting Families With Innovative At-Home Activities
11:30-Noon, Thursday, May 21, 2020
Episode 10: Slide Deck and Resources

Episode 9: Bookmaking: Connecting With Students Through Art
11:30-Noon, Thursday, May 14, 2020
Episode 9: Slide Deck and Resources

Episode 8: Mathematics Through the Lens of Social Justice
11:30-Noon, Thursday, May 7, 2020
Episode 8: Slide Deck and Resources

Episode 7: Making Thinking Visible with MakerEd
11:30-Noon, Thursday, April 30, 2020
Episode 7: Slide Deck and Resources

Episode 6: Creativity and Engineering with Household Robotics
11:30-Noon, Thursday, April 23, 2020
Episode 6: Slide Deck and Resources

Episode 5: Supporting Language Learners at Home
11:30-Noon, Thursday, April 16, 2020
Episode 5: Slide Deck and Resources

Episode 4: Birds, Bugs & Clouds: Guiding Scientific Observation at Home
11:30-Noon, Thursday, April 9, 2020
Episode 4: Slide Deck and Resources

Episode 3: Hands-On Learning in a Virtual Environment
11:30-Noon, Thursday, April 2, 2020
Episode 3: Slide Deck and Resources
View Episode 3 below. Please like, share and sign up for the next one!

Episode 2: Student Discourse in a Virtual Classroom
11:30-Noon, Thursday, March 26, 2020
Episode 2: Slide Deck and Resources
View Episode 2 below. Please like, share and sign up for the next one!

Episode 1: Digital Lesson Planning
11:30-Noon, Friday, March 20, 2020
Episode 1: Slide Deck & Resources
View Episode 1 below. Please like, share and sign up for the next one!

2020 STEAM Symposium Strands & Pathways

We are living in unprecedented times, and the #CASTEAM20 Planning Team will continue to shine a light on all your amazing efforts. We know you need solutions for distance-learning challenges, and we are here to share best practices developed by our community of educators. We move forward with planning the STEAM Symposium while simultaneously recognizing we need to remain flexible and creative in our execution to meet your constantly-evolving needs.

The Strands and Pathways serve to provide direction for our breakout sessions, allowing each participant to successfully chart their own path through our gathering, whether in person or virtual. Strands are the major themes of our content and serve as a compass pointing in a given direction. Pathways serve as waypoints, or sorting tools, for participants to customize their learning journey. By the conclusion of the Symposium, participants will have connected to the goals of the event following their own unique path, while deepening their comprehension of best-available practices and resources.

#CASTEAM20 Strands

Advance STEAM Equity In All Learning Environments.
Leading In Your Context to Improve Access, Opportunities, & Outcomes For ALL Students: Diversity and inclusion are guiding principles leaders use to achieve equity. Whether teaching remotely, in a classroom, or from an organizational point of view, understand strategies to strengthen systems to promote a life-long learning process for all students through inclusive practices, techniques, and policies.

Presenters will share knowledge, research, and stories to help educators impact and guide this important work in their own learning environments, organizations, and communities, particularly in support of populations we seek to grow in STEAM: students of color, girls, English learners, foster youth, and those with learning differences. Attendees will be able to embark upon this work immediately with access to resources, collaborators, and action steps to connect STEAM education as a tool for addressing public good, civic engagement, social responsibility, and other shared goals to benefit future generations.

Build a Thriving STEAM Team.
Stakeholders, Families & Partnerships: Optimize learning environments in PreK-12 by building partnerships with families and community organizations to enhance learning experiences any time or place.

Highlighting a student-centered approach, presenters will demonstrate how inclusive team efforts help STEAM education thrive, and share about the importance of acting as a STEAM catalyst and driver. Partnerships with families, non-profits, and community organizations elevate diverse voices toward a common goal of preparing all students to thrive in future enrollment and employment. Attendees will leave with best practices, proof-of-concept examples, community-impact models, and blueprints ready for implementation.

Celebrate The Art of Teaching.
Developing and Sustaining a Diverse and Resilient STEAM Teaching Workforce:
Strengthening and supporting the STEAM teaching workforce is critical to meeting the needs of every student in any learning environment and adapting to ongoing challenges.

Presenters will share various standards-aligned methods to impact the future of STEAM education, including innovative curricula, pedagogy, technology, communities of practice, labor-management collaboration, and other key elements which support preparation, professional learning, and STEAM educator development, recruitment, and retention. Attendees will receive tools and implementation strategies to positively impact their STEAM teaching workforce using effective adult-learning theory. Additionally, they will learn how to contribute to this work through scenarios from the perspective of their existing roles: new teacher, master teacher, teacher leader, coach, administrator, counselor, higher-ed educator, industry or informal partner, and/or community member.

Connect & Share The Joy of Learning.
STEAM Content Integration & Student Engagement: Ignite student passion, curiosity, and innovative thinking through learning-ready STEAM tools, which can be readily integrated across the curriculum while empowering student choice and voice.

Presenters will highlight student experiences in virtual, synchronous, and asynchronous STEAM classes or pathways. Participants will see and hear how to integrate lessons across content areas, to heighten student engagement through authentic and multi-disciplinary learning experiences, and to empower student agency applied to real world problem solving. Attendees will receive instruction-ready toolkits which can be applied immediately, ultimately allowing students to benefit from personalized and authentic STEAM experiences grounded in content standards.

#CASTEAM20 Pathways

  • Distance Learning
  • Arts Integration, Creativity, & Design Thinking
  • College & Career Pathways
  • Computer Science & Data Science
  • Early Learning Systems
  • Educating All Learners with a Focus on Special Needs
  • Environmental Literacy & Human Impact
  • Family Engagement to Support Student Learning
  • Libraries, Makerspaces, & STEAM Labs
  • Media & Information Literacy
  • Social-Emotional Learning
  • Social Justice & Social Impact 
  • STEAM Beyond The Classroom & Partnerships
  • Supporting Language Learners & English Learners
  • The Science of Health, Physical Education, & Athletics

Who Should Attend

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. 

Come Join Us As An Exhibitor!

The virtual environment provides unique opportunities to interact with educators while saving on travel costs. Each virtual booth includes:

  • Opportunity to create a custom company-branded virtual space
  • Data-rich environment with easy opt-in opportunities to gather contact information
  • One-on-one booth engagements via chat and/or video to answer questions, provide demos, schedule follow-up conversations, and exchange information
  • Opportunity to link to your company website
  • Opportunity to create and play company video or slide deck
  • Two virtual event registrations, which include three days of keynotes, breakout sessions, and networking
  • Company listing on event platform, in mobile app, and online digital schedule

Virtual Exhibit Booth: $750

Non-Profit Virtual Exhibit Booth: $275 (price given upon verification of non-profit status).

Questions? Contact Glennon Stratton at [email protected]

Our STEAM Values

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.

Contact Our Team

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.

Frequently Asked Questions
#CASTEAM20 Is Going Virtual!

Together, we are resilient, innovative, and resourceful – a beacon of light for our amazing STEAM community! We look forward to embarking on this journey with all of you and appreciate your partnership as we continue to adapt to your needs!

When and where will the 2020 California STEAM Symposium be held?
We are proud to announce the 2020 California STEAM Symposium is moving online! To best serve your needs, we are convening the same great Symposium you know and love in a virtual venue. Mark December 11-13, 2020 on your calendar for another wonderful year of inspiration, collaboration, and professional learning.

How do I apply to be a presenter?
To apply to lead a breakout session, click here for submission details.

What’s the STEAM Symposium all about?
The Californians Dedicated to Education Foundation, in partnership with the California Department of Education, and the California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls, is proud to bring you the 8th Annual California STEAM Symposium. The Symposium brings together thousands of teachers, administrators, students, higher-education representatives, program providers, philanthropic representatives, and industry representatives to engage them in STEAM education by providing strategies and resources for program implementation. The Symposium has a special focus on increasing and supporting the participation of women and girls — as well as other underrepresented groups — in STEAM fields. It also highlights leaders in classroom innovation from across the state and attracts student teams to showcase critical thinking, problem solving, and teamwork.

How much are registration fees for the Symposium?
Early bird registration rate is $85 for an all-access pass.

What is included in the Symposium registration fee?
As a #CASTEAM20 participant, you can expect:

  • Focus On Best Practices For Every Learning Environment! Excellent peer-led professional learning highlighting ideas, strategies, and innovations that work for ALL students. Our goal: Advancing STEAM Equity In All Learning Environments.
  • Global Participation! No longer limited by travel, connect with colleagues across California, the US, and the world. Share your passion and lead a breakout session from any location. Our goal: Building a Thriving STEAM Team.
  • Access To More Content! For the first time, on-demand access to sessions provides greater learning opportunities. No need to miss a presentation due to scheduling conflicts. Our goal: Celebrating The Art of Teaching and Connecting & Sharing The Joy of Learning.
  • Inspiring Keynote Speakers!

Where can I see a list of the sessions being offered at the California STEAM Symposium?
Schedule details and breakout sessions will be announced in the fall. Return to steamcalifornia.org for updates.

Can I register and pay for multiple staff from my school?
Yes. Group registration is available during step #3 of the process. Participants will be able to modify their individual registrations later by clicking the Already Registered? button. A current email and confirmation number will be required for any modifications.

How do I register and pay for the conference?
Please register by clicking the registration button above. You will be asked for a credit card or PO (to pay by check) at the end of the process to pay for your registration. PO payments will be subject to the following payment deadlines: All checks MUST be received by August 31, 2020 to confirm early bird registration, and by October 21, 2020 for regular registration.

How do I make changes to my registration?
Click the Already Registered? button on the home page, then enter your email and confirmation number. Once logged in, you can make the necessary changes.

What are the steps if I want to pay with a check?
If paying by check, please print your online registration confirmation and mail it with your check to:
Californians Dedicated to Education Foundation
260 Main Street, Suite 200
Redwood City, CA 94063

All checks MUST be received by August 31, 2020 to confirm early bird registration, and by October 21, 2020 for regular registration.

What are the steps if my school must pay with a Purchase Order?
We do not accept purchase orders as a method of payment. However, a purchase order can be used to hold registration spaces until a check can be mailed. Registration will be confirmed once the check is received. Payment will need to be received by August 31, 2020 to avoid cancellation and/or the higher registration rate.

Where can I find the W-9?
Click here for our current W-9.

How can I request special assistance?
Please fill out the special request field in the Symposium registration form. For additional inquiries please email: [email protected].

Is the STEAM Symposium the same event as the STEM Symposium?
Yes. We began incorporating Art into what was previously called the STEM Symposium with the 2017 California STEAM Symposium. Like many of our partners in the field, we are embracing the curiosity, self-expression, teamwork, and design thinking which help young innovators thrive. We also continue to spotlight access and inclusion for all while elevating girls and students of color as future leaders – principles core to our shared success.

May attendees from outside of California attend?
Yes, we welcome attendees from locations outside of California. Every year we see participants from dozens of states and multiple countries!

Where can I get additional information about the 2020 STEAM Symposium if I have additional questions?
Contact [email protected] with additional questions.