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.
Our team is excited to announce our keynote speakers for the California STEAM Symposium! We’re inspired by them and honored to partner with each of them this year.
Heather McGhee, Public Policy Expert
To be eligible to win a copy of her forthcoming book or a spot in a small group Q&A with her, register 12/4/20! The California STEAM Symposium is excited to welcome Heather McGhee to keynote at our event! She is most known for her role in designing anti-bias training for Starbucks’ 175,000 employees along with providing recommendations for how to apply a racial equity lens to their business. Ms. McGhee is a Distinguished Senior Fellow at Demos and has an upcoming book called The Sum Of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone And How We Can Prosper Together (Feb 2021).
Ibtihaj Muhammad, Olympic Medalist, Entrepreneur and New York Times Best-Selling Author
The California STEAM Symposium is delighted to announce that Ibtihaj Muhammad, the first American woman to compete in the Olympics in hijab, will be keynoting at our annual event. In 2014, Ibtihaj launched her own clothing company, Louella, which aims to bring modest, fashionable and affordable clothing to the United States market. Named to Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential list, Ibtihaj is an important figure in a larger global discussion on equality and the importance of sport. We look forward to hearing her inspiring words!
Phil Hansen, “the Artist for the People”
Register by 12/4/20 to be eligible for a spot in a small group Q&A with him and give yourself the gift of artistic motivation! Better known as “the Artist for the People”, Phil Hansen is an internationally recognized multimedia artist, speaker, author, and innovator at the forefront of bringing art to a wider audience. His artistic journey nearly came to an end when a tremor developed in his drawing hand. In exploring new ways to create art, Phil discovered that by embracing his shake, limitations could become the passageway to creativity. Hansen says it best: “We need to first be limited in order to become limitless.”
Dianna Cowern, aka “Physics Girl”
Register by 12/4/20 to be eligible to win a spot in a small group Q&A with her and give yourself the gift of scientific joy! Dianna Cowern is the creator and host of the viral “Physics Girl” web series with over 1.7 million subscribers, whose show has featured well-known figures including the legendary Rodney Mullen, Bill Nye, and Anne Wojcicki – founder of 23 and me. Dianna is sought after as a science communication expert as well as an in-demand speaker talking about the future of education and how to better relate to students using various media. In 2019, Dianna was named to the FORBES 30 under 30 list.
Darrion Nguyen, Founder of Lab Shenanigans
Darrion Nguyen uses his background in biochemistry, theater, and dance to create relatable lab videos along with educational science content under the name “Lab Shenanigans.” He previously worked as a research technician, where he studied a unique human neurodevelopmental disorder in mice. In the next couple of months, he is preparing to enter graduate school to pursue a Ph.D. in neuroscience.
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 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!
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.
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.
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 Justice & Social Impact
STEAM Beyond The Classroom & Partnerships
Supporting Language Learners & English Learners
The Science of Health, Physical Education, & Athletics
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 Winter of CS is coming to the California STEAM Symposium, Dec. 11-13, 2020! Building on the momentum of the Summer of CS, educators across California have the opportunity to learn more about Computer Science (CS) via the Winter of CS at #CASTEAM20. The Winter of CS track features 20+ breakout sessions for elementary, middle, and high school educators interested in learning more about CS and you can see the full schedule below.
Each day at #CASTEAM20, the Winter of CS expert presenters will share their perspectives on topics ranging from Artificial Intelligence to Coding to Robotics – all of which align with the new California K-12 Computer Science Standards. Many presenters will also provide resources and examples of how they integrate CS across the curriculum, including K-5 ELA, middle school math, and high school science.
In California, CS is foundational for every student. Skills developed in CS, like computational thinking, creativity and problem-solving, are vital for success in college, careers, and community engagement. The Winter of CS at the California STEAM Symposium features equity-focused sessions to kick-start or expand CS experiences for your students.
Join us at the California STEAM Symposium for the Winter of CS to learn more about implementing CS education with your students in your learning environment!
Soundtrap, Canva, and Dolby On will be featured in three hands-on [email protected]#CASTEAM20 breakout sessions. Join Education Leads from these companies as they share FREE resources you can use in your classroom to bring students together in meaningful creative collaborations. These sessions will have something to offer the seasoned AME teacher as well as the elementary classroom or secondary single-subject teacher.
Do your students dream of working in sports broadcasting, graphic design, gaming, or music production? Arts, Media, and Entertainment is the largest industry sector of Career Technical Education in California preparing students for these careers- and many more. With a creative economy output of over $650 billion, California offers over 2.7 million jobs in these robust industries (2020 Otis Report). Come learn more about Arts, Media, and Entertainment at [email protected]#CASTEAM20!
The California STEAM Symposium is excited to partner with the Center for District Innovation And Leadership in Early Education (DIALEE), a partner of the Californians Dedicated to Education Foundation, that fosters collaboration, enhances the capacity of leaders, and informs policy for early childhood education. For #CASTEAM20, we have collaboratively developed a special track of breakout sessions and learning opportunities focused on the intersection of Early Education and STEAM. Check out the amazing lineup of breakout sessions and keynote speakers that will motivate and inspire you!
Our Makerspace has always been a place full of energy, enthusiasm, and joy that enables our participants to engage in a variety of hands-on learning opportunities. For 2020, we are excited to host 20+ breakout sessions in our virtual Makerspace where participants will be able to create, design, and build with materials that are readily accessible at home. Be sure to check out the Makerspace sessions to engage in fun, interactive, and thought-provoking projects!
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 any learning environment. Subscribe to the podcast on the Apple, Spotify, and Google podcast platforms. View all webinars on the CDEF YouTube page.I
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
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.
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.
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.
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.