We invite you to register for our 12th annual CA STEAM Symposium on February 7-8, 2025 at the Town and Country San Diego!

We believe in the power of active, joyful, and engaging exploration and learning for all California students, especially those in traditionally marginalized communities. Rarely do we teach just one portion of the STEAM acronym. Connecting to the real world requires cross-content work with the goal of helping students feel safe, known, supported, and fully engaged in learning. Each year, the CA STEAM Symposium provides the opportunity to learn how to readily integrate STEAM practices into your learning environment, along with strategies and resources to address students’ and educators’ social & emotional well-being to support academic progress.

We look forward to seeing you in February 2025!

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Together we will share knowledge, research, and stories to support each other in navigating our personal and professional journeys. The Symposium will provide a brave space for exploring equity in STEAM learning, particularly for underrepresented populations we seek to grow in STEAM: educators and students of color, girls, multilingual learners, foster youth, unsheltered students, LGBTQIA+, low socio-economic students, and those with special learning needs. Participants will embark upon this journey immediately with access to resources, collaborators, and a network that seeks to leverage STEAM education as a tool for developing STEAM identity, civic engagement, social responsibility, student agency, and other shared goals to benefit future generations.

The Symposium is a peer-led professional learning convening where participants explore innovative ways to integrate STEAM in the classroom. Along with over a thousand other TK-12 educators, you will have the chance to explore cutting-edge technologies and high-impact teaching strategies.

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Benefits of Participating

Register today to gain full access to these Symposium benefits:

  • Customizable Professional Development – You’ll learn from your choice of breakout sessions on everything from hands-on instructional strategies to inclusive practices to promote a sense of belonging and ignite student passion.
  • Innovative Tools & Resources – You’ll engage with vendors in the Expo Hall who are focused on serving the unique needs of our STEAM education community with their newest tools and resources.
  • Continuing Education Units – You could choose to earn graduate-level credits for career advancement after participating in the 2025 CA STEAM Symposium.
  • Equity Focus – You’ll experience a brave space for exploring equity in STEAM learning, particularly for underrepresented populations we are seeking to grow in our STEAM community: people of color, girls, multilingual learners, foster youth, unsheltered students, LGBTQIA+, low socio-economic students, and those with special learning needs.
  • Student Engagement – You’ll explore the Student Showcase and learn from student teams and their mentors as they demonstrate how to leverage STEAM education as a tool for developing STEAM Identity, civic engagement, social responsibility, and student agency.
  • Inspirational Content – You’ll experience our thought-provoking speakers and breakout session content.
  • Networking – You’ll have the opportunity to connect with educators, school leaders, developers, and students – sharing insights, strategies, and best practices that sustain and optimize learning environments in TK-12. Learn how to build stronger partnerships with families and community organizations to enhance learning experiences within the school day and beyond.

The CA STEAM Symposium is co-hosted by the Californians Dedicated to Education Foundation (CDEF), the California Department of Education, and the California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls.

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STEAM in the Community: Place-Based STEAM Learning in Arvin and Lamont, CA

Check out our inaugural CA STEAM Initiatives’ blog which celebrates stories of STEAM education in California.

This past March, twenty-nine high school students in Arvin and Lamont, California, and a team of educators embarked on a learning journey that began at César Chávez National Monument and culminated this June in Sequoia National Park. Students created STEAM-infused projects that demonstrated the intersection of data literacy, geospatial thinking, and place-based learning as a pathway for youth-led change in the community. One of the educators who co-developed the program shared how she made this experience happen, and lessons learned for other educators who wish to inspire STEAM learning in their own students.

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Summer is here!

We have so much in store for you! This summer, County offices of education across California are offering regional virtual and in-person Computer Science professional learning opportunities to enhance your instruction of the California K-12 Computer Science Standards. Check out these Summer of CS workshops. 

Registration is now closed for the state-wide CSPDWeek happening in Anaheim, July 22-26, 2024, however a few regional workshops still have open seats. Stipends and travel reimbursements are available. No computer science experience is necessary.

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Check out our podcast series: STEAM in CA!

In our first episode, Katherine Goyette, from the California Department of Education (CDE), and Karyn Warner, Associate Director of STEAM Initiatives at CDE Foundation, talk with Stephen Callahan about the impact his FabLab (a 7,000-square-foot makerspace) at San Joaquin County Office of Education (SJCOE) is having on student learning. Additionally, Stephen provides real-world examples of how to integrate STEAM during the school day and how to make the learning relevant to students’ lives. Listen now!


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The California STEAM Symposium is led by CDE Foundation staff and is supported by a dynamic team assisting with marketing, registration, and event coordination. Glennon, Karyn, Yadira, and Lynn are committed to sharing the impact STEAM lessons and education have had on their lives with the world!

Our Initiatives

  • The annual California STEAM Symposium is a peer-led professional learning convening where participants explore innovative ways to integrate STEAM in the classroom. The Symposium is committed to advancing equity in STEAM and focuses on the theme You Belong in STEAM where participants explore creating conditions to nurture student agency, identity, and inclusion through joyful STEAM learning experiences. We encourage team participation where participants can learn high-impact STEAM integration strategies together as a team, and can support each other through implementation after the event. The event is co-hosted with the California Department of Education and the California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls.
  • The Seasons of CS is a year-round professional learning model for California educators, paraprofessionals, administrators, and counselors who are interested in bringing computer science to their students. It is funded by the California Department of Education and the Educator Workforce Investment Grant, and supported by California County Offices, CSforCA Coalition, the Sacramento County Office of Education, the San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools, and the UCLA Center X.

Contact Our Team

Curious about our partnership opportunities? Check out our #CASTEAM25 Partnership Opportunities deck.

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Check out our inaugural CA STEAM Initiatives’ blog which celebrates stories of STEAM education in California.

STEAM in the Community: Place-Based STEAM Learning in Arvin and Lamont, CA

This past March, twenty-nine high school students in Arvin and Lamont, California, and a team of educators embarked on a learning journey that began at César Chávez National Monument and culminated this June in Sequoia National Park. Students created STEAM-infused projects that demonstrated the intersection of data literacy, geospatial thinking, and place-based learning as a pathway for youth-led change in the community. One of the educators who co-developed the program shared how she made this experience happen, and lessons learned for other educators who wish to inspire STEAM learning in their own students.

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IListen to our podcast series: STEAM in CA!

Innovative practices, new resources, and practical solutions for benefitting our students and educational communities. Connect with us at CA STEAM Learning as we explore news in science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics (STEAM) education with fellow educators and technologists!

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Lunch Bites is a free professional learning series produced by the California STEAM Symposium team. 

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. Subscribe to the podcast on the AppleSpotify, and Google podcast platforms. View all webinars on the CDEF YouTube page. Lunch Bites is made possible through our partnership with Chevron, the human energy company. To learn more about their generous support of STEM Education visit STEM Education Partnerships & Investments — Chevron.com.


Podcast Episode 17: Karen Vang – STEAM and Early Learning

In this episode, Karen Vang shares how STEAM intersects with Early Education, various Early Learning practices which are transferable at all grade levels, and how hands-on, project-based learning includes a lot of intangibles that are hard to measure, but you can determine impact on student learning.

Karen Vang is the Program Manager at the Center for District Innovation And Leadership in Early Education (DIAL EE). Before joining DIAL EE, Karen was responsible for managing early literacy assessments in Oakland, CA, for over 1000 children, conducting data analysis for continuous program improvement, and coordinating professional development across multiple agencies at the Kenneth Rainin Foundation. She initially began her career in early childcare as a student assistant with infants and toddlers, and has also worked as a literacy tutor in a Transitional Kindergarten classroom. Karen holds a BA from the University of California, Berkeley.

Make sure to visit: DIALEE


Podcast Episode 16: Building Powerful Partnerships To Support Student Learning

Anita Miller, Advisor for Chevron Education and Corporate Programs, and Jesse Lovejoy, Director of 49ers EDU and 49ers Museum, provide an honest look behind the scenes at how successful partnerships begin, what the growing pains are, and ideas for how everyone, from classroom teachers to district leadership, can develop partnerships to positively impact their students’ lives.

Make sure to visit the Chevron STEM Zone  and 49ers EDU.


Webinar Episode 16: Creative Partnerships For Expanding Learning Opportunities Grant
Special Guests: Exploratorium, Lawrence Hall of Science, & California Science Center
1:00-1:30 PM P.T., Friday, April 30, 2021

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.

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Podcast Episode 15: Seize the Moment with Expanded Learning Opportunities Grants

Michael Funk, Director of the Expanded Learning Division at the California Department of Education, encourages every educator to seize the moment with the Expanded Learning Opportunities (ELO) Grants. He encourages looking for community solutions to support student growth this summer and beyond while also providing tangible examples for Local Education Agencies and Expanded Learning Partners.  

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Podcast Episode 14: Science Advocacy & Inclusive Practices

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.

Resources Mentioned in this Episode:
CA4NGSS: Science Advocacy CommunicationsToolkit – Curated core messages, slide presentations, and other communication toolkits
Opportunity for Successful Science Implementation in a Post-Pandemic Climate – Guidance for using the LCAP to Mitigate Science Learning Loss

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.


Podcast Episode 13: A Child’s Education Journey with Patricia Lozano, Director of Early Edge California

“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 welcome Patricia Lozano, Executive Director of Early Edge California, to explore the recently released report, Building A Coherent P-12 Education System In California, and reflect on the report’s kick-off webinar. She shares about her journey from Colombia to California. She also lends her expertise to highlight family engagement strategies and the benefits of supporting our multilingual students and families.

Resources Mentioned in this Episode:
Executive Summary – Building A Coherent P-12 Education System In California
Full Report – Building A Coherent P-12 Education System In California
Webinar Recording – Improving A Child’s Education Journey: A Conversation About K-12 Policy & Early Learning in California


Podcast Episode 12: Dance, Media Arts, Music, Theatre, & Performing Arts: A New Arts Guide by CAPTA & CREATE/CA with Sarah Anderberg, Jesus Holguin, & Erin Jenks

We explore the recently released Guide To Arts Education In Public Education that was developed by the California State PTA and Create/CA. The guide was created in response to the updated California Arts Standards developed by the California Department of Education. While designed for parents, this guide has many useful resources for educators at every grade level and is also available in both English and Spanish. Learn more about the power of the arts, how to become an Arts Equity District, and the various ways this arts guide can be utilized in your education community by listening today.

Resources Mentioned in this Episode:
Parents’ Guide To Arts Education In Public Education
Creative Industries Career Map
The Declaration of the Rights of All Students to Equity in Arts Learning
How to become an Arts Equity District
California Arts Standards


Webinar Episode 15: Empowering Students with Website Creation Tools with Wix Education
11:30-Noon P.T., Thursday, February 25, 2021
Episode 15: Slide Deck & Resources


Podcast Episode 11: 49ers EDU: The Intersection of Sports and STEAM with Sofy Navarro & Sara Jin

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.  

Resources Mentioned:
49ers EDU Interactive Digital Playbook
49ers EDU PDF Digital Playbook
49ers EDU Website
49ers EDU #LunchBites Webinar Video


Podcast Episode 10: A Pathway to Equitable Math Instruction with Dani Wadlington & Kyndall Brown

We discuss equitable math and dismantling racism in mathematics instruction with Dani Wadlington, Director of Mathematics Education at Quetzal Education Consulting and Kyndall Brown, Executive Director at the California Mathematics Project. We take a close look at both individual and school-wide approaches to anti-racist practices in education. Dani and Kyndall also share about their contributions to the “A Pathway To Equitable Math Instruction” project which includes a newly available workbook that models how to be an anti-racist math educator.   

Resources mentioned: equitablemath.org


Webinar Episode 14: Sports and STEAM with 49ers EDU
11:30-Noon P.T., Thursday, October 29
Episode 14: Slide Deck & Resources


Podcast Episode 9: Compassion Centered Education

“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.

Resources Mentioned:
Read her blog: Compassion Centered Education
Watch her TEDx Talk: Compassion Fatigue


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.

Resources Mentioned:
White Paper: Recommendations for Home Learning Materials


Webinar Episode 13: Creating Conditions To Thrive: A Pathway To Equitable Math Instruction
11:30-Noon P.T., Thursday, October 8
Episode 13: Slide Deck and Resources


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.

Resources Mentioned:
www.teachingtolerance.org
www.stem4real.org


Podcast Episode 6: A Student’s Perspective: Welcoming BIPOC Students To STEAM
This week’s episode features Ashley Alvarez, a 2020 high school graduate who is starting her freshman year at Harvard this fall. You may recognize Ashley from the Social Justice Learning Institute student panel at our Building Community With STEAM Pre-Conference in August. She reflects on her recent experience as a summer intern on the STEAM Team at the CDE Foundation during a global pandemic and a national reckoning on racial justice.


Podcast Episode 5: Creating a Trusting School Environment with Hayin Kimner and Gustavo Morales
This week’s episode focuses on utilizing strategic frameworks from Community Schools, a relationship-based way to approach student growth. Our guests are Hayin Kimner, an education policy advisor, and Gustavo Morales, the Program Manager of The CA Labor Management Initiative at CDE Foundation reflect on the PACE Report, Community Schools: A COVID-19 Recovery Strategy, and share their experiences helping students, families, educators, and community partners come together to create a trusting school environment.


Webinar Episode 12: Spark A Family’s Excitement For Science with the California State PTA
11:30-Noon P.T., Thursday, August 20
Episode 12: Slide Deck & Resources


Podcast Episode 4: Edwin Kang – Staying Connected With Students When You Are At A Distance
This week’s podcast features Edwin Kang, the STEM Specialist at the Mendocino County Office of Education. He speaks about how he has been supporting students and teachers not only here in California, but also in Indonesia and Borneo. He shares his biggest take-away from the Lunch Bites “Creativity and Engineering with Household Robotics” webinar episode with the Robotics Education & Competition Foundation.


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!

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THANK YOU TO OUR #CASTEAM25 SUPPORTING PARTNERS

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 can reach, educate, and engage thousands of participants each year. We appreciate you!

Curious about our partnership opportunities? Check out our new Partnership Opportunities deck.

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Connect with our STEAM Community. Exhibitor Registration is now open.

Check out our #CASTEAM25 Partnership Opportunities Deck.

The California STEAM Symposium is the largest gathering of STEAM educators in the state. Our Symposium on Feb. 7-8, 2025 in San Diego, CA will celebrate the 12th anniversary of this landmark event! Our event demographics reflect the education practitioners and decision-makers best positioned to engage with your brand. California STEAM Symposium provides best-in-class, peer-led, industry-leading professional development events, as well as year-round programming, including webinars, podcasts, peer mentoring networks, professional learning communities, and special events.

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  • INCREASE NAME RECOGNITION AS A SPONSOR The Symposium’s high-impact engagement options will give your company the competitive edge to stand out in the crowd and be recognized as a leading partner in STEAM education.
  • SHOWCASE YOUR ORGANIZATION AS AN EXHIBITOR The Symposium is a rich environment to demonstrate your products and services to leaders in education. This is your chance to provide participants with solutions to some of their biggest challenges.
  • EXTEND BRAND AWARENESS VIA MARKETING OPPORTUNITIES Expand your organization’s message beyond your exhibit booth to capture our participants’ attention when you take advantage of additional engagement opportunities.

The 12th annual California STEAM Symposium will offer multiple options to partner and achieve your objectives. Become a sponsor and create strategic sales opportunities, establish market leadership, and enhance brand recognition with your target audiences.

An initiative of Californians Dedicated to Education Foundation and co-hosted by the California Department of Education and the California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls, the Symposium brings together thousands of teachers, administrators, students, higher-education representatives, program providers, and philanthropic and industry partners to learn how to improve and expand STEAM teaching in schools and throughout communities. Throughout the event, we will come together to explore high-quality strategies to cultivate systems that promote life-long learning for everyone through inclusive and targeted practices, high-impact techniques, and policies, whether from a classroom or organizational point of view. These approaches promote a sense of belonging and ignite student passion for learning as well as support the social-emotional development of our education community.

Become an exhibitor at the 2025 California STEAM Symposium to meet and gain exposure with educators seeking new and innovative solutions to STEAM education challenges!

Together we will share knowledge, research, and stories to support each other in navigating our personal and professional journeys. Support the Symposium with a variety of activations or combine any element(s) into a custom partnership. Additional opportunities will include signage at the Symposium, as well as recognition in the mobile app and online digital schedule. Contact STEAMSymposium@cdefoundation.org with any questions.

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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.

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Q: When and where will the next California STEAM Symposium be held?

A: We are excited to announce that our 2025 CA STEAM Symposium will be held Feb. 7-8, 2025 at the Town and Country Resort San Diego. Registration is now open. Book your hotel lodging. Want to stay up to date on the latest STEAM Symposium news? Join our e-newsletter.

Q: Where can I find the CDE Foundation’s W-9?

A: CDEF 2024 W-9 

Q: How do I apply to present a breakout session for the next STEAM Symposium?

A: Call For Proposals will open in August 2024. Want to stay up to date on the latest STEAM Symposium news? Join our e-newsletter.

Q: Can I earn Continuing Education Units if I fully participate in the 2025 CA STEAM Symposium?

A: Yes, you can earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs) from the University of San Diego for participating in the 2025 CA STEAM Symposium. Learn more.

Q: What is included in the registration fee?

A: Your registration fee will provide you with full access to these Symposium benefits:

Customizable Professional Development – You’ll learn from your choice of breakout sessions on everything from hands-on instructional strategies to inclusive practices to promote a sense of belonging and ignite student passion.

Innovative Tools & Resources – You’ll engage with hundreds of vendors in the Expo Hall who are focused on serving the unique needs of our STEAM education community with their newest tools and resources.

Continuing Education Units – You could choose to earn graduate-level credits after participating in the 2025 CA STEAM Symposium for your career advancement.

Equity Focus – You’ll experience a brave space for exploring equity in STEAM learning, particularly for underrepresented populations we are seeking to grow in our STEAM community: people of color, girls, multilingual learners, foster youth, unsheltered students, LGBTQIA+, low socio-economic students, and those with special learning needs.

Student Engagement – You’ll explore the Student Showcase and learn from student teams and their mentors as they demonstrate how to leverage STEAM education as a tool for developing STEAM Identity, civic engagement, social responsibility, and student agency. Inspirational Content – You’ll experience our thought-provoking speakers and breakout session content.

Networking – You’ll have the opportunity to connect with teachers, school leaders, developers, and students – sharing insights, strategies, and best practices that sustain and optimize learning environments in TK-12. I want to learn how to build stronger partnerships with families and community organizations to enhance learning experiences within the school day and beyond.

Please note that light refreshments will be provided during the two-day event, however, no meals will be provided.

Q: What’s the STEAM Symposium all about?

A: Californians Dedicated to Education Foundation, in partnership with the California Department of Education, and the California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls, will convene STEAM enthusiasts at our 12th annual convening on February 7-8, 2024 in San Diego, CA. We remain committed to advancing equity in STEAM. Together we shared knowledge, research, and stories to support each other in navigating our personal and professional journeys. The Symposium provided a brave space for exploring equity in STEAM learning, particularly for underrepresented populations we seek to grow in STEAM: educators and students of color, girls, multilingual learners, foster youth, unsheltered students, LGBTQIA+, low socio-economic students, and those with special learning needs. Participants embarked upon this journey immediately with access to resources, collaborators, and a network that seeks to leverage STEAM education as a tool for developing STEAM Identity, civic engagement, social responsibility, student agency, and other shared goals to benefit future generations.

Q: How much are the registration fees for the Symposium?

A: Registration fees. Want to stay up to date on the latest STEAM Symposium news? Join our e-newsletter.

Q: How do I pay with a check?

A: Please print your online registration confirmation and mail it with your check to: CDE Foundation, 548 Market Street, #PMB 75621, San Francisco, CA 94104

Q: How do I send a Purchase Order to accompany my registration?

A: Purchase orders are not a form of payment; a purchase order may be used to hold a registration spot until an invoice is generated and a check has been mailed. Please include a copy of your registration with your mailed purchase order, or include the registration confirmation number if sending via email to steamsymposium@cdefoundation.org. Registration will be confirmed once the check is received.

Q: Is the STEAM Symposium the same thing as the STEM Symposium?

A: 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 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.

Q: May attendees from outside of California participate?

A: Yes, the STEAM Symposium is the not-to-be-missed event of the year. Every year we see participants from dozens of states and multiple countries. We welcome participants from all around the globe! Want to stay up to date on the latest STEAM Symposium news? Join our e-newsletter.

Q: Where can I get additional information about the next STEAM Symposium if I still have questions?

A: Contact steamsymposium@cdefoundation.org with additional questions.

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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. 

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Seasons of CS is California’s year-round, statewide computer science professional learning program. 

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