Project Description

2021 California STEAM Symposium and Back-To-School Pre-Conference

In partnership with the California Department of Education’s Expanded Learning Division and the California AfterSchool Network, the California STEAM Symposium co-hosts are excited to announce the virtual 2021 Expanded Learning Opportunities with STEAM Back-To-School Pre-Conference on Wednesday, September 1, 2021, presented by Chevron. 

This exciting partnership builds on our community belief STEAM learning happens everywhere and at any time of the day. Throughout the event we will explore opportunities for collaboration between community based organizations and the TK-16 system. We are excited to support our education community as we all strategically plan to use the monumental education budgets focused on early education, social emotional learning, teacher pipeline, and expanded learning. Participants will also learn more about the new Expanded Learning Opportunities Program established in July by AB 130.

As a companion to the California STEAM Symposium on October 21-23, 2021, this event will bring together passionate people seeking inspiration, energizing engagements, and the opportunity to collaborate with STEAM education experts to expand STEAM learning opportunities for every student.

As a #CASTEAM21 participant, you can expect to:

  • Have The Uplifting & Positive Experience That You Deserve! Self-care is at the heart of this event. Join us and experience amazing keynotes, hands-on professional learning workshops, and wellness activities. Our goal: Develop and Sustain a Diverse STEAM Teaching Workforce
  • Engage With Our Amazing Network! Connect with fellow educators and community partners, interact with live speakers, and collaborate with the STEAM community via interactive engagements. Our goal: Embolden STEAM Communities
  • Focus On Best Practices For Every Learning Environment & Every Student! Participate in excellent peer-led professional learning highlighting ideas, strategies, and innovations that work for ALL students. Our goals: Increase STEAM Equity & Share The Joy of Learning

Details:
Back-to-School Pre-Conference, September 1, 2021
An afternoon event (Pacific Time); detailed schedule coming soon

California STEAM Symposium, October 21-23, 2021

The current registration for both events is only $185! Individual event rates start at $75 for the Pre-Conference and $145 for the California STEAM Symposium.


Is the STEAM Symposium the same thing 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 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.


2021 Event Themes: 

Strands: major themes of our content and serve as a compass, pointing in a given direction.

  • Increase STEAM Equity: Access, Opportunities, & Outcomes
  • Embolden STEAM Communities: Educators, Families, & Collaborative Partners
  • Bolster The Art and Science of Teaching: Developing and Sustaining a Diverse STEAM Teaching Workforce
  • Share The Joy of Learning: STEAM Content Integration & Student Engagement

Pathways: waypoints for participants to choose their own learning journey.

  • Bridging Distance, Hybrid, & In-Person Learning
  • Learning Loss Mitigation & Recovery
  • Arts Integration, Creativity, & Design Thinking
  • College & Career Pathways
  • Computer Science & Data Science
  • Early Learning Practices, Pre-K-Grade 3
  • Environmental Literacy & Human Impact
  • Expanded Opportunities for Learning
  • Family Engagement to Support Student Learning
  • Libraries, Makerspaces, & STEAM Labs
  • Media & Information Literacy
  • Multilingual Learner Supports
  • Social-Emotional & Academic Learning
  • Social Justice & Social Impact
  • Supporting Learners with Special Needs
  • The Science of Health, Physical Education, & Athletics

Remember when we created art together? Phil Hansen reveals the final product for our amazing #CASTEAM20 community!

The final artistic image is available here so you can check out all of the pieces!


Did you miss the 2020 STEAM Symposium? We’ve got you covered! All 170+ #CASTEAM20 breakout sessions and keynotes were recorded and are now available on the CA STEAM 2020 Mobile App.

Register now to get full, on-demand access to our 2020 breakout sessions for only $95.

Check out the breakout session speakers, titles, and descriptions.

Once you’ve registered, you will be notified within one business day that your registration is active and you will be able to login. 

Breakout session recordings and resources are available until June 30, 2021.

Here is a video preview of how you’ll be able to access all of the on-demand content from #CASTEAM20.

2021 California STEAM Symposium and Back-To-School Pre-Conference

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. 

Are you looking to build community at your school site with an inspiring event for everyone? Register for a #CASTEAM21 watch party! A watch party is an opportunity for your school site educators to virtually attend the California STEAM Symposium while interacting with one another in person, in real-time, at your school site.

Benefits of a Watch Party:

  • Discounted registration rate for your team or school site. Please contact [email protected] to learn more.
  • Personal guidance and recommendations from the #CASTEAM21 team so you can host an engaging, STEAM-focused Watch Party.
  • Full access for all of your registered site members to interact with the various #CASTEAM21 offerings, including keynotes, breakout sessions, wellness activities, makerspace sessions, networking opportunities, and more! 
  • On-demand access to all event recordings for the 2021-2022 school year. This content can function as ongoing professional learning for your team.
  • An abundance of resources for educators to use with their students and learners.

Details: 

  • Back-to-School Pre-Conference, August 3, 2021, 3:30-6:30 PM PT
  • California STEAM Symposium, October 21-23, 2021
  • Visit www.steamcalifornia.org for more information

Questions? Contact Glennon Stratton at [email protected] today!

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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.

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.


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.

Resources Mentioned:


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.  

Resources Mentioned: 


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!

2021 California STEAM Symposium and Back-To-School Pre-Conference

2021 STEAM Symposium Strands & Pathways

The Strands and Pathways serve to provide direction for our breakout sessions, allowing each participant to successfully chart their own path through our virtual gathering. 

  • Strands are the major themes of our content and serve as a compass, pointing in a given direction. 
  • Pathways serve as waypoints for participants to choose their own 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. 

Increase STEAM Equity:
Access, Opportunities, & Outcomes
Diversity and inclusion are essential elements that are fundamental principles to advancing equity for traditionally marginalized students. Learn strategies to cultivate systems for the promotion of a life-long learning process for all students through inclusive and targeted practices, techniques, and policies, whether from a classroom or organizational point of view. These strategies will help address learning loss mitigation and recovery while also supporting the social-emotional development of the students.

Presenters, as thought partners, will share knowledge, research, and stories to support participants navigate their own personal and professional journeys. Presentations should provide a brave space for highlighting a diversity of learning settings, particularly in support of populations we seek to grow in STEAM: students of color, girls, multilingual learners, foster youth, unsheltered (homeless) students, LGBTQ, low socio-economic students, 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, student agency, and other shared goals to benefit future generations.

Embolden STEAM Communities:
Educators, Families, & Collaborative Partners
Optimize learning environments in PreK-12 by building partnerships with families and community organizations to enhance learning experiences within the school day and beyond. Explore how collaborations with Expanded Opportunities for Learning partners can unlock new opportunities for students, especially in the area of Learning Loss Mitigation & Recovery. Partners can include nonprofits, museums, community organizations, and before and after-school programs.

Presenters will provide evidence that demonstrates how STEAM collaboration has impacted students. They will demonstrate how inclusive team efforts help STEAM education thrive, and share 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.

Bolster The Art and Science of Teaching:
Developing and Sustaining a Diverse STEAM Teaching Workforce
Strengthening the STEAM teaching workforce is critical, including developing and retaining teachers of color.

Presenters will share various standards-aligned methods to impact the future of STEAM education, including interdisciplinary curricula, pedagogy, technology, communities of practice, labor-management collaboration, and other key elements which support:

  • Preparation 
  • Professional learning
  • Development and upskilling
  • Recruitment and retention

Attendees will receive tools and implementation strategies to positively impact their STEAM teaching workforce using effective adult-learning theory. Also, 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, higher-ed educator, industry partner, and/or community member.

Share The Joy of Learning:
STEAM Content Integration & Student Engagement
Ignite student passion, curiosity, and innovative thinking by creating the conditions to nurture student agency, identity, and belonging. Learn how to readily integrate STEAM practices along with strategies and resources that will help you address student learning loss mitigation and recovery.

Presenters will highlight student STEAM experiences in all learning settings. Participants will learn how to integrate lessons across content areas, heighten student engagement through authentic and interdisciplinary learning experiences, and provide students with relevant critical thinking opportunities. Attendees receive classroom-ready toolkits that can be applied immediately, ultimately allowing students to benefit from personalized and authentic STEAM experiences grounded in content standards and relevant, contextualized learning opportunities.

Pathways:

  • Bridging Distance, Hybrid, & In-Person Learning
  • Learning Loss Mitigation & Recovery
  • Arts Integration, Creativity, & Design Thinking
  • College & Career Pathways
  • Computer Science & Data Science
  • Early Learning Practices, Pre-K-Grade 3 
  • Environmental Literacy & Human Impact
  • Expanded Opportunities for Learning 
  • Family Engagement to Support Student Learning
  • Libraries, Makerspaces, & STEAM Labs
  • Media & Information Literacy
  • Multilingual Learner Supports
  • Social-Emotional & Academic Learning
  • Social Justice & Social Impact  
  • Supporting Learners with Special Needs
  • The Science of Health, Physical Education, & Athletics

2021 California STEAM Symposium and Back-To-School Pre-Conference

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.

 

2021 California STEAM Symposium and Back-To-School Pre-Conference

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!
Presenting Partner:
Chevron Corporationd

OUR PRESENTING PARTNER

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!

2021 California STEAM Symposium and Back-To-School Pre-Conference

Come connect with educators 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: $775

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

Visit our registration site to secure your booth today!

Questions? Contact Glennon Stratton at [email protected]

2021 California STEAM Symposium and Back-To-School Pre-Conference

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.

1. When and where will the 2021 California STEAM Symposium be held?

We are proud to announce the 2021 California STEAM Symposium will be virtual! To best serve your needs, we are convening the same great Symposium you know and love in a virtual venue. Mark October 21-23, 2021 on your calendar for another wonderful year of inspiration, collaboration, and professional learning.

2. How do I apply to be a presenter?

To learn more about how to apply to present a breakout session, click HERE.

3. What is the STEAM Symposium?

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 9th 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.

4. How much are the registration fees for the Symposium?

The current participant registration for both events is only $185!  (August 3 & October 21-23)
If you can only join us for one, individual event rates start at $75 for the August 3rd Pre-Conference and $145 for the October 21-23 California STEAM Symposium. Exhibits are offered for the October event, the current Exhibitor registration is $775 and non-profit exhibitor registration is $275 with proof of 501.c.3 status.

5. What is included in the Symposium registration fee?

As a #CASTEAM21 participant, you can expect:

Have The Uplifting & Positive Experience That You Deserve! Self-care is at the heart of this event. Join us and experience amazing keynotes, hands-on professional learning workshops, and wellness activities. Our goal: Develop and Sustain a Diverse STEAM Teaching Workforce.

Engage With Our Amazing Network! Connect with fellow educators and community partners, interact with live speakers, and collaborate with the STEAM community via interactive engagements. Our goal: Embolden STEAM Communities

Focus On Best Practices For Every Learning Environment & Every Student! Participate in excellent peer-led professional learning highlighting ideas, strategies, and innovations that work for ALL students. Our goals: Increase STEAM Equity & Share The Joy of Learning

Inspiring Keynote Speakers and Fun Hands-on Activities!

6. Where can I see a list of the sessions being offered at the California STEAM Symposium?

Updates will be posted on this website and via our social media.

7. 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 modify the registration. A current email and confirmation number will be required for any modifications.

8. 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, 2021, to confirm early bird registration rates, and by October 20, 2021, for regular registration.

9. How do I make changes to my registration?

Click the “already registered” button on the bottom of the registration home page, then enter your email and confirmation number. Once logged in, you can make the necessary changes.

10. What do I do 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, 2021 to confirm early bird registration, and by October 20, 2021 for regular registration.

11. How do I cancel or transfer my registration?

In lieu of cancellations, participants who are no longer able to attend may transfer the registration to another educator. Substitutions can be made by clicking “Already Registered” below. You will need the email and confirmation number for the registration to modify. We will allow name changes/substitutions until the start of the program. Please email us at [email protected] if you have challenges modifying your registration.

12. What do I do 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, 2021 to avoid the higher registration rate.

13. Where can I find the W-9?

Click here for our current W-9.

14. How can I request special assistance?

Please fill out the special request field in the Symposium registration form. For additional inquiries please email: steamsymposiu[email protected]

15. Is the STEAM Symposium the same thing 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 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.

16. May attendees from outside of California participate?

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

17. Where can I get additional information about the 2021 STEAM Symposium if I still have questions?

Contact [email protected] with additional questions.

2021 California STEAM Symposium and Back-To-School Pre-Conference

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 committed 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.