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A note from the #CASTEAM20 Planning Team:

In the midst of constant upheaval, we want you to know you can still rely on #CASTEAM20 in the months ahead. Like you, our daily lives are changing, uncertainties abound, and our personal and professional connections are more valuable than ever. With that in mind, it is our vision to continue supporting you by activating and building our shared STEAM network throughout 2020. 

Even as the news changes, what remains constant is the need to grow professionally, feel connected to each other, and share resources which can positively impact current and future circumstances. Together, we are resilient, innovative, and collaborative. We at #CASTEAM20 seek to serve as a beacon of light for our amazing community. 

The CDE Foundation is proud to have convened so many educators over the years and we are hopeful we can gather in person this December 7-8. We are moving forward with plans to host everyone in Long Beach, while recognizing we need to remain flexible and be ready to shift to a virtual venue if necessary. We know that adapting to “new normals” will yield unprecedented, creative ways to advance together as an education community to benefit all of our students. We are committed to embarking on this journey with all of you and appreciate your partnership as we continue to adjust to your needs!

In its eighth year, this annual STEAM Symposium is the largest gathering of teachers, administrators, students, higher-education representatives, program providers, philanthropic partners, and industry experts in California. Each year, thousands of participants explore trends and discover advances in STEAM education. It highlights leaders in classroom innovation from across the state and attracts student teams to showcase critical thinking, problem solving, and teamwork to help meet the needs of a variety of learners. From local solutions to global challenges, imaginative problem solving is at the core of STEAM education. Partnerships and community involvement connect learning beyond the K-12 classroom and elevate diverse voices. The Symposium has a special focus on increasing the participation of women, girls, and underrepresented groups in STEAM fields.  

In 2019, attendees represented 240+ districts, 57 Institutes if Higher Education, 40 Public Charter Schools, 40 Independent Schools. In addition to California, 22 states and 3 Canadian provinces participated! The Symposium emphasizes inclusive team efforts to help STEAM education thrive. The STEAM Symposium is an initiative of Californians Dedicated to Education Foundation (CDEF) co-hosted with the California Department of Education and the Commission on the Status of Women and Girls.  It is part of a year-round cycle of activities promoting STEAM education. 

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Visit our #CASTEAM20 Symposium registration page to learn more today!

Registration will be open soon for the 2020 STEAM Symposium! Join more thousands of STEAM educators from across California! If you are interested in practical strategies and new ideas, classroom resources and curriculum, networking, and inspiration to reinvigorate your practice, the California STEAM Symposium is for you.

Register here and learn more about event logistics, speakers, agendas and travel details.

Our Co-Hosts

The STEAM Symposium is co-hosted with the California Department of Education and the 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.

Commission on the Status of Women and Girls – For more than 50 years, the California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls has identified and worked to eliminate inequities in state laws, practices, and conditions that affect California’s women and girls. Established as a state agency with 17 appointed commissioners in 1965, the Commission regularly assesses gender equity in health, safety, employment, education, and equal representation in the military, and the media. The Commission provides leadership through research, policy and program development, education, outreach and collaboration, advocacy, and strategic partnerships.

 

Interested in sponsoring the 2020 California STEAM Symposium? Contact our team to learn more about our Sponsorship & Marketing Opportunities and the variety of ways your organization can engage with the Symposium! Thank you to our 2019 partners and sponsors!

Join us for our Lunch Bites Webinar Series!

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


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Episode 4: Birds, Bugs & Clouds: Guiding Scientific Observation at Home
11:30-Noon, Thursday, April 9, 2020 – Register Here

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
Find the Slide Deck & Resources link here.
View Episode 1 below. Please like, share and sign up for the next one!

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. 

Our STEAM Values

Collaboration. This is the event to uncover connections and expand networks. Collaboration is key to the future success of STEAM education community.

Innovation. Parents, students, educators, administrators, community leaders, and many others who impact student lives are brimming with ideas to advance STEAM. We want to know about them.

Local Impact. The symposium equips attendees with actionable strategies they can implement in their districts, schools and communities.

Asset-Based. Everyone’s talents matter. The contributions of varied perspectives, experiences and backgrounds enrich the Symposium’s commitment to promoting equity.

Learner-Driven. There are many learning styles and the Symposium keeps this in mind when developing and executing this annual event, creating opportunities to engage with participants – from students to life-time learners.

Professional. The Symposium is a high-quality, specialized environment – from the venue space to the presenters, from the thematic strands to the sponsors, and overall event experience.

Contact our team

The California STEAM Symposium is lead by CDE Foundation staff and supported by a dynamic consulting team assisting with marketing, registration and event coordination. Glennon and Karyn, from the Foundation team are passionate educators, both committeed to sharing the impact STEAM lessons and education have had on their lives with the world! They have lead a variety of initiatives across the State and locally in Southern and Northern California. To reach them please visit our Contact us page.

FAQs

A note from the #CASTEAM20 Planning Team:

In the midst of constant upheaval, we want you to know you can still rely on #CASTEAM20 in the months ahead. Like you, our daily lives are changing, uncertainties abound, and our personal and professional connections are more valuable than ever. With that in mind, it is our vision to continue supporting you by activating and building our shared STEAM network throughout 2020. 

Even as the news changes, what remains constant is the need to grow professionally, feel connected to each other, and share resources which can positively impact current and future circumstances. Together, we are resilient, innovative, and collaborative. We at #CASTEAM20 seek to serve as a beacon of light for our amazing community. 

The CDE Foundation is proud to have convened so many educators over the years and we are hopeful we can gather in person this December 7-8. We are moving forward with plans to host everyone in Long Beach, while recognizing we need to remain flexible and be ready to shift to a virtual venue if necessary. We know that adapting to “new normals” will yield unprecedented, creative ways to advance together as an education community to benefit all of our students. We are committed to embarking on this journey with all of you and appreciate your partnership as we continue to adjust to your needs!

When and where will the 2020 California STEAM Symposium be held?
The 2020 California STEAM Symposium will take place either in person or virtually on December 7-8, 2020. Circumstances permitting, the Symposium will convene at the Long Beach Convention Center in Long Beach, California. Early badge pickup will be available in the afternoon on December 6th.

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.

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 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.

How much are registration fees for the Symposium?
Early Bird registration rate is $355 (for those booked by June 17) Regular registration rate is $395 (June 18 – October 21) Late registration rate is $425 (October 22 – December 4) and Onsite registration rate is $445. View our updated registration fees here.

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!

What is included in Symposium registration fees?
Continental breakfast and lunch included daily. Keynote presentations featuring leaders in STEAM fields and related topics More than 250 breakout presentations. Learn about cutting-edge products & services in STEAM education in the Exhibit Hall Relax and recharge in the Chevron Lounge Release your inner child in the hands-on Makerspace. Engage with the next generation of STEAM leaders at the STEAM Student Showcase.

What presentation formats will be offered at the Symposium?

  • General sessions featuring Keynote Speakers
  • Breakout presentations
  • Roundtable discussions
  • Student Showcase demonstrations
  • Hands-on Makerspace
  • Exhibit Hall

How do I apply to be a presenter?
Call for presentations will open in early Spring 2020.

Can I register and pay for multiple staff from my school?
Yes, group registration is available during step #3 of the registration process. Attendees will then be able to go back in and modify their individual registrations by clicking “modify registration” button and entering their email and confirmation number. Groups of 6 or more will receive an automatic 15% group discount.

How do I register and pay for the conference?
Please register by clicking the registration button above. You may use a credit card or PO option to pay at the end of the process. We strongly recommend using a credit card for payment. 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 “modify registration” button on the home page, then enter your email and confirmation number. Once logged in, you can make the necessary changes.

How do I cancel my registration and receive a refund?
Refunds will be issued until August 31, 2020. 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.

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, 2020 to confirm early bird registration, and by October 21, 2020 for regular registration.

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. Registration will be confirmed once the check is received. Payment will need to be received by August 31, 2020 to avoid cancellation and/or the higher registration rate.

Where can I find the W-9?
Click here to access the CDE Foundation W-9.

Will meals be provided?
Yes. Continental breakfast and lunch will be provided both days and are included as part of registration.

How will I get my Symposium badge and other materials?
Symposium badges will be available to pick up in person on Sunday, December 6th in the afternoon at the Long Beach Convention Center and again the morning of the Symposium. It is recommended to pick up your badge on Sunday afternoon before 5:00 pm to avoid lines the morning of December 7th. Check out session topics, diagrams, exhibitor listings, and keynote speaker information on the California STEAM Symposium app, which will be available for download to your smartphone or tablet approximately four weeks before the Symposium.

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

Where can I find information about hotels?
CDE Foundation has secured discounted hotel rooms near the Long Beach Convention Center. We highly encourage you to stay at the official event hotels. The majority of conference attendees, presenters and exhibitors stay there each year, making networking with colleagues, presenters and exhibitors easy and convenient.

What is the best way to get to the Convention Center?
Long Beach Convention Center is conveniently walking distance to the conference hotels. For any attendees not staying at one of the conference hotels, self and valet parking are available. Attendees are responsible for their own parking costs.

Where can I see a list of the sessions being offered at the California STEAM Symposium?
Please click here for up-to-date agenda and session details. Check back reguarly for updates to the agenda!

Will STEAM Symposium offer a mobile app again?
The Symposium will again offer an app compatible with your smartphone or tables. Check out session topics, event schedules, maps, keynote speaker bios, presentation materials, and sponsor and exhibitor information. The app will be available approximately four weeks prior to the Symposium.

Will there be wireless internet access available at the Symposium?
Yes there will be wireless internet access at the Symposium.

Where can I get additional information about the 2020 STEAM Symposium if I still have questions?
Contact: [email protected] or visit our Registration page for up to date conference details.