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Coordinator, Hilary Haugen Dito
3rd Annual San Francisco Bay Area STEAM Colloquium
Full STEAM Ahead: Pathways to the Future
The Bay Area's premier STEAM education conference was held on Thursday, February 8, 2013.
Presented by the Contra Costa County Office of Education (CCCOE), the STEAM Colloquium is a forum to discuss and share best practices in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Mathematics) education. This event brings together numerous K-12 educators, administrators, professionals, legislative policy makers, college and university educators, community organizations, and businesses to present and discuss how to best to continue to advance STEAM education into our classrooms.
The STEAM Colloquium continues to:
- Address critical issues in implementing STEAM education
- Showcase best practices in STEAM education
- Build leadership capacity for educators
- Provide opportunities to develop learning communities throughout the region
Featured speakers included:
Helen Quinn is Professor Emerita and former Chair of the Department of Particle Physics and Astrophysics at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory. Dr. Quinn is a theoretical physicist who was inducted into the National Academy of Sciences in 2003 and holds numerous honors, including the prestigious international Dirac and Klein medals, for her research contributions in particle physics. She is a Fellow and former President of the American Physical Society. She received her Ph.D. in physics from Stanford University in 1967.
Dr. Quinn has had a long term engagement in education issues and has worked on them at the local, state, and national level. Her interests range from science curriculum and standards to the preparation and continuing education of science teachers. (picture credit: Dan Quinn)
Alex Kajitani is the 2009 California Teacher of the Year, and a Top-4 Finalist for National Teacher of the Year. In a desperate attempt to connect with his underperforming students, he began rappin' about the math concepts he was teaching. Now known around the country as "The Rappin' Mathematician," his CDs and Workbooks are being used in thousands of homes and classrooms around the world. He has been featured on the CBS Evening News, is the first featured teacher in the book, Conversations with America's Best Teachers, and is a contributing author to Chicken Soup for the Soul: Teacher Tales. He has been honored at The White House, and when he isn't teaching in the Escondido Union School District, Alex travels the country speaking with educators and parents on a variety of educational topics.
Julia Marshall is chair of Art Education at San Francisco State University. Julia's interests lies in contemporary art and art-based research as they relate to art education, integration of art with the academic curriculum and the intersection between creativity and learning. Her writings include articles in Studies in Art Education, Art Education Journal and numerous art education anthologies. Presently, Julia works with the Alameda County Office of Education's Integrated Learning Specialist Program and SLANT, (Science, Literacy and Art Community Partners), a collaboration of The California Academy of Sciences, the deYoung Museum, and the San Francisco Unified School District.
Janice Jackson is Executive Director of Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education (SCOPE). She worked previously at Harvard University, where she provided support for its program for Urban Superintendents Program and other leadership development initiatives such as the Wallace-funded leadership project for state and urban districts.
Dr. Jackson has been a faculty member and researcher at two universities, working in areas ranging from teaching and teacher education to leadership development. She has deep experience in supporting and running schools and school systems, including having served in the leadership cadre of three major urban school systems and as a consultant to many others. And she has worked in the policy arena at the federal level, as Deputy Assistant Secretary in the US Department of Education. Dr. Jackson has also worked as a board member or consultant with a wide variety of major education organizations that support professional development; academic, social and emotional learning for students; and the pursuit of equity.
Dale Dougherty is the President and CEO of Maker Media,Inc. Make magazine started in 2005 followed by the first Maker Faire in the Bay Area in 2006. In 2012, Maker Faire was held in the Bay Area with over 110,000 guests, and also at a smaller scale in Detroit and New York. In 2011, the White House recognized Dale as a “Champion of Change: Make It In America,” for his work in helping to create high-quality jobs in the United States. In May 2012, Dale led the launch of Maker Education Initiative, a non-profit dedicated to creating opportunities for young people to make. He is passionate about fostering a new generation of 'makers' who are creative, innovative, and curious.
Emily Pilloton is the Founder and Executive Director of Project H Design and Studio H instructor. Emily founded Project H to use design to empower people, and to get her hands dirty after too many years in an office. She moved to rural Bertie County, in North Carolina, to engage in a bold experiment of design-led community transformation. She developed a design-build class called Studio H to engage high schoolers' minds and bodies while bringing smart design and new opportunities to the poorest county in the state. She is currently implementing her design program at REALM Charter School in Berkeley. Trained in architecture (UC Berkeley) and product design (SAIC), Emily believes in design as an honest process of building and activism for community benefit. Most days she resides in the Studio H classroom/shop with her high school students, but travels occasionally for lectures and workshops around the world. A California girl, runner, Border Collie lover, and unwavering optimist, she has appeared on the TED stage and the Colbert Report, and authored the book Design Revolution.
Engaging breakout sessions included:
- Using creative teaching to enhance STEM Learning
- Early learning and STEAM
- Integrating Common Core Standards and Next Generation Science Standards in the STEAM classroom
The STEAM Colloquium wishes to thank The Chevron Corporation for its commitment to increasing Science,
Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics opportunities for all students.
We would like to invite you to become a sponsor of the SF Bay Area STEAM Colloquium. As a sponsor, you will reach educators, policy makers, and business leaders throughout the San Francisco Bay Area who are committed to increasing Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics opportunities for all students.
For questions regarding the event and sponsorship opportunities, please contact Hilary Dito, STEAM coordinator at email@example.com or (925) 942-3396. We look forward to working with you on this important endeavor.
Contra Costa County Office of Education is hosting Full STEAM Ahead: Pathways to the Future in partnership with Gateways East Bay STEM Network at CSU East Bay, Region IV CISC Visual and Performing Arts Subcommittee, and Alliance for Arts Learning Leadership at Alameda County Office of Education.