Contra Costa STEAM
4th annual SF Bay Area
STEAM Colloquium, “Full STEAM Ahead:
At the Corner of Common Core and STEAM”
February 7, 2014
Thank you to all who joined us for the 4th annual STEAM Colloquium on February 7, 2014 at the San Ramon Valley Conference Center. Resources for the colloquium can be found at www.cocoschools.org/steam_colloquium_resources.html. We look forward to seeing you next year!
For information about sponsorship opportunities, contact Hilary Dito at (925) 942-3396. Be sure to follow the STEAM Colloquium updates on its web page and Twitter #steamcolloq.
Contra Costa County Office Of Education STEAM is a leader in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics Education for the Contra Costa County School Districts and the region by developing opportunities, providing resources and fostering communication among STEAM and Educational professionals that prepare all students to become successful members of a rapidly emerging technological world.
Contra Costa County Office Of Education STEAM supports the academic success of our districts by
- Providing high-quality, timely communication to educators via the STEAM website, the STEAM e-newsletter and leadership organizations regarding STEAM resources and opportunities.
- Creating partnerships with business and community organizations to provide professional development, outreach programs and other STEAM events
- Offering inspirational and challenging STEAM programs throughout the educational process (pre-K through 16) including integrated curriculum, extra-curricular activities and real-world applications.
- Supporting professional development, seminars and other outreach activities to educators, parents and community members.
STEAM engages students in integrated learning as they explore the world around them, create innovative solutions to problems and communicate their results while learning Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math. The following sites provide resources on integrating Art into STEM.
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STANDARDS related to STEAM
The standards are an essential component to any high quality STEAM program. STEAM should include both content standards and practice standards. Curriculum should be aligned to Common Core State Standards, Next Generation Science Standards (when adopted), Visual and Performing Art Standards.
Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) Updates
The California State Board of Education (CDE) unanimously voted to adopt Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) for California K-12 in September 2013.
Next Generation Science Standards for California Public Schools, K-12 learning progressions for middle grades 6-8
On November 6, the California State Board of Education (SBE) approved the following modified recommendation: “The Superintendent recommends that:
- The California SBE adopt the proposed integrated model (pages 20-21, NGSS Appendix K) as the preferred model for middle grades science instruction.
- The SBE requests the CDE to reconvene the Science Expert Panel [(a group of 27 teachers, scientists, educators, business and industry representatives, and informal science educators convened earlier in the year by State Superintendent Torlakson to review the NGSS)] to develop an alternative discipline specific model (pages 22 -23) based upon the domain specific model that is outlined by Achieve in the NGSS Appendix K.”
Follow California's Department of Education updates by joining the NGSS electronic mailing list. Send a blank e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
Framework for New Science Assessments Released by National Research Council
The National Research Council (NRC) has released Developing Assessments for the Next Generation Science Standards, a framework of recommendations for the development of new science assessments. The framework makes recommendations for a new system of science assessments and includes guidance and strategies for classroom embedded and large scale assessments. The full report can be found at http://www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=18409.
The NRC framework for assessment is different than the Science Framework for California Public Schools which provides support and guidance for classroom instruction as well as publishes criteria for instructional materials. The revision of the California Science Framework to align with the NGSS will begin in January 2014 with regional Science Framework Focus Group Meetings. More information about these activities can be found at http://www.cde.ca.gov/ci/sc/cf/.
California Alternative Discipline Specific Model
for Grades 6-8 Survey
The California Department of Education (CDE) is requesting California middle grades science teachers, administrators, and others in the public share their thoughts on which of the three potential NGSS discipline specific models they believe would work best for California students as an alternative to the preferred NGSS Integrated Model for grades 6-8.
After gathering this input, the Superintendent of Public Instruction will subsequently make a decision about which model will be endorsed by the CDE and notify the State Board at or before its May 2014 meeting.
To view the proposed discipline specific models, please visit the CDE NGSS Web Page.
To submit input regarding the potential discipline specific models, please click here.
The survey will remain open through Friday, February 28, 2014
Calling all CA Science Teachers: Apply for the Science Framework Curriculum Revision Committee to align with NGSS (CDE)
The California Department of Education (CDE) and the State Board of Education (SBE) are pleased to announce that they are recruiting applicants for the Curriculum Framework and Evaluation Criteria Committee (CFCC) to assist with the revision of the Science Framework for California Public Schools K–12 Science Framework. The Science Framework will incorporate and support the Next Generation Science Standards for California Public Schools. Applications will be accepted until April 16, 2014 at 3 p.m.
Next Generation Science Standards Resources
Common Core State Standards (CCSS)
The Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts (including literacy in Social Studies, Science and Technology) and Mathematics were adopted by California in 2010. The CCSS should be the foundation of any STEAM program.
Visual and Performing Art Standards
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Upcoming Events and News
It Takes a Community! Education Summit
Students in 7–12th grades are invited to It Takes a Community! Education Summit. This FREE event for first-generation, African American, Latino, Asian American, Native American, and Pacific Islander students, and their families, will include workshops on STEM careers, preparing for college, financial aid, and more. The Summit will be held on Saturday, March 8, from 8:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at California State University East Bay, Hayward.
Attendees can register on their website. Applications for bus scholarships are due by January 17.
Free Video Series:
“Science and Engineering Behind the 2014 Winter Olympic Games”
The XXII Olympic Winter Games in Sochi are scheduled to begin on February 7, 2014. The National Science Foundation (NSF) recently partnered with the educational arm of NBC News, NBC Learn, to release a ten-part video series, “Science and Engineering of the 2014 Olympic Winter Games.”
All episodes (e.g., “Engineering the Half Pipe: Shaun White”) are available free of charge at NBCLearn.com and NSF websites (NSF.gov, Science360.gov), and are accompanied by both science- and engineering-focused lesson plans developed by the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) for middle- and high-school teachers.
The videos are the latest installment in NSF's and NBC Learn's “Science of Sports” series. Narrated by NBC Sports' Liam McHugh, this video collection delves into the physics, engineering, chemistry, design and mathematics behind the world's foremost sporting event.
Visit www.nsf.gov/news/special_reports/winterolympics/index.jsp to view the videos. (Teachers wanting to connect STEM lessons to the Super Bowl might also wish to visit http://nbclearn.com/nfl to peruse the video series, “The Science of NFL Football.”)
Bay Area Mathematics Project is offering several Summer Institutes
- Week of June 16: Transformational Geometry Institute Grades 7-12 in Napa.
- Week of June 23: Math Modeling Institute Grades 4-8 at SF International HS in San Francisco.
- June 30, July 1, 2, 7, 8: Math Modeling Institute Grades 9-12 at Oakland USD Educational Center @ Tilden
- Week of Aug. 4: Transformational Geometry Institute Grades 7-12 in the South Bay (Fremont Union High School District).
For more information, contact Lew Douglas, Co-Director BAMP
Cal State Summer School for the Arts
Applications are now being accepted for the Cal State Summer School for the Arts, an intensive summer program for high school students held on the campus of the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) in Valencia. The program offers immersion in music, dance, theater, visual arts, creating writing, film and animation.
California residents in grades 9 to 12 are eligible to apply. Acceptance is based on artistic potential and merit. The application process is needs-blind; scholarships are available for students who are accepted but can't afford the cost.
It's a wonderful opportunity for young artists to get specialty training and experience in an intense, fun and personalized setting.
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