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. As of March 2014, nine states and Washington D.C. have adopted NGSS. Follow the latest news.
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/.
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
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
Expanding your Horizons – Diablo Valley College
2014 Expanding Your Horizons conference at DVC
A career exploration conference focusing on math, science, and technology for 6th through 8th grade YOUNG WOMEN.
When: Saturday, May 3, 2014 from 8:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Where: Diablo Valley College, Pleasant Hill
For more information visit Expanding your Horizon at http://www.expandingyourhorizons.org/find-a-conference.php or contact Hilary Dito (email@example.com) or at (925) 942-3396
Conference flyer (pdf)
Strengthening Geometry Instruction
A free workshop for Contra Costa County teachers
Join CSUEB Professors Dr. Phil Duren and Dr. Julia Olkin to learn how to incorporate Common Core Mathematical Practice Standards into lessons and develop Common Core State Standards lessons. Teachers who complete the workshop will earn a stipend.
When: July 21–25, 2014 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Where: Pittsburg High School, 1750 Harbor Street, Pittsburg, CA 94565
Download the workshop flyer more information.
STEM Initiatives, Networks, and Organizations
Resources for Educators
Pre K-12 STEAM Resources
Early Learning Resources
Elementary School Resources
Middle School Resources
High School Resources
Resources for Parents and Students
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