Contra Costa STEAM
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.
Final Draft of NGSS Now Available
After an extensive year and a half development process, the final draft of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) is now available.
Based on the National Research Council's (NRC), A Framework for K-12 Science Education: Practices, Crosscutting Concepts, and Core Ideas, the NGSS were developed by 26 lead state partners, including California. The draft standards underwent numerous private and public reviews, with thousands of comments submitted to Achieve, Inc., the non-profit managing partner of the NGSS.
The NGSS and supporting appendices can be found on the Achieve, Inc. website at: http://www.nextgenscience.org/.
California Begins Process for Adopting New Science Standards – As required by Senate Bill 300, the State Superintendent of Public Instruction (SSPI) is required to recommend new science content standards for California public schools, kindergarten through grade 12, based upon the NGSS. Senate Bill 1200 requires these new science standards to be presented to the State Board of Education (SBE) by July 31, 2013. The SBE must adopt, modify, or reject the presented standards by November 30, 2013.
In fall 2011, the SSPI convened a group of 80 science experts; a State Review Team (SRT) representative of K-12 science teachers, administrators, county science consultants, college and university professors, and business and industry. The SRT has reviewed numerous drafts of the NGSS, facilitated regional review sessions, and submitted feedback to Achieve, Inc.
This spring, the CDE, with the support of the California Comprehensive Center of WestEd, will facilitate three Regional Public Stakeholder meetings, where members of the public will have the opportunity to hear about the development process of the NGSS and to provide feedback to the CDE. The dates and locations of these meetings are currently being finalized.
Public comments from these meetings will be shared with the California Science Expert Panel (SEP), a smaller group representative of the SRT, who will convene this spring to analyze the NGSS, ensure they meet the rigor of California's current science standards, and submit to the SSPI new science standards based on the NGSS. For more detailed information about the development process, please visit the CDE's NGSS web page at: http://www.cde.ca.gov/pd/ca/sc/ngssintrod.asp
Upcoming Events and News
Samsung Mobile App Academy Summer 2013
30 students will be selected by lottery to attend the
Samsung Mobile App Academy 2013
All App Academy attendees will receive a free Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet and a chance to win up to $20,000 in scholarships!
- Students who are going to be in the 11th or 12th grade during the 2013-2014 school year
- Students interested in STEM (science, technology, engineering, math)
- Have taken or be enrolled in at least 2 Honors and/or AP STEM related courses
- Have at least a 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) GPA.
- Live within 60 miles of Berkeley
Please see more information at: www.scholastic.com/samsungacademy/
Stem Summer Camps
The CCCOE and the Contra Costa Economic Partnership (along with numerous professional partners) will once again be producing outstanding hands-on education career camps. Incoming high school juniors and seniors can now register. The week-long camps are looking for teachers to support student learning. Instructors will earn professional development hours and a small stipend for each camp, while also being exposed to a full range of industry experts.
The camps are scheduled for these dates:
- Engineering: June 17-21, Diablo Valley College, Pleasant Hill
- Biotechnology: July 8-12, CSUEB, Concord
- Environmental Sciences: July 22-26; CSUEB, Concord
For more information and to register, visit the program's website.
Junior Achievement of Northern California 2013 Open House
Join us to find out how Junior Achievement of Northern California (JA), the world's largest non-profit organization that empowers young people to own their economic success, is impacting local students. JA offers in-school and after-school programs for students in grades K-12, through a dedicated volunteer network that focus on financial literacy, entrepreneurship and workforce readiness.
When: May 22, 5:00 pm to 6:00 p.m.
Where: Contra Costa County Office of Education, 77 Santa Barbara Road, Pleasant Hill
For more information contact: Shaun Rundle, District Manager at email@example.com
Download event flyer (PDF)
CCCOE in partnership with SFMOMA presents:
On-line Learning with ArtThink
Explore online learning opportunities with SFMOMA ArtThink. ArtThink offers theme-based activities that provide students with an accessible look at the art of our time. Prepare your class before a museum visit with Art Basics; follow up after touring the galleries with Detail Detective; and integrate art, history, and cultural studies into your core classroom curriculum with standards-aligned activities spanning grades four through college.
When: May 23, 2013, 4:00 pm to 6:00 p.m.
Where: Contra Costa County Office of Education, 77 Santa Barbara Road, Pleasant Hill
Register Online: http://artthink.eventbrite.com
CTAP Teacher Workshop Series
CTAP Region IV is hosting a series of STEM workshops. The presenter is Geoff Belleau from Solano County Office of Education. These workshops are being offered through Adobe Connect through the MyCTAP site. Workshop topics and dates/times are listed below:
- Connecting Gen C with STEM in Math – May 15 - 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
For further information and to register, visit the Teacher Workshop Series Wiki website.
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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.
Integrating Art into STEM
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 of Science Standards (NGSS)
The NGSS will be released in March, 2013. California's State Board of Education will review them and decide whether to adopt them or some other new standards in science in November, 2013.
The second and final public draft of the NGSS was released on January 8, 2013
Please review A K-12 Framework for Science Education: Practices, Crosscutting Concepts, and Core Ideas as a tool to facilitate understanding of the NGSS.
NSTA has hosted several web seminars to prepare educators for the NGSS and implementation of the scientific and engineering practices. The “Prepare for the NGSS” series is archived at The NSTA Learning Center website.
To receive updates on the NGSS, join the California Department of Education's electronic mailing list by sending a blank e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
California Career Technical Education Standards
National Educational Technology Standards
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
Parents and Students
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