California STEM Summit 2012

October 15 - 16, 2012


Monday, October 15

9:00 am PDT Pathways to Fostering STEM Education in California     Watch On-Demand
In this panel discussion, State Superintendent of Schools, Tom Torlakson, Mike Kirst, President, State Board of Education, and Chris Roe, CEO, California STEM Learning Network, discuss the ways California can foster STEM education (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics).
9:45 am PDT Sugata Mitra: The Critical Importance of STEM Education     Watch On-Demand
Sugata Mitra, Professor of Educational Technology, Newcastle University, UK, talks about the critical importance of STEM education (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics).
11:00 am PDT Susan Bonilla: Reconnecting with the Joy of Teaching     Watch On-Demand
California State Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla discusses the importance of teachers, administrators, and politicians working together to ensure a better education and future for students
12:45 pm PDT David Seidel: STEM and Inspiring Missions of 'Curiosity'     Watch On-Demand
David Seidel, Deputy Education Director at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), discusses how the Curiosity rover can bring space into the classroom and how it teaches students to explore using the principles of STEM education.
2:45 pm PDT Next Generation Science Standards Impact on California     Watch On-Demand
A panel discussion on how the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) will impact California schools and STEM education, featuring Matt Lonner, Chevron's Manager of Global Partnerships and Programs, Beverly Young, from the CSU Chancellor's Office, Trish Williams, Vice President of California Board of Education. Moderated by Dennis Bartels, executive director at the Exploratorium.
3:45 pm PDT Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: Giving STEM a Shot     Watch On-Demand
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, founder of the Skyhook Foundation, talks about his new book "What Color is My World?", investing in minority students and STEM education,and giving students "a shot that can't be blocked."

Tuesday, October 16

9:00 am PDT The STEM Mindset: Reengineering the Education Pipeline     Watch On-Demand
A panel discussion on how schools can align STEM education with the skills needed to find jobs. Featuring panelists Debra Jones, Dean in the Workforce and Economic Development Division at the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office, Merrilea Mayo, founder of Mayo Enterprises, Bill Scroggins, President of Mt. San Antonio College, and Greg Till, Director at Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems. Moderated by Jamai Blivin, President and CEO of Innovate+ Educate.
11:30 am PDT More Than An Education: Getting Inspired by STEM     Watch On-Demand
Alex Kajitani, 2009 California Teacher of the Year, and Jan Morrison, President of TIES (the Teaching Institute for Excellence) motivate STEM teachers to put ideas into action.

Julia Stiglitz: Introduces Google Apps for Education

About this conference

Innovation and discovery in technology and science have drastically changed the world over the past 20 years. Yet the way in which children and teachers are educated in the United States continues to be rooted in Victorian standards.

In order to keep up with an increasingly technological world and meet the growing demand for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) workers and innovators, we need a new educational foundation, one that is based on cross sector partnerships, collaboration and strong leadership.

The California STEM Summit 2012 will bring together leaders in STEM fields from education, business and industry, policy, research, non-governmental organizations, and governmental agencies to create new partnerships that bring full-scale change to how STEM is taught and learned. These changes will set in motion a new learning model that ensures all students have access to high-quality STEM learning opportunities beginning in pre-kindergarten through college and university.

At STEM Summit 2012 you will:
  • Learn how to strengthen public-private partnerships and align resources
  • Learn about the Power of Discovery: STEM2, an initiative mobilizing a broad coalition of stakeholders to deliver high-quality STEM experiences during out-of-school hours
  • Learn about new efforts to enhance STEM Teacher Pathways
  • Understand how the Common Core State Standards and Next Generation Science Standards will play a key role in advancing STEM education
  • Connect with new and existing STEM partners from K-12, higher education, policy makers and business and industry

We have identified the problem: the lack of quality STEM learning opportunities. Now it's time to come together, share our knowledge and expertise and create the solutions that will prepare the state of California and its students for the STEM-centric future.

About California STEM Learning Network

The California STEM Learning Network (CSLNet) is a non-profit organization working to catalyze innovation in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) teaching and learning in the State of California. CSLNet, in collaboration with state and regional partners, champions policies and practices that will rapidly scale STEM education innovation and support educators in preparing students for success in postsecondary education and work, particularly those students who have historically been underserved.

California STEM Summit 2011
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