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Release: #14-43
April 25, 2014
Contact: Tina Jung
Phone: 916-319-0818

Education Roundup for Week Ending April 25, 2014

SACRAMENTO—The California Department of Education (CDE) today issued this week's Education Roundup of education-related announcements of public interest.

CDE to Convene 3,000 Attendees at STEM Symposium

The Californians Dedicated to Education Foundation, in partnership with the CDE and the California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls, will host the Second Annual California STEM Symposium September 22–23, 2014 at the San Diego Convention Center. The theme of the Symposium is "Invest in California STEM Education: Innovate, Integrate, and Inspire!"

The goal of this conference is to provide a forum for teachers, educators, administrators, and partners in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education to share their best practices, strategies, and resources. Topics at the Symposium will include Common Core mathematics, Next Generation Science Standards, engineering practices and programs, technology as a foundation and focus, integration of the STEM disciplines, college and career exploration and preparation, and engaging underrepresented youth and young women in STEM.

This fall's Symposium builds upon last year's successful inaugural gathering of more than 2,000 attendees. Registration is now open. Presenters and vendors are invited to apply to showcase their STEM programs, projects, and products. To sign up, visit the Californians Dedicated to Education [] External link opens in new window or tab. Web page, keyword "Symposium."

CDE Directors Honored

Two CDE directors were honored this month by the National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium [Note: The preceding link is no longer active.] (NASDCTEc) for their leadership, vision, and dedication to career technical education (CTE).

Former director Dr. Patrick Ainsworth received the State CTE Director Emeritus Award for effecting major change to the CTE landscape in California, increasing gender equity compliance, developing business and industry partnerships, and cultivating a modern CTE curriculum in the state. Ainsworth became CTE Director at CDE in 1996 and retired in November 2012.

Current director Russ Weikle received NASDCTEc's first-ever State CTE Director Rising Star honor. Before he became director of CDE's Career & College Transition Division, Weikle led the effort to revise the CTE Model Curriculum Standards, aligning them to the Common Core State Standards. He also convened a group that helped lay the foundation for the California State Plan for CTE. Weikle pioneered the Perkins Grant Management System to streamline the distribution of federal funds throughout California to improve CTE programs, integrate academic and career-technical instruction, serve special populations, and meet gender equity needs.

Ainsworth's and Weikle's work are part of State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson's Career Readiness Initiative, designed to provide high school graduates with the career-readiness skills.

The NASDCTEc is a national advocacy group in Maryland. It promotes policies to support academic and technical excellence, which ensure a career-ready workforce.

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Tom Torlakson — State Superintendent of Public Instruction
Communications Division, Room 5602, 916-319-0818, Fax 916-319-0100

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