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California Department of Education
Official Letter
California Department of Education
Official Letter
May 24, 2018

Dear County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators:

2018 California Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics Symposium

The California Department of Education (CDE) is excited to announce the 2018 California Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM) Symposium, a collaborative effort with the CDE, Californians Dedicated to Education Foundation, and the California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls.

The Symposium highlights the work of California’s leaders in classroom innovation from across the state and shares promising practices in the areas of STEAM. Attendees will come away with research-supported ways to integrate and enhance STEAM education while boosting student interest, learning, and creativity. The Symposium will also offer students the opportunity to showcase their innovative class projects.

At 5,000 square feet, last year’s Makerspace offered educators the chance to learn how to bring maker education to their classrooms. This year’s Makerspace will be an important feature of the Symposium, reflecting its continued popularity since it was first introduced at the 2015 Symposium.

This year’s keynote speakers are being finalized and, as in past years, attendees can expect them to be inspiring!

The Symposium will take place on October 28–29, 2018, at the Long Beach Convention Center.

The Symposium is designed for educators who participate in building and supporting STEAM education across our state. Experts in STEAM education will offer more than 200 presentations during these two days, on topics reflecting this Symposium’s Thematic Strands:

  • Our Shared STEAM Future: Driving Impact Tomorrow Through Education Today
  • Sustaining the STEAM Teaching and Leadership Pipeline
  • Empowering All Stakeholders to Enhance STEAM Education
  • Essential Conditions for 21st-Century STEAM Teaching and Learning
  • The Power of STEAM Across Grades and Disciplines
  • From STEM to STEAM: Exploring Opportunity in Arts Integration
  • Integrating Environmental and Media Literacy in STEAM Disciplines

Read detailed descriptions of each of these strands on the STEAM Symposium Strands & Pathways Web page at You can also submit a proposal to present at the STEAM Symposium until Wednesday, June 20.

A popular returning feature to address attendees’ interests, the Content Pathways offer a unique approach to selecting which presentations to attend based on focus areas:

  • Equity and Access for All in STEAM
  • Discipline Deep Dive (within S, T, E, or M)
  • Makers and Makerspaces
  • Early Learning
  • Career Technical Education
  • English Language Learning and Development
  • Making Standards Come Alive
  • Welcoming Non-STEAM Specialists

Built-in planning time with colleagues from your district or school was another new feature of the Symposium schedule last year. Team Time will return this year! Meeting space and resources for counties, districts, schools, or other teams who would like to take advantage of the gathering to start planning how to implement new ideas and practices will be provided so educators can leave with an action plan.

Early Bird registration for the Symposium is open now through June 8. Go to the STEAM event Web page at to register.

The STEAM Symposium Web site is

If you have questions regarding this event, please contact Jessi Seybert by e-mail at


Tom Torlakson


Last Reviewed: Thursday, May 24, 2018

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