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Release: #17-92
December 8, 2017
Contact: Robert Oakes
Phone: 916-319-0818

State Superintendent Torlakson Kicks off Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math Symposium

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson on Sunday (December 10, 2017) will kick off the state’s largest gathering of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) educators in San Francisco.

The two-day symposium brings thousands of teachers, administrators, students, and business representatives together to learn more about STEAM education. The event puts a special focus on increasing and supporting the participation of women and girls, highlights environmental education, and promotes California’s Next Generation Science Standards, which update the state’s science teaching to reflect the most current core ideas in science knowledge and research.

The new science standards are revolutionizing teaching in California, where students are learning to work in teams, think critically, and solve problems. These are all skills they will need to succeed in 21st century careers and college, Torlakson said.

“This is a terrific opportunity to learn more about leading-edge changes in education,” said Torlakson, who started his public service career as a high school science teacher and coach. He will also visit events, meet students and teachers, and participate in workshops.

For more information visit the STEAM Symposium External link opens in new window or tab. Web site. Torlakson speaks at 9 a.m. Sunday at Moscone West, 800 Howard St, San Francisco, CA 94103.

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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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