STEAM Initiative

2021 STEAM Back-To-School Pre-Conference – Year 2021 (CA Dept of Education)

California Department of Education
News Release

California Department of Education
News Release



Release: #21-58

August 24, 2021

REDWOOD CITY—In partnership with the California Department of Education’s Expanded Learning Division and the California AfterSchool Network, the California STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) Symposium co-hosts are excited to announce the virtual 2021 Expanding Learning Opportunities with STEAM Back-To-School Pre-Conference on Wednesday, September 1, 2021, presented by Chevron.

This exciting partnership builds on our community belief that STEAM learning happens everywhere and at any time of the day. Throughout the event, we will explore opportunities for collaboration between community-based organizations and the TK–16 system. We are excited to support our education community as we all strategically plan to use the monumental education budgets focused on early education, social-emotional learning, teacher pipeline, and expanded learning. Participants will also learn more about the new Expanded Learning Opportunities Program established in July 2021 by Assembly Bill 130.

Dive into the school year with these breakout sessions:

  • Getting Started With Expanded Learning Opportunities Program with California AfterSchool Network & California Department of Education
  • Creativity and Design with Wix Education
  • Equity in STEM Framework with National Girls Collaborative
  • Family Engagement in STEAM with California Department of Education
  • High Impact Tutoring
  • STEAM Challenges with KQED
  • STEAM Hubs with California Department of Education
  • STEAM Playbook with 49ersEDU
  • Weaving Back Together with CA Early Math Initiative

Pre-Conference Schedule: September 1, 2021

3:00 – Virtual Doors Open

3:10 – Quick Talks & Newcomers’ Orientation

3:30 – Opening Keynote Richard Tavener with Superintendent Tony Thurmond and Tiffany Gipson

4:20 – Breakout Period 1

5:15 – Breakout Period 2

6:00 – Closing Panel with California Collaborative for Educational Excellence Executive Director Matt Navo and Elk Grove Unified School District

The current registration
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for both events is only $185! Individual event rates start at $75 for the Pre-Conference and $145 for the California STEAM Symposium.

More information on the California STEAM Symposium, October 21-23, 2021, can be found on the California STEAM Symposium website
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Tony Thurmond —
State Superintendent of Public Instruction

Communications Division, Room 5602, 916-319-0818, Fax 916-319-0100



Last Reviewed: Tuesday, August 24, 2021