Started by Michael McKean Oct 23, 2014.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR INTEREST--REGISTRATION IS FULL AND WE CAN NO LONGER ACCEPT NEW ENTRIES! Our next Seminar will be held in the Spring, 2015, and will address Next Generation Science Standards--Stay tuned for more information!
The SEEE Seminar Series joins forces with Math for America San Diego to present the Fall, 2014, Seminar, Demystifying the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics, on Wednesday, October 15, 4:30 - 7:00 PM, at the University of San Diego, Mother Rosalie Hill Hall Warren Auditorium, San Diego, CA 92110--see Maps/Directions and Flyer.
Attendance is free--A voluntary donation of $10 to offset expenses is welcomed at the door.
Phil Daro, a coauthor of the Common Core State Standards, will discuss its intention and the authors’ vision. In the second part of the seminar, invited panelists from two San Diego school districts and the San Diego County Office of Education will discuss what districts are doing to implement the Standards and support teachers. This will be followed by a moderated discussion about the issues and a time for questions from the audience.
4:30 pm Reception and Networking
5:00 pm Welcome and Introductions
5:10 pm Speaker: Phil Daro, Coauthor Common Core State Standards
5:50 pm Panel Presentations
6:15 pm Moderated Discussion and Q & A
7:00 pm Adjournment
Moderator and Panelists Include:
This initiative offers a series of seminars centered on presentations by economists, political scientists, educators, and leading thinkers who are experts on some of the "big questions" about how science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education relates to economics and social equity. Each seminar includes a talk and a subsequent discussion held by a panel of local leaders who will raise questions and reactions to the presenters’ ideas. Transcriptions of these talks and discussions will be posted in this website hosting an online forum which will gather ongoing contributions from diverse participants, links to other resources, and accompanying materials. We anticipate two seminars per year for a period of five years. The initiative is led by an editorial committee, including members from different constituencies such as universities, school districts, and businesses. This editorial committee looks for funds to support the initiative while preserving total autonomy in decision making, such as in deciding on speakers to invite and on the structure of the website.
Many parents, educators, administrators, politicians, and businessmen worry about the state of STEM education and strive to support programs and policies to improve its quality and broaden access. Over the years numerous debates have spread across the nation on which programs and policies are more likely to foster students' quality preparation and interest in mathematics, science, and engineering. Many of these efforts take the form of exposing leaders and stakeholders to selected programs, innovations, and evaluations in an effort to ascertain which ones are the most deserving of support. These types of activities are useful because they help familiarize leaders with an array of ongoing initiatives taking place in formal and informal education. However, they rarely elicit discussions about the "big questions" that ultimately must orient educational reform, such as:
While we will pursue broad attendance and participation in the seminars, the main desired impact of the initiative is not necessarily media attention but educational leadership. We hope that over the years this initiative will offer support for political, economic, and educational leaders in Southern California to become better educated on the different viewpoints at the intersections between STEM education, economics, and culture. Furthermore, we expect that this richer and deeper understanding will help catalyze other initiatives striving to influence educational policies in Sacramento and Washington, as well as local innovations benefiting students and families in the San Diego area.
The Editorial Committee is formed by: