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Take Part in Collaborative STEM in San Diego

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Join us on 4/27 for a virtual conversation about collaborative STEM in San Diego through a multifaceted lens

Reimagining School is a job for the Whole Educational Community, not just a few decision-makers at the top. Join us for a virtual conversation next week about advancing collaborative STEM

The COVID-19 pandemic has only illuminated the importance for synergy within the Whole Educational Community.

Sarnese, 2021, Whole Educational Community Collaborations to Reimagine School

An incredible regional example of successful Whole Educational Community collaborations in STEM Education can be found within San Diego County. Leading partner organizations include: UC San Diego CREATE, Department of Defense (DoD) STEM, the San Diego STEM Ecosystem, TIES, and the San Diego Workforce Partnership.

Next week, these groups along with several Defense STEM Education Consortium (DSEC) partners are convening for an event, “STEM in San Diego: Resources & Needs.” This event is designed to maximize collaboration among regional partners in an effort to provide equitable educational opportunities for underrepresented groups and military connected individuals in STEM.

STEM in San Diego: Resources & Needs

STEM in San Diego: Resources & Needs. April 27, 2021 11:00 am - 12:30 am PDT. Diverse learners put their hands on a plasma ball. Brought to you by UC San Diego CREATE, TIES, DoD STEM, San Diego STEM Ecosystem, and the San Diego Workforce Partnership
STEM in San Diego: Resources & Needs | April 27, 2021 – 11am-12:30pm PDT
Brought to you by: UC San Diego CREATE, TIES, Department of Defense (DoD) STEM, the San Diego STEM Ecosystem, and the San Diego Workforce Partnership.

Virtual Event Name: STEM in San Diego: Resources & Needs

Date and Time: Tuesday, April 27th at 11:00-12:30 pm PDT

DSEC is a collaborative partnership that seeks to inspire the next generation of scientists & engineers to safeguard our nation’s ability to remain globally competitive. This convening will collectively explore the current state of STEM in the region, identify STEM resources/partners and discuss STEM needs in the greater San Diego area.

STEM is much more than education, it is the fastest growing workforce sector, a booming industry in San Diego and provides ample opportunity for upward mobility – especially among individuals from underrepresented backgrounds.

Beto Vasquez, Community Outreach and Engagement Coordinator, UC San Diego CREATE

I had the pleasure of sitting down and speaking with Beto Vasquez, Community Outreach and Engagement Coordinator for UC San Diego CREATE (Center for Research on Educational Equity, Assessment & Teaching Excellence).

Beto is one of the leaders of the DSEC efforts toward STEM equity in San Diego. He described himself as “living between two systems: the San Diego STEM Ecosystem and the DoD DSEC world… So my overall goal is to bring both of these spheres together…for our regional Ecosystem for STEM.” Beto, CREATE and DSEC are leading the way to bridge the gap between federal priorities and local needs in San Diego.

The STEM Learning Ecosystem Approach: Learner at the center, all community members have a role to play in intentional collaboration.
The Whole Educational Community: A student's experience of "School" includes Educators, the Community, and Parents & Guardians. elevatEd Classrooms logo in corner.
The Whole Educational Community: Learner at the center; their education is a combined influence from Educators + Community + Parents & Guardians.

As a military town with a robust network of STEM partners and educational institutions, the US federal government (DoD STEM) wants to see their DSEC partners in San Diego serving the targeted populations of underrepresented groups and military-connected families.

The DoD is interested in ensuring the US remains internationally competitive as the “world leader in advanced manufacturing, robotics, artificial intelligence, and biotechnology… By inspiring new and future talent in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields, we are poised to prepare the next generation for the ever changing landscapes of threats that our nation may face.” DoD STEM

Collaborative STEM in San Diego

Genuinely, Beto made it very clear that the goal of next Tuesday’s event was to bring important constituents together for a collaborative conversation about the importance of approaching STEM in San Diego through a multifaceted lens.

“The spirit of the event on the 27th is really just about building collaboration”

Beto Vasquez, Community Outreach and Engagement Coordinator, UC San Diego

STEM through a multifaceted lens? So Science + Technology + Engineering + Mathematics? Beto says STEM is so much more than these four disciplines.

What is the impact of STEM?

For families, STEM education brings promise of generational change, opportunity for upward mobility, opportunity to overcome economic hardships or poverty through STEM careers. But there are some challenges too and barriers-to-entry that aren’t talked about enough.

Beto’s goal is for “STEM in San Diego: Resources & Needs” to be one cohesive conversation about all of the impacts from- and barriers to- STEM in the San Diego region, which are often treated separately- especially when considering socioeconomic status, cultural/family obligations, and social-emotional factors of the students and families we serve.

“Step out of STEM for a bit,” Beto says. STEM can also be about access, opportunities, and meeting the needs of our community members. STEM can benefit and catalyze the entire community, the local economy, and most importantly individual lives.

Local Resources that San Diego STEM Ecosystem partners can tap into:

MATHCOUNTS – Their programs build problem solving skills and positive attitudes about math, so students embrace challenges and expand their academic and career opportunities in the future.

TECHNOLOchicas – This program helps to show the Latino community that their daughters can achieve the same, or even greater, success in the technology industry. “She can’t be what she can’t see.”

Join Next Week’s Conversation Around Collaborative STEM in San Diego

Beto wants people to walk away from next week’s DSEC event knowing that the conversation about STEM can also be the conversation about diverse, realistic future career exploration, advancement, and equity.

We encourage any local stakeholders, including PK-16 educators/ administrators, CTE, business and industry leaders, STEM-rich institutions such as museums and libraries, informal or out-of-school time educators, elected officials, policymakers, government entities, community organizations, and students, to attend.

elevatEd Classrooms is excited to continue to DSEC efforts to illuminate equitable, collaborative STEM in San Diego. Jaclyn Sarnese is also a leader within the San Diego STEM Ecosystem as the co-chair for the Innovation in K-12 Working Group.

Feel free to join an Innovation in K-12 Working Group Meeting on the second Friday of every month from 10:00-11:30 am PT.

You are all members of your Whole Educational Community and STEM Ecosystem already! Come take part in next week’s conversation, “STEM in San Diego: Resources & Needs.”

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Paula Blanco, MAT

Paula Blanco is currently a bilingual  kindergarten teacher at a dual-immersion school. Paula first received a bachelor’s degree in foreign language teaching and in infant education. Paula found her passion teaching and went back for a MAT Spanish (teaching Spanish as a second language).  After her education, Paula moved from Spain to the United States. Ms. Blanco is an experienced teacher with 9+ years of classroom experience.

Amiee Masters Altman, MsEd

Aimee Masters Altman is currently a middle school language arts teacher in southern New Jersey.  As a teacher with over 13 years experience, she has worked as a Kindergarten-6th grade Library-Media Specialist, a 3rd grade inclusion teacher, as well as a middle school language arts teacher.  Mrs. Altman graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in Sociology with a concentration in health and medicine and a minor in Women’s Studies.  During her time at UPenn, she found her passion for teaching while working the Extended School Year program for students with special needs.  She then went on to earn her Master’s degree in Education in Reading/Writing/Literacy with a certification as a Reading Specialist from the University of Pennsylvania School of Education.  She continued her education for a Library-Media Specialist certification at Rutgers University.  Mrs. Altman has sat on many committees to analyze, select, and write curriculum.

Korey Sewell, PhD

Dr. Korey Sewell , founder of Hands-On Technology Education, is a professional engineer and educator specializing in Computer Science & Engineering. He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Michigan (2012) and his Bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Riverside (2004). His professional background consists of work at places such as Intel, Apple, Qualcomm and MIPS Technologies with interests in Microprocessors, CPU Workloads, and Simulation Methodology. As an educator, Dr. Sewell aspires for Hands-On Technology to continue to fulfill its mission of empowering the K-12 demographic with innovative, practical, and affordable technology-based activities (summer camps, workshops, and after-school programs).

Jacqueline Masters, EDS, MA

Jacqueline received her Ed.S and M.A. degree in School Psychology from Rowan University and her B.S. degree in Psychology from Drexel University. She is currently certified in New Jersey and practices full time in the public school system. She has been working with the elementary and middle school students for 6+ years. She works to consult and collaborate with teachers, parents, and students to maximize their education and social experience. Additionally she completes cognitive and behavioral assessments as part of the Special Education process. She specializes in educating students, teachers, and parents on a variety of disorders such as anxiety, depression, ADHD, Autism, Specific Learning Disabilities, as well mood disorders and various developmental disorders.