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Saturday, March 1st

Saturday Seminars Series

Saturday Seminar Logo“Co-sponsored with The Bay Area Math Project and The Bay Area Science Project” (Open to the Public)

Saturday Seminars run from 8:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. and are hosted at:

Albany Middle School
1259 Brighton Avenue
Albany, CA 94706

Keynote begins promptly at 9:00 a.m.

Light refreshments: Coffee tea and bagels

For more information or questions please contact: Carolyn Billingsley at (510) 642-7154 or cbillingsley@berkeley.edu

Building STEAM

In this climate of economic uncertainty, America is once again turning to creativity as the way to ensure a prosperous future. Yet innovation remains tightly coupled with Science, Technology, Engineering and Math — the STEM subjects. Art and Design are poised to transform our economy in the 21st century just as science and technology did in the 20th. Join us as we explore strategies to engage students in STEAM.

Emily Pilloton Keynote: Emily Pilloton; Emily founded Project H (http://www.projecthdesign.org) to use design to empower people, amplify the raw brilliance of youth, and to get her hands dirty after too many years in an office. Trained in architecture (UC Berkeley) and product design (SAIC), Emily believes in design as an honest process of building and activism for community benefit. Most days she resides in the Studio H classroom/shop with her high school students, but she travels occasionally for lectures and workshops around the world. A California girl, runner, border collie lover, and unwavering optimist, she has appeared on the TED stage and the Colbert Report, and authored the book Design Revolution.

8:45 am – 9:00 am: REGISTRATION
9:00 am – 10:15 am: KEYNOTE PRESENTATION

Pouring Concrete Over Roses – Emily Pilloton and Victor Diaz
Co-led by keynote Emily Pilloton and REALM Charter School director Victor Diaz, this interactive session will
present opportunities for further dialogue around grit, creativity, and dirt-under-your-fingernails project-based
learning. Victor will speak about the reality of integrating school-wide creativity, and the power of dynamic
partnerships and projects to bring rigor and relevance to all students.

11:30 am – 11:40 am: BREAK
11:40 am – 12:40 am: WORKSHOPS

Math Workshop Grades K-8
STEAM: Leading with mathematics in an interdisciplinary approach
Cecilio Dimas, STEAM Director, Santa Clara County Office of Education
This session will begin with an exploration of various structures of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering,
Arts, and Math), from discipline specific to integrated approaches. From that lens, participants will experience
aspects of an interdisciplinary STEAM unit based in mathematical elements. Participants will leave this session
with an understanding of the difference between various STEAM structures and how to begin framing a STEAM

Science Workshop Grades 3-10
Engaging Students in STEAM – Now and for the future
Gillian Thomas, STEAM Instructor, Julia Morgan School for Girls and Katie Topper, Tech Director, Julia
Morgan School for Girls
Women are traditionally underrepresented in STEM fields. Research shows that this trend begins at a very early
age, with girls joining fewer technology and engineering-related clubs than boys in elementary and middle
school. In this workshop, we will look at various engaging projects that can be brought into classrooms and after
school clubs to help give all students a strong background in STEAM, including the curriculum development and
implementation process.

Writing Workshop Grades K-12
Preparing Students to Succeed on New Assessments
Dr. Lanette Jimerson, 9th Grade English Teacher, Academic Research and Program Manager at Stanford
University, and Faculty Member at UC Berkeley
In this third and final break out session for Saturday Seminar, Lanette will guide participants in designing
assessment aligned to the components of the SBAC writing performance tasks. Key areas of focus will be
leveling non-fiction texts, designing research tasks, and writing appropriate prompts. Bring topics and texts you
are planning to use. If possible, bring a laptop as well. This will be an enlightening hands-on workshop.

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Saturday, March 8th

Presenters’ Collective Network (PCN)

Teachers empower themselves and inspire others as they engage in meaningful exchanges around refining and responding to professional presentations. (Teaching Fellows Only )

TC’s interested in attending, please RSVP to Michelle Baptiste- michellebaptiste@berkeley.edu

UC Berkeley 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Sunday, March 9th

Writing Teachers Write

A monthly literary reading series featuring Bay Area Writing Project Teacher Consultants and other local writers reading from their own work. (Open to the Public)

Expressions Gallery  3:00-4:30 p.m.

2035 Ashby Avenue @ Adeline in Berkeley (very close to Ashby BART)

We Welcome Teacher Writers Carol Dorf and Catherine Freeling

Carol Dorf

Carol DorfCarol Dorf’s poems appear in Antiphon, Qarrtsiluni, Spillway, OVS, Canary, Sin Fronteras, In Posse Review, Poemeleon, Fringe, Moira, Unlikely Stories, The Journal of Humanistic Mathematics, Scientific American, Maintenant, The Prose Poem Project, and The Mom Egg. They have been anthologized in Not A Muse, Best of Indie New England, Boomer Girls, and elsewhere. She is poetry editor of Talking Writing and a Teacher Consultant with the Bay Area Writing Project.

Catherine Freeling

Catherine FreelingCatherine Freeling began in theatre, then turned to public school teaching, and has now arrived at poetry. Which feels like finding home. She’s been a finalist in the Rattle, Nimrod and Bellevue Literary Review poetry contests, and a runner-­‐up in Hunger Mountain’s contest. Besides these journals, her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Calyx, Poet Lore, New Ohio Review, Chautauqua, Women’s Review of Books and other publications.

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Friday, March 14th

East Bay Write Easy

Writing Group for Teachers (Open to the Public)

Mudraker’s Cafe 4:00-6:00 p.m.2801 Telegraph Ave at Stuart in Berkeley, CA

Join us to write, share, chat, eat, drink and warm ourselves with words and with other teachers and writers. We’ll offer prompts, but you are always free to write what you want and need to write. We use the Amherst Writers and Artists response guidelines to give feedback to our fresh, unedited work.

Bring your pen, your computer, a prompt to share and get your writing on!

Saturday, March 15th

What the Tech is Going On?

Join us for What the Tech is Going On?, the fourth event in a unique technology series for K-12 teachers, hosted by the Bay Area Writing Project in partnership with UC Berkeley. (Open to the Public- bringing your own laptop encouraged- web access will be provided)

All sessions will focus on deepening writing instruction through the use of technology in order to meet Common Core Writing Standards.

What the Tech is Going On? LogoFee: $20.00 for teachers

UC Berkeley Tolman Hall (Room 2319 & 2326)

9:00-9:30 a.m. Coffee and Pastries

9:30-11:00 a.m. Breakout sessions

Space is limited. Sign up now at

Session A: Animation

Spend some time learning a few basic online tools that will allow your students to become novice media makers. Sites like Animoto and Prezi allow students to express their thoughts and ideas in an animated or video format. Be prepared to write, upload pics and revise your work as you, too, learn some basics of producing videos!

Stephanie RobillardStephanie Robillard, a library media specialist in Oakland Unified School District, has been working with middle schoolers for the past twenty years. In addition to connecting kids with books, she is also the lead teacher on her school’s technology team. Stephanie has worked with Young Writers Camps as a teacher an also as editor of the ezine. She is an avid baseball fan.

Session B: Scratch

This workshop will introduce teachers to the possibilities of using Scratch, a free web-based MIT
Media Labs created programming language and program that allows participants to animate images (real people and
fictional characters) while learning basic programming concepts. One can create interactive games and stories that incorporate
students’ voices, as well as images.

Cliff LeeClifford Lee is an assistant professor in the Kalmanovitz School of Education at St. Mary’s College of California. He is a former English, Social Studies, and Media Arts teacher at Life Academy High School in East Oakland. He continues to be driven by the transformation of inequitable opportunities for urban youth of color. His research and social justice work reflects this as he examines and creates opportunities for youth to participate and engage in work at the intersections of critical literacies, computational thinking practices, and youth culture.

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