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CEO Meetings & Events

CEO hosts monthly presentations on the second Tuesday of each month from October through May, noon to 1:30 pm, in 303 Doe Library on the UC Berkeley campus (directions below). Events are open to all and no RSVP is required. Topics include best practices in formal and informal science education, program evaluation, diversity and broadening participation in STEM, the science of teaching and learning, updates on federal and state STEM education policy.

Upcoming events

Spring semester 2017

Tues, May 9, 12-1:30 pm

CEO MEETING: This month’s featured speaker, Michelle Hoda Wilkerson, is an Assistant Professor at UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Education. Dr. Wilkerson studies how young people learn with and about computational representations – things like computer simulations, data visualizations, or interactive graphics. She is especially interested in finding ways to give learners experience with computational representations in ways that are tightly connected to, and therefore feasible within, the existing K-12 curriculum. For example, the SiMSAM project explores how middle school students engage in model-based inquiry using an animation and simulation toolkit that allows them to first build models using stop-motion animation, and then translate those models to formal computational simulations with a menu-based programming interface. Similarly, the DataSketch project studies how enabling learners to build their own data-driven animations using digital ink sketching might serve to support exploration and modeling of the quantitative relationships that underlie systems. In this talk, Prof. Wilkerson will provide an overview of her research agenda—focused on connecting theories concerned with learning by design, idea diversity, and community knowledge building—and a broad description of emerging results. Location: 303 Doe Library.

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Directions to 303 Doe—Enter Doe Library from the north side (the side facing Memorial Glade), walk straight through the entry and hallway, then up the stairs to the right. The meeting room is on the 3rd floor at the top of the stairs. Participants are encouraged to bring their brown bag lunches to meetings.

Accessible entrances to Doe—Enter Doe Library via the main south side entrance (the side facing Campanile Way). This entrance has an automatic opener. A small elevator is located near the women’s restroom. A larger elevator is located near the South/Southeast Asia Library (120 Doe Library), down the hallway to the left. A usable entry is also located on the north side, but this entry has no automatic opener.

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Past events-fall 2016 through spring 2017

Tues, Apr 11, 12-1:30 pm
CEO MEETING: Showcasing the E&O work of UC Berkeley student-led STEM organizations. Many UC Berkeley student-led STEM organizations regularly provide or take part in education and outreach activities in our local communities. What are they doing, what drives them, and what are the opportunities to partner with them? Come meet with members of some of the more active of these groups, including Berkeley Engineers And Mentors (BEAM), the Cognitive Science Student Association (CSSA), the Society of Physics Students (SPS), and the Berkeley Student Food Collective (BSFC) to get answers to these questions and more, including some hands-on demonstrations of their E&O activities. Meeting leaders: Rachel Winheld, Science@Cal, and Dan Zevin, Space Sciences Lab. Location: 303 Doe Library.

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Tues, Mar 14, 12-1:30 pm
CEO MEETING: Center for Cities and Schools (CC+S)’s Y-PLANAn initiative to engage young people in city planning and social transformation. Featured speaker: Deborah McKoy, CC+S Executive Director, Y-PLAN creator and lecturer in Dept. of City Planning and Graduate School of Education. Engaging young people in critical analysis and revitalization of their cities provides powerful civic leadership and college readiness opportunities. Y-PLAN (Youth – Plan, Learn, Act, Now) is an award-winning model of civic, project based learning that provides students authentic and rigorous community based research experiences that closely follows the scientific method. Location: 303 Doe Library.

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Tues, Feb 14, 12-1:30 pm
CEO MEETING: Creating successful partnerships with K-12 schools. This session explores what it takes to build successful partnerships with teachers, schools, and/or districts. Panelists will highlight several partnerships, spanning multiple districts and grades K-12. Topics of discussion will include critical elements for partnership success, strategies for addressing challenges, and potential opportunities for new and expanded partnerships to address school needs. Panelists include: Cheyenne Pronga, STEM Lead & Science Teacher, MetWest High School, OaklandJoanna Totino, Director, Bay Area Science Project, Lawrence Hall of Science; and Betsy Mitchell, Berkeley Natural History Museums. Location: 303 Doe Library.

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Tues, Jan 10, 12-1:30 pm
CEO MEETING: Working successfully with youth who have experienced trauma. Recognizing the effects of trauma and understanding how to address trauma are important skills for program managers who serve youth from underserved and impoverished communities. In this session, a panel of expert program managers and youth educators will discuss how best to address the needs of this population through appropriate program design, recruitment strategies, support structures, staffing, and evaluation metrics, among other strategies. Panelists include: Kimberly Aceves, Director, RYSE Center (Richmond); Dr. Vicki Zakrzerwski, Education Director, UC Berkeley Greater Good Science Center; and Jermaine Harris, Success Program Coordinator, African American Male Pipeline Project/ Womyn In STEM Education Project, UC Berkeley Pre College TRIO Programs. Location: 303 Doe Library. Note: Zakrzerwski was unable to participate due to illness.

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Tues, Dec 13, 12-1:30 pm
CEO MEETING: Diversifying engineering: Challenges and opportunities. Speaker: Sheila Humphreys. This session addresses the challenges and opportunities of achieving greater diversity in the field of computer science and electrical engineering, but many of lessons learned are broadly applicable to all STEM disciplines. Humphreys is a recipient of the Presidential Mentoring Award which recognizes individuals for their mentoring of persons from historically underrepresented groups. She served as the first UC Berkeley campus STEM Diversity Coordinator in the College of Engineering, and as Director of Diversity in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) Department for 30 years. She will discuss her experiences as an early advocate of diversity at UC Berkeley, and will provide insight into key ingredients that are necessary for a successful diversity effort at the undergraduate and graduate level, as well as strategies that have proven effective over time. Location: 303 Doe Library.

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Tues, Nov 8, 12-1:30 pm
CEO MEETING: Understanding and Addressing Unconscious Bias in STEM. Unconscious or implicit bias can hinder diversity in STEM, but the impact can be mitigated by the use of strategies to recognize and address these biases. Speaker Cat Adams, UCB PhD candidate in Plant and Microbial Biology and organizer of the UCB student group, the Unconscious Bias Project (UBP), will discuss studies on the role of unconscious bias in STEM diversity, share tips for reducing our own implicit biases, and provide strategies to address unconscious bias in others to promote more inclusive and diverse environments. Click here to learn more about UBP, and follow UBP on Facebook and Twitter (@UBP_STEM). Location: 303 Doe Library.

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Tues, Oct 25, 12-1:00 pm
CEO Special Session: Harnessing UC Berkeley professional learning resources to support K-12 educators. Presenters: Rachel Reinhard, Director, UC Berkeley History Social Science Project (Graduate School of Education), and Shane Carter, Office for Resources on International and Area Studies (ORIAS). Individuals on campus who work with the Bay Area educator community have begun meeting to: 1) learn more about each other’s work and offerings, 2) determine whether there are ways to support each other’s work, and 3) discuss possibilities to coordinate the sharing of information with the K-12 community. This network has come together to develop a specific calendar for UCB-sponsored PD Opportunities for Educators. In this session, we will share a bit about this new network of offices and discuss opportunities to collaborate others on campus.

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Tues, Oct 11, 12-1:30 pm
CEO MEETINGCulturally mindful program development. Featured speaker: Lisa Trahan, Lawrence Hall of Science. Cultural competence, culturally responsive education, and cultural humility are terms that are often used in education and outreach work. What do these terms actually mean? What are the key strategic and practical questions that a program manager must address in order to successfully reach, connect, and engage with diverse audiences? Location: 303 Doe Library.

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Tues, Sept 13, 4-6 pm
CEO SOCIAL. This annual social is to welcome CEO members, old and new, and to usher in CEO’s sixth year as an inclusive community of practice for STEM education and outreach practitioners. All are welcome! The no-host bar features a large selection of beers on tap (also wine and non-alcoholic beverages); tasty snacks will be provided. Location: Daily Pint, 1828 Euclid, Berkeley (on Northside of campus).