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By CA STEAM Symposium
Here on Lunch Bites, we engage educators in discussions on innovative practices, resources, and practical solutions to benefit our students and our greater education community.
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Culturally Relevant Phenomena In Science

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Compassion Centered Education with Dr. Jacquelyn Ollison
"The other thing you can do is to practice self compassion. Love yourself. Be kind to yourself. Extend the grace you would afford to anyone else going through tremendous turmoil to yourself. You're worth it!" Dr. Jacquelyn Ollison is the Program Director of the California Teacher Residency Lab at CDE Foundation. She is a committed educator with extensive education experience as a teacher and school site, district, and state administrator. Dr. Jacquelyn Ollison addresses the issue of compassion fatigue, and how teachers suffer from the emotional labor of serving their students. Resources Mentioned: Read her blog: Compassion Centered Education Watch her TEDx Talk: Compassion Fatigue
October 22, 2020
Early Education & STEAM
“Every last one of us is responsible for the world we live in. When we are asking our children to be better than that, we should be asking ourselves the same thing. Despite everything that is going on...a pandemic, a fiscal depression, serious climate change, and civil unrest, we have to see another way... We have created this. If we want to create a different reality, THIS is the day we do it. And I’m thinking ahead about STEAM and the Symposium. This is the time to think about how we do this better.” Carla Bryant is the Executive Director and creator of the District Innovation and Leadership for Early Education (DIAL EE) supporting school districts as they create and implement effective early learning structures that assist children from communities with less social, political, and monetary capital build a strong educational foundation. Resources Mentioned: White Paper: Recommendations for Home Learning Materials DIAL-EE Website For more information about the California STEAM Symposium visit:
October 14, 2020
Culturally Relevant Phenomena In Science
This week’s episode features Dr. Leena Bakshi, founder and executive director of the nonprofit, STEM 4 Real.  She introduces the concept of culturally relevant phenomena and provides tangible examples of how educators can use them in their classrooms.  She also addresses anti-racism in STEM classrooms and shares her reflections on our Building Community With STEAM Pre-Conference in August. Resources Mentioned: For more information about the California STEAM Symposium visit:
September 29, 2020
A Student’s Perspective: Welcoming BIPOC Students to STEAM
This week's episode features Ashley Alvarez, a 2020 high school graduate who is starting her freshman year at Harvard this fall. You may recognize Ashley from the Social Justice Learning Institute student panel at our Building Community With STEAM Pre-Conference in August. She reflects on her recent experience as a summer intern on the STEAM Team at the CDE Foundation during a global pandemic and a national reckoning on racial justice. For more information about the California STEAM Symposium visit:
September 2, 2020
Creating a Trusting School Environment
This week's episode focuses on utilizing strategic frameworks from Community Schools, a relationship-based way to approach student growth. Our guests are Hayin Kimner, an education policy advisor, and Gustavo Morales, the Program Manager of The CA Labor Management Initiative at CDE Foundation. They reflect on the PACE Report, Community Schools: A COVID-19 Recovery Strategy, and share their experiences helping students, families, educators, and community partners come together to create a trusting school environment.
August 27, 2020
Staying Connected With Students When You Are At A Distance
This week's episode features Edwin Kang, the STEM Specialist at the Mendocino County Office of Education. He describes how he has been supporting students and teachers not only here in California, but also in Indonesia and Borneo. He also shares his biggest takeaway from the Lunch Bites "Creativity and Engineering with Household Robotics" webinar episode with the Robotics Education & Competition Foundation.
August 12, 2020
Equity & Creativity in Computer Science
This week's podcast features Jean Ryoo, a researcher at the UCLA Computer Science Equity Project. She reflects on how her work shapes effective pedagogical practices that promote academic engagement for students who have historically been denied access to quality computer science education. She also shares her past experience working at the Exploratorium, as well as her interview with a recent high school graduate who attended the Summer of CS. They explore how to attract youth to computer science, STEAM-related classes, and STEAM careers.  For more information about the California STEAM Symposium visit: For more information about the Summer of Computer Science visit:
July 29, 2020
Hands-On Distance Learning & The Power of Thinking Routines
This week's podcast features Yamileth Shimojyo, a STEAM/Science Administrator at the Riverside County Office of Education. She reacts to a presentation on the power of thinking routines that was led by Justin Boner of Maker Ed, and shares how she has used these tools in her role.
July 22, 2020
Mathematics Through the Lens of Social Justice with Albert David Valderramma
Our first episode features Albert David Valderrama, an educator, as he shares reflections on his international career and his teacher credentialing program at Cal State University Long Beach. He also reacts to Dr. Kyndall Brown’s, the Executive Director of California Mathematics Project, presentation on Math Through the Lens of Social Justice. He also revisits Dr. Chris Emdin’s 2019 California STEAM Symposium Keynote presentation focused on the use of hip hop in education.
June 25, 2020