Details and Information

STEAM Hub Communities of Practice

Region 8 has been selected, along with Region 7 (Fresno) to be the newest recipients of the Power of Discovery grant expansion for the 2017-18 school year. We join 6 other Regions who are able to offer this expanded level of support and professional development in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) related content to expanded high-quality learning programs.

What is a Community of Practice

The STEAM Hub CoPs are provided through grant funding, so there is no cost
to participants.  However, we ask that participants commit to attend all three sessions
of the cohort to nurture partnerships, build a collaborative culture, and share local

A community of practice is designed to be a “by us for us” type of collaborative working
and learning environment.   That is, the very structure of the CoP is intentionally crafted

to promote collective learning, problem solving, and resource sharing amongst local

expanded learning colleagues.  This is NOT a conventional information delivery type of

professional development.  Content is not delivered to passive recipients but rather, participants are actively involved in directing their own learning. That is, CoPs involve joint activities such as discussion and/or site visits that allow members to build relationships with one another, which in turn enable them to learn more effectively from and with each other. The content and format of the meetings is entirely based on the emergent, mutually identified needs of the group.



Δ  STEAM Hub CoPs are designed for leaders and decision-makers.  The process of sustainable change occurs within an organization by knowledgeable leaders at multiple levels. Ideal teams are comprised of Program Leaders and Site Leaders. Individuals representing the organizations leading the regional work (e.g. COEs, districts, schools, CBOs)

Δ Program leadership: Program Directors and Grant Managers, district administrators, and CBO directors that oversee an entire program across multiple sites

Δ  Site leadership: Principals, teacher liaisons, and Site C0ordinators that manage front line staff at one program site.

(These are strategy sessions designed for program decision makers, not “make-it, take-it” or “how-to” workshops for front-line staff)



» An ongoing opportunity to NETWORK with other local expanded learning leaders in order to gain information about promising practices and resources that can help participants improve their own program quality

» An increased understanding of what it means to DESIGN and IMPLEMENT high quality STEM learning opportunities for students in expanded learning program sites.

» An increased understanding of and ability to DEVELOP collaborative partnerships to support high quality STEM learning opportunities for students


STEAM Hub Communities of Practice will explore:


§   STEM Needs Assessment

§   STEM Program evaluation tools

§   STEM Learning models: FIVE “E “
Model, Engineering Design Model, Dimensions of Success

§   Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)

§   Coaching & Facilitation Skills

§   Project-based Learning

§   Inquiry-based Learning

§   Building partnerships with the school day and community

§   Continuous Improvement Process (CQI)

§   Parent Engagement in STEM




Three Steam Hubs will be established in Region 8 during the 2018-19 school year, based on geographical proximity.  Each STEAM Hub cohort will hold three 4-hour collaborative sessions, each held on Saturdays from 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM, to allow program leaders to participate without sacrificing program time.  There will also be opportunities for site visits and virtual discussion sessions in between scheduled cohort sessions.  Cohort members can also take advantage of on-site coaching and PD sessions for local site staff.


KERN County STEAM Hub: Open to all programs in Kern County

     Dates: Sat. 9/22/18    11/3/18    1/12/19    3/30/19

     Location: TBD, Bakersfield


NORTH Coast STEAM Hub: Open to programs in SLO & Northern SB County
     Dates:  Sat.  9/29/18    11/17/18   2/23/19    4/13/19

     Location: Lucia Mar Unified School District, Arroyo Grande


SOUTH Coast STEAM Hub: Open to programs in Southern SB & Ventura County

     Dates:  Sat.    9/15/18    11/10/18    1/26/19    4/6/19
     Location: Ventura Unified School District, Ventura