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We can’t expect students to get excited about science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) if their teachers aren’t.

County Office of Education Cultivates Educators’ Love of STEM

  • 2018-12-13T18:13:00.000+0000
  • San Diego
  • Author: Leandra Boysen

We can’t expect students to get excited about science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) if their teachers aren’t passionate, knowledgeable, and prepared to incorporate STEM concepts in and out of the classroom.
The San Diego County Office of Education (SDCOE) is committed to advancing student achievement in STEM subjects and that means educating district and school leaders, teachers, and after-school program providers to ensure they have the tools necessary for students to succeed.

SDCOE’s Science team facilitates annual academies to help teachers and leaders throughout the year grow their knowledge and practice of the state’s new Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). They have also created an NGSS Resource Center filled with information, ideas, best practices, and more for educators to put the new standards in action.

The Education Technology team hosts a technology coaching network and academy where teachers learn how to integrate technology in the classroom and include designing and making in their curriculum.
The County Office has two before- and after-school program teams that make STEM learning outside of school hours a priority. The Expanded Learning team facilitates the state and federal grants provided to school districts’ after-school programs, and the Resources and Technical Assistance Center ensures those grantees provide high-quality learning that supports the students’ core classroom work.

SDCOE also operates the original 6th Grade Camp at Cuyamaca Outdoor School, which has been connecting students to science through nature since 1946. Thousands of students each school year spend a week learning about STEM concepts hands-on in Cuyamaca Rancho State Park.

SDCOE’s Mathematics team works with teachers and administrators to build their understanding of math concepts, quality instruction for students, and tools to help students grow their math language.
The Career Technical Education team is connecting businesses to the classroom by facilitating guest speakers, internships, mentorships, and site visits for high school classrooms across the county. The team also helps schools integrate career pathways into existing core classes to help connect the world of work with students as they make decision on their future.

With its new Innovation division, SDCOE will continue to help lead the way with new opportunities in STEM for districts, schools, and students.

Find out more about how SDCOE makes STEM education a priority for students at