Supporting Science Education

California Science Teachers Association recognizes Assistant Superintendent Jane Steinkamp for commitment to science education

During a time of great change and progress in science education in California, one of the leaders has been San Joaquin County Office of Education Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services Jane Steinkamp. For this work, she was recognized by the California Science Teachers Association (CSTA) through its annual awards program.

Each year the CSTA recognizes and encourages excellence in science teaching through the presentation of awards to science educators who have made outstanding contributions in science education in the state and who are poised to continue the momentum of providing high quality, relevant science education into the future, according to the CSTA.

Steinkamp received the Christine Bertrand Advocacy Award, which recognizes outstanding advocacy and championing of quality science education.

In the awards announcement, the CSTA mention the work Steinkamp has done leading the California County Superintendents Educational Services Association (CCSESA) Curriculum and Instruction Steering Committee (CISC) for Science. The committee represents all 58 California counties in order to facilitate curriculum and instruction support in the implementation of state science standards.

In that role, she has been instrumental in forging a statewide partnership between the California Department of Education (CDE), California Science Project (CSP), the K12 Alliance at WestEd, the CSTA, and the committee. In doing so, this Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) collaborative has organized and delivered 10 statewide NGSS rollout events each year for the past four years.

This has been a model that has been recommended for use by other subject groups in California, and as a model for other states to use across the country, according to the CSTA. Steinkamp was among those honored at the California Science Education Conference on Dec. 1.

 Earlier this year, Steinkamp also received the National Science Education Leadership Association's Outstanding Administrative Support Award.



Posted: 12/4/2018