California Council on Science and Technology Briefing

  • by BPC Staff
  • on June 3, 2014


Invites You To Attend A Capitol Hill Lunch Briefing Featuring Two Newly Released S&T Policy-Related Reports on:

A Roadmap to a Sustainable Water Future for California and The Efficacy of Digitally Enhanced Education

Presented by:

 California Council on Science and Technology

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Noon – 1:00 P.M.

B-338 Rayburn House Office Building

Washington, DC

The California Institute invites you to a lunch briefing featuring a presentation and discussion of two reports recently released by the California Council on Science and Technology (CCST). Both reports were written in response to requests by the California State Legislature.

California Water – Achieving a Sustainable California Water Future through Innovations in Science and Technology: This report provides an overview of California’s water cycle, the needs and challenges it faces at each stage, and the identification of innovation opportunities that the state could pursue in the near future. It envisions a path toward a sustainable water future for California achieved through a systems approach, utilizing innovations in science, technology and management. The report represents input from more than 150 water experts, including representatives from state, federal, and local agencies, academia, federal research laboratories, and the private sector. It provides both near-term and long-term recommendations to be pursued by a variety of agents. In addition, the report points out technologies that can be introduced or more widely applied within the next five to ten years.

Julie Meier Wright, CCST strategic advisor and former California Secretary of Trade & Commerce, will present a brief overview on this report and implications for California and other states.

The Efficacy of Digitally Enhanced Education: This report is the latest in a series of proceedings documents from symposia hosted by CCST’s California Teacher Advisory Council (Cal TAC) and sponsored by the S.D. Bechtel, Jr. and Stuart Foundations. Symposia members, – leaders from the policy, education, business, and research communities – focused on the rapidly evolving influence of technology in the classroom, including what works well, for whom, and under what conditions in a number of instructional settings. Examination of available research revealed that existing data is strongest in articulating learning theories, curricular design frameworks, approaches to teacher professional development, and assessment designs. However, evidence falls short in guiding policy in terms of telling us what works in general, or guiding instructional decision-making by teachers in the classroom. In addition, participants learned that while individual success stories certainly exist, digitally enhanced education to date has not fulfilled its promise as a ‘great equalizer,’ and that teachers are not always comfortable with or able to effectively leverage the opportunities that the new technologies offer.

Heidi Haugen, CCST Cal TAC Chair, National Association of Biology Teachers Outstanding Biology Award recipient and agriculture teacher at Florin High School; Andy Kotko, Cal TAC Vice Chair, President’s Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching recipient, and first grade teacher at the Folsom Cordova Academy for Advanced Learning; and Angela Phillips Diaz, CCST Washington Liaison for Education, Science and Technology, will present a brief overview on this report and implications for California and other states.

CCST is a nonpartisan, impartial, not-for-profit 501(c)(3) corporation established via the California Legislature in 1988. It is designed to offer expert advice to the state government and to recommend solutions to science and technology-related policy issues.

Please join us for this luncheon briefing on Thursday, June 5th. To attend, please contact the California Institute at 202-785-5456 or .