California STEM Network Webinar Series

Join us for a Webinar Series with the California STEM Network.

Most Recent Webinar


Presenters Susie B. Grimm and Frances Zazueta from PBS SoCal will share with us the model they have used to collaborate with schools, districts, and early learning organizations to provide online and blended STEM learning experiences for children ages 0 – 8 this fall. In addition, they will highlight the resources they have developed for both families and educators to support STEM learning in the early years. Prior to the pandemic, PBS SoCal worked closely with families and educators to support early learning in STEM. They leveraged the relationships and trust built through this work and their well-stocked library of high-quality, educational, and entertaining media resources to provide curated, quick, and free access to students and families when school buildings closed, and districts worked to transition to distance learning. Building on this experience, the team at PBS SoCal is offering virtual STEM Parent Academies, Math virtual camps (based on the PBS KIDS shows Odd Squad and Peg + Cat), educator webinars for distance learning with a focus in STEM and media and tech integration, virtual Family and Community Learning workshops, and digital backpacks this fall to support kids, families, and educators participate in high-quality, STEM learning experiences. Please join us to learn more about this work and how you may be able to partner with PBS in your local area.


September 9, 2020


Susie B. Grimm and Frances Zazueta, PBS SoCal

Past Webinars


Join us on this webinar to learn about the San Diego Unified School District’s Elementary STEAM Pilot Program. This program, which is now in 48 (almost half) of the district’s elementary schools, has made a significant impact on teaching and learning. Our presenters, Cheryl Hibbeln and Michael Goodbody, will share with us how partnerships and relationships built during its development have proved to be critical to help the district navigate the unique challenges posed by the shelter-in-place orders. Learn how teachers and students who are participating in the program were better prepared to make the shift to distance learning and about the curriculum that has been developed to support the integration of STEAM into the school day. Cheryl Hibbeln is currently President of IlluminatED Collective. She is the former Executive Director of School Innovation in San Diego Unified and has over twenty years of experience developing powerful relationships between education, business, and nonprofit partners in the service of meaningful and equitable graduation outcomes for all. Michael Goodbody is the STEAM Innovation Manager at San Diego Unified and currently leads the district’s STEAM initiatives, including elementary transformation. He is a former middle school science, engineering, and computer science teacher and spent 5 years as SDUSD’s industry liaison developing partnerships and programs.


Cheryl Hibbeln, President, IlluminatED Collective
Michael Goodbody, STEAM Innovation Manager, San Diego Unified School District