Highlighted Opportunity 

CTE Focused Section of the Solutionary Teacher Fellowship 


The 2022-23 Solutionary Teacher Fellowship will focus on Environmental and Climate Justice, and is available to K-12 teachers at every grade level, and subject area. At different times in the program, participants will have the opportunity to connect with colleagues in smaller more job alike settings: K-2, 3-5, 6-12 by subject area, and secondary CTE

  • Key Focus: How do you address the topic of climate change in your first semester standards-based curriculum, and create solutionary opportunities for students to be empowered to think global and act local on the climate crisis?

  • Context: While the issues and impacts of climate change are experienced year-round, many of the impacts of climate change such as high heat, drought, wildfires, and storm-based flooding occur during the summer and fall in California. Additionally, the world comes together annually for Climate Week in September, and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in November. Therefore, this semester helps teachers at all grade levels and subject areas find ways to integrate solutionary climate literacy into their curriculum.

  • Requirements: Develop and implement a solutionary mini-unit (1-2 weeks) focused on addressing the climate crisis

  • Incentives: Eligible to apply for CEUs and $1,000 Stipend

More information can be found here


For Teachers/Administrators

Green Career Awareness and Exploration Middle School Modules Professional Development

July 14, 26th, 27th, and 28th, 2022

Invigorate your middle school STEAM courses and/or elective program with six, free, fifteen- lesson modules on a variety of green careers. Each module is designed to be environmentally- focused, standards-aligned, hands-on, and problem-based, and conclude with a student design challenge. 

The San Mateo County Office of Education is offering free summer workshops to support classroom implementation:

  • Agriscience
    • July 14, 2022 | Morning
    • Virtual through Zoom
    • Learn about soil and solve problems related to soil infertility.
  • Biotechnology
    • July 14, 2022 | Afternoon
    • Virtual through Zoom
    • Learn about biodegradable materials and design sustainable products.
  • Energy and Power
    • July 26, 2022 | Morning
    • Virtual through Zoom
    • Learn about water heating and design a solar water heater.
  • Engineering
    • July 26, 2022 | Afternoon
    • Virtual through Zoom
    • Learn about sea-level rise and save a fictitious island from disaster.
  • Computer Science
    • July 27, 2022 | Full Day
    • Virtual through Zoom
    • Learn to code and solve environmental justice issues.
  • Product Design
    • July 28, 2022 | Morning
    • Virtual through Zoom
    • Learn about biomimicry and solve the plastic problem.

San Mateo County educators are eligible for a $100 stipend for each module. Register for our workshops here: https://forms.gle/fcDvemqRmtqQePNm7 

Meta’s Engineer for the Week (EFTW)

May 31, 2022; September 30, 2022; and January 31, 2023

Started in 2018, EFTW is a free program that introduces engineering to K-12 learners historically underrepresented in STEM. Learners build tech prototypes that address a social issue of their choice, discover that they have the power to develop solutions, and connect with Meta engineers to learn about their career journeys.  

What are the new features of the program?
  • Localized content: The entire program is now available in both English and Spanish.
  • New Open Program model: Facilitators can join and complete the program with their learners at any time. They can submit a project on one of the three deadlines: May 31, 2022; September 30, 2022; and January 31, 2023.
  • New project offering: Learners who do not have a computer or internet can now explore engineering through Products with Purpose.
  • New Facilitator Portal: Educators now have a one-stop-shop to find everything they need to implement the program.
How can I join or refer someone to the program?
  • If this program sounds like something you want to bring to your community, sign up here!
  • If you know someone you would like to refer to the program, fill out the contact form and add their information.
  • If you want to learn more about EFTW, visit the English or Spanish website. 

LEED Green Associate Exam Prep-Take-Teach for Teachers

May 2022

This program is for high school teachers who want to improve their own understanding of green building principles and strategies in order to better prepare students for green jobs. Teachers will be prepared to pass the LEED Green Associate exam using a curriculum they can deliver in their classrooms. The cost of the course includes 8 live sessions, online textbook, curriculum, and registration for the LEED Green Associate exam. Participants will attend the live course weekly, and take the exam (at a time of their own choosing) in the four months that follow the final session of the course. More information here.

A Day at the Ranch

May 20, 2022 at 10:00 AM.

TomKat Ranch is a 1,800-acre grass-fed cattle ranch in the San Francisco Bay Area. Our team of ranchers, scientists, and advocates work to discover, demonstrate, and broadcast agricultural practices that promote productivity and resilience on natural and working lands. Over the next five years, we want to have inspired the transition of five million acres of California rangeland to regenerative management.
Register soon because space is limited.


ICT Faculty Development Weeks

June 6 - 24, 2022

Faculty Development Weeks is for learning and connecting with peers. Don't let your skill level or programming expertise hold you back from attending! We have some exciting workshops available for those with entry level skill sets. See some highlights below:

Amazon Future Engineer 22-23 Sponsorship Program

  • Through this program, Amazon is providing 100% financial assistance to help eligible middle and high schools implement a 6-year computer science sequence and corresponding professional development programs in partnership with Project STEM. Schools will be able to implement foundational computer science courses, starting with middle school courses: Computer Science Explorations 1: Fundamentals in Scratch and the first-of-its-kind Artificial Intelligence (AI) course. Creative Media will be rolling out in the subsequent school year. High school courses include: CS Python FundamentalsAP Computer Science Principles, and AP Computer Science A-Java.

  •  Amazon’s funding will provide all curricular and teacher resources, including fully sequenced and paced digital lessons for students. Teachers will receive detailed lesson plans, 40-hour professional development course(s), and ongoing dedicated teacher support throughout the academic year.

  • If you are interested, please click here to complete a brief application (you will need to copy/paste your Invitation Codes: School ID: 104795 and Educator ID: OCUFKF. Schools and/or educators for whom financial hardship has been a significant barrier to implementing or expanding computer science will be prioritized.


June 15 to June 17, 2022

This training is aimed at high school biology/bioscience teachers new to biotech techniques or who would like a refresher. You have to attend all 2.5 days of the workshop. Breakfast and lunch will be served for all 3 days. Priority will be given to teachers from underserved schools.

  • Wednesday: June 15, 2022, 9 - 3:30 PM
  • Thursday: June 16, 2022, 9 - 3:30 PM
  • Friday: June 17, 2022, 9 - 12:30 PM
  • Location: Genentech Science Garage in South San Francisco
  • CSUEB Grad Credits: 3.0

At the end of the workshop, you will:

  • Have worked through several BABEC lessons from micropipetting to PCR, gaining technical knowledge, tips, and tricks, and interpreting the results
  • Feel confident in setting up the reagents and equipment for your classroom, for several BABEC lessons
  • Collaborate with other teachers to learn how best to incorporate the lesson(s) in your Living Earth/Biology/Biotech courses

Register here

For Students

ICT Tech Talks


The Bay ICT Tech Talks are a series of virtual talks and Q&A with ICT industry professionals about their roles, experience, and personal career path. Tech Talks are one-hour Zoom meetings, scheduled twice per month (usually a Monday or Tuesday) at 6:00pm Pacific.

Learn more here.


Program for Investigation and Training for Careers in Health

Program Dates: M/W/F July 18th - August 5th, 2022
Application Due: Friday, April 29th, 2022

PITCH HS internship program is now taking applications from SF Bay Area high school students. PITCH, or the Program for Investigation & Training for Careers in Health, is a 3-week summer internship for high school students.
As a PITCH program participant, you will:
  • Explore careers within dentistry, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, and physical therapy
  • Conduct research and participate in labs and activities directly related to healthcare
  • Meet UCSF professors and graduate student mentors throughout the internship

Apply here: https://ucsf.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0SAUrTBs22xfbgO  

Kaiser Permanente Summer Career Pathways Program

July 25-29 from 9am-3pm - Hybrid program at San Jose Medical Center

During this free 1-week program, students will:
• Explore a variety of health care career options
• Meet and engage in daily discussions with physicians, clinicians and staff
• Participate in professional development workshops
• High School Student
• Have a grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 or higher
• Must be able to attend all 5 program days
• Priority will be given to students from low to moderate income households
• If selected, students must be able to connect online using a device 
DEADLINE TO APPLY: FRIDAY, APRIL 1st , 2022 @ 5:00 pm Please download the application, complete it, and email all your completed documents to kp-scpp@kp.org, Subject Line: High School 2022 SCPP.


Ongoing Resources

K12 Regional Work-Based Learning Opportunities

The Bay Area Community College Consortium shares resources and events for students in the Bay Area through its K12 Regional WBL Padlet

Some current highlights from the Padlet: 

  • ICT Virtual Faculty Development - June
  • Summer Cyber Camps - June
  • Virtual and In-Person: Manufacturing Summer Camps across Bay Region 

Bay ICT quarterly newsletter 

Evergreen Valley College Online Teaching And Educational Technology Certificate

Evergreen Valley College is offering a new online teaching certificate / professional development for K12 teachers/instructors. This certification will:

  • Provide a comprehensive education using best practices and up to date technology for teachers who wish to teach quality online courses.
  • Create a hiring, promotional, or compensation advantage for teachers who intend to work in these fast-growing and competitive career fields.
  • Enhance access to education by learning how to provide online courses in accordance with state, district, and college guidelines.

Click here for more information

Past Event Resources

Karen Gnusti

Executive Director, College, Career & Secondary Education

Email: kgnusti@smcoe.org

Phone: (650) 802-5331

Doron Markus

Coordinator, Career Technical Education (CTE) & STEM

Email: dmarkus@smcoe.org

Phone: (650) 802-5405

Sarah Watanabe

Coordinator, K12 Strong Workforce & STEM

Email: swatanabe@smcoe.org

Phone: (650) 802-5432

Katia Sturtevant

Administrative Assistant II

Email: ksturtevant@smcoe.org

Phone: (650) 802-5481

Fax: (650) 802-5503

Terri Aiello

Administrative Assistant III