Dinner and Dialogue

There are over 100 high schools in the East Bay who are implementing a common Project Lead The Way (PLTW) curriculum in Engineering, BioMedical and Computer Sciences. The educators in these high schools rarely have an opportunity to talk with their colleagues about best practices, challenges and needs in order to strengthen the delivery of this rigorous relevant curriculum.

PLTW Dinner & Dialogue events in the fall and spring were developed in 2011 to help our teachers connect with one another focused on curriculum delivery as well as to learn about trends in the industry, prerequisite skill sets and post-secondary education and training students need in order to access high quality STEM careers in our regional economy.

Our dinner series is always offered in a business setting to help teachers connect to real people doing real things in the local economy. This teacher opportunity is made possible through a generous grant from Chevron. If you are interested in learning more about ways in which you can get involved, please let us know. We would welcome your involvement.

Fall 2021–CLIMATE CHANGE | November 10 & CYBER SECURITY | December 8 | 4:00-7:00 p.m.

In Fall 2021, almost 100 teachers benefited from two Dinner & Dialogue evening events on November 10 and December 8 featuring hour-long discussions with industry experts in the fields of Climate Change and Cyber Security.

The Climate Change November dinner featured Bill Kelly, Climate Action Pathways in Schools; Dr. Sarah Saltzer, Stanford Center for Carbon Storage; and Christina Toms, California Water Quality Board.

The December event on Cyber Security featured Christopher Lukas, Chevron; Sarah Kaleel, Comcast; Matthew Myrick, Lawrence Livermore National Lab; and Hector Rodriguez, Amazon Web Services.

In addition to the career panel discussions, each event offered a teacher showcase and small group teacher discussions along with a personalized dinner for each participant. Dinner & Dialogue events have been held yearly since 2010 and are sponsored by Chevron in support of East Bay Project Lead The Way career pathway efforts in Engineering, Computer Science and BioMedical.

Stay tuned for more information about the Spring 2022 Dinner & Dialogue which will be scheduled in the first quarter of the year.