California State University, Bakersfield to Sponsor Unprecedented Convening of California Teachers

On July 31st, California State University, Bakersfield (CSUB), will be one of 33 host sites for the Better Together: California Teachers Summit. The event will be held from 8:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Student Recreation Center Solario Room.

The goal of this one-day program is to share innovative strategies that empower our PreK-12 teachers and build powerful teacher communities to positively impact our students. New Teacher Center (NTC), in partnership with California State University (CSU), the Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities (AICCU) and its member institutions, will co-host Better Together: California Teachers Summit, which is designed to help teachers learn from each other, share best practices in implementing the new California Standards and celebrate their work. The summit is supported by $3.5 million grants to a partnership that includes NTC, CSU Fullerton and Loyola Marymount University from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

“California teachers know that the time to impact the lives of students is always going to be now,” said Ellen Moir, Founder and CEO of New Teacher Center. “This event will allow 20,000 teachers to celebrate in-classroom successes while building a powerful and lasting support network.”

As teachers prepare for the upcoming school year, Better Together: California Teachers Summit provides a unique opportunity to hear from nationally renowned speakers and give teachers a forum to share cutting-edge strategies and proven best practices led by teachers, for teachers. The speaker for CSU will be Ed Dela Vega. Those who attend will come away with concrete tools and strategies for navigating recent changes in implementing the new California Standards, and a network of colleagues from their home region to support future collaboration.

“California’s teachers work tirelessly every day to make sure our students thrive,” said Kristen Soares, President of AICCU. “This gathering celebrates their achievements and brings them back to their AICCU campus community to equip them with research based practices to ensure their continued success in a changing environment.”

“With roots extending back a century to its teacher college origins, the CSU is honored to host this special day of professional collaboration,” said CSU Chancellor Timothy P. White. “Through peer learning and exchange, California teachers continue to be at the forefront of classroom innovation – further igniting the spark of learning in their students.”

All California teachers, teacher candidates and school administrators are invited to participate in this summit. Events will be held throughout California and registration is free. CSUB is expecting 500 participants, including teaching alumni. The summit will include a “Toast for Teachers” hosted by the Alumni Association at CSUB. For more information or to register online, please visit www.cateacherssummit.com, and follow #CATeachersSummit for up-to-date information.

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