CSUB To Host Free Professional Learning For Educators Series

California State University, Bakersfield’s (CSUB) Kern Rural Teacher Residency will hold the Free Professional Learning for Educators Series, open to all Kern County educators on the CSUB campus. The series will take place one Saturday per month during the months of January through April. The goal of this program is to provide greater professional development opportunities and to foster active collaboration among administrators, classroom teachers and credential students. Anyone in the education field is welcome to attend. The first session, takes place on January 30, 2016 from 8 a.m. – 11 a.m. It will be held in conjunction with the Mini Maker Faire. Breakfast for attendees will be provided.

Effective teaching is essential for student success. To support the growth of local educators, the Kern Rural Teacher Residency program provides high-quality professional development in a variety of areas. Each event in the series will have an educational theme or focus while simultaneously integrating elements of the Common Core State Standards, Next Generation State Standards, and literacy across disciplines.

“These Professional Learning for Educator sessions are teacher developed, teacher focused, and teacher led. It’s exciting that CSUB continues to build connections with educators in the community,” said Dr. Kristina LaGue, Associate Professor and Principal Investigator of the Kern Rural Teacher Residency. “We want to offer this service to provide opportunities for collaboration and to thank teachers for their important work.”

A variety of topics regarding technology will be discussed on January 30th, including: technology for classroom management; using Google without Google Classroom; technology for students with special needs; Common Core tech tips for Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium; grant writing for the classroom; and the use of apps to provide students with immediate feedback.

The Kern Rural Teacher Residency Program addresses the need for qualified educators with low attrition rates in high-need rural schools with minority and English-learner populations. It is a partnership between CSUB’s School of Social Sciences & Education and three Central Valley California districts: Buttonwillow Union School District; Lamont Elementary School District; and Semitropic Elementary School District.

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