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Registration Opens for Second Annual Better Together California Teachers Summit

Registration opens today for the second annual Better Together: California Teachers Summit, a free statewide day of learning on July 29 that is open to all California PreK- 12 teachers, teacher candidates, school administrators, and other educators. Teachers will come together at nearly 40 locations across the state, including California State University, Bakersfield (CSUB) to share ideas, build their networks and learn the latest strategies for implementing the new California Standards in their classrooms. Building on momentum from last year’s event that drew 15,000 teachers, the Summit will be even bigger and better, featuring nationally renowned speakers, TED-style EdTalks highlighting local teachers, and Edcamp model facilitated discussions, led by teachers, for teachers.

A unique partnership of organizations – The Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities (AICCU), the California State University (CSU), and New Teacher Center (NTC) – has joined together again to host this free statewide day of learning. Through their strong and distinct networks, the organizers will reach educators at every stage in their development – new and veteran teachers, current teaching students, and alumni.

“As California embraces new ways of teaching and learning, teachers want more opportunities to connect with and learn from their peers,” said Ellen Moir, Founder and CEO of New Teacher Center. “Summit attendees will join a growing network of teachers teaching teachers, giving them the opportunity to be both the experts and the learners.”

The Summit will feature best practices for implementing current state priorities such as the California Standards in English/Language Arts and Math and the Next Generation Science Standards. The EdTalks will feature local teachers sharing strategies and classroom victories in implementing the California Standards.

“Teachers are the experts when it comes to the California Standards – no one knows more about what’s working in the classroom and where more support is needed,” said Claire C. Cavallaro, Dean of College of Education at the California State University, Fullerton. “By helping teachers build a powerful network of peers and access effective resources, the Summit will equip teachers to make an even bigger difference in their students’ lives.”

During Edcamp sessions teachers will pick their own topics – ranging from technology in the classroom, to improving literacy in early education, or boosting science, technology, engineering, and math education – and exchange ideas with colleagues from throughout the region.

“In light of the looming teacher shortage, we must do more to celebrate and support teachers,” said Kristen Soares, President of AICCU. “The Summit is a unique opportunity for teachers to come together to collaborate and re-energize ahead of the new school year.”

For more information or to register online, please visit, and follow #CATeachersSummit for up-to-date information.

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