Alert: COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

California Teachers: Register Today for Unique Day of Learning

As California embraces new ways of teaching and learning, teachers want more opportunities to connect with and learn from their peers. Teachers are the experts when it comes to California Standards – no one knows more about what’s working in the classroom and where more support is needed. Yet, too often, teachers are told what they need to learn, rather than asked what would benefit them the most.

"We hope to once again have one of the highest attended venues in the state. This event is unlike any other in terms of teacher celebration and networking! Last year, teachers left inspired and excited to return to the incredibly important work of improving the educational achievement of all students in Kern County,” said Department Chair of Teacher Education, Dr. Kristina LaGue.

On Friday, July 29, all California teachers are invited to attend the second annual Better Together: California Teachers Summit, a unique day of learning led by teachers, for teachers. The summit will bring together teachers at nearly 40 locations across the state, including California State University, Bakersfield (CSUB) from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Icardo Center to share ideas, join a teacher network, and learn effective strategies for implementing the new California Standards in their classrooms. The program will feature keynote addresses by education leaders, TED-style EdTalks presented by local teachers, and Edcamp discussions on timely topics such as the California Standards in English/Language Arts and Math and the Next Generation Science Standards. Montrelle Henry and Jeremy Adams will be the keynote speakers at CSUB’s event.

Montrelle Henry is an instructional specialist in the Curriculum and Instruction department at the Bakersfield City School District. She specializes in Middle School English Language Arts and the implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Montrelle graduated from California State University Bakersfield in 2005 with a double major in History and Religious Studies. She began her teaching career as an English teacher at Emerson Middle School in 2008. She is passionate about the development of reading comprehension skills and transferring comprehension into writing. Her EdTalk will be entitled, “The Bad Day Desk- Building Engagement Through Empathy.”

Jeremy Adams teaches AP US Government and GP World History at Bakersfield High School. He is the author of two books on teaching -- Full Classrooms, Empty Selves (2012); and The Secrets of Timeless Teachers: Instruction that works in EVERY Generation (2016). His writing has been published in The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, and he has been a guest on C- Span. He also has won accolades for his teaching, including the 2014 California State Teacher of the Year Award (Daughters of the American Revolution); the 2012 Kern County Teacher of the Year Award; 2013 semi-finalist for the California Department of Education's California Teacher of the Year Award; and 2014 finalist for the Carlston Family Foundation National Teacher Award. “Dare to Embrace the Challenge” is the title of his EdTalk.

Teachers will leave the summit with access to new resources and concrete tools that already are working in classrooms across the state. The Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities (AICCU), the California State University (CSU), and New Teacher Center (NTC) are partnering to organize this gathering. Last year, teachers described the summit as a powerful day of learning that made them proud of what they do, and reminded them what an important difference they make in the lives of their students. Teachers left energized for the upcoming school year and prepared to take their teaching to the next level.

"For possibly the first time ever, teachers from a multitude of surrounding districts came together by the hundreds to collaborate and celebrate teaching in Kern County. For one day we were all united and had a voice to share our ideas, questions, and stories," said Teacher Education lecturer, Anaya Simmons.

Help us spread the word about this unique opportunity! The summit is free to all California PreK-12 teachers, teacher candidates, school administrators, and other educators. To register or learn more about the summit, please visit: Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for updates, and join the conversation using the hashtag, #CATeachersSummit.

For Media Requests

Contact CSUB Public Affairs
(661) 654-2136

For General Information

Contact the CSUB Operator
(661) 654-CSUB