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Third Annual California Better Together Teachers Summit to Inspire at CSUB

More than 700 educators are registered to participate in the third annual California Better Together Teachers Summit on from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Friday, July 28, at the Icardo Center on the California State University, Bakersfield campus.

The Summit is a day for teachers and by teachers and will allow attendees to share ideas, join a teacher network and learn effective strategies for implementing the new California Standards in their classrooms.

Dr. Jill Biden was recently announced as the telecast’s keynote speaker for all participating campuses. Dr. Biden, wife of former Vice President Joe Biden, has taught at community colleges, a public high school, and a psychiatric hospital for adolescents throughout her 30-year teaching career. During her time in Washington, she worked to highlight community colleges, while teaching as a full-time English professor at a community college in Northern Virginia. With the February 2017 launch of the Biden Foundation, Jill and her husband will continue their commitment to public education. Dr. Biden will speak at the Summit headquarters site of Saint Mary’s College of California.

“We are thrilled that Dr. Jill Biden is showing her support for the Better Together: CA Teachers Summit event by providing the feature keynote,” said Dr. Kristina LaGue, Department Chair of Teacher Education. “Her message is sure to empower and inspire teachers, which fits perfectly with the intent of the day. As a life-long educator, she will be able to share key insights on teaching that will be very relevant to all educators.”

The Summit brings together teachers at nearly 40 locations across the state, including the CSUB campus. The program will feature keynote addresses by education leaders, TED-style EdTalks presented by local teachers, and discussions on timely topics. Local teachers Alli Arnold and Edward Gonzalez will be the local keynote speakers addressing the CSUB campus.

This year’s theme is “Now More Than Ever,” which shares the importance of uniting teachers to listen and learn from one another. Sessions will address timely topics, including bullying in the classroom, celebrating diversity, and teaching students to be open-minded, critical thinkers.

The event 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:

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