Jul 20, 2016
Northern California teachers will gather at Humboldt State University on July 29 for the second annual Better Together: California Teachers Summit, a free statewide day of learning and networking that is open to all California PreK-12 teachers, teacher candidates, school administrators and other educators.
One of 38 locations across the state, Humboldt State University invites Northern California teachers to share ideas, join a teacher network, and learn effective strategies for implementing the new California Standards in their classrooms. Running from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., the summit convenes in Humboldt State’s Goodwin Forum (download a campus map.)
The summit will feature keynote addresses by education leaders, TED-style talks by local teachers, and discussions on timely topics such as the California Standards in English/language arts and math, and the Next Generation Science Standards. Teachers will walk away with access to new resources and concrete tools that are already working in classrooms across the state.
Kristin Sobilo presents “Uncovering Learning One Mask at a Time,” in the event’s first EdTalk. Sobilo was the Eureka City School Teacher of the Year in 2013 and has extensive experience supporting teachers. Agustín Amaro delivers the afternoon EdTalk. Amaro works with the Humboldt County Office of Education as a Learning Specialist for English Learners and brings a visual arts background and extensive experience integrating the arts into the classroom.
A unique partnership between the Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities (AICCU), the California State University (CSU) and the New Teacher Center formed 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. “We’re thrilled Summit attendees will join a growing network of teachers teaching teachers.”
During EdCamp sessions teachers will pick topics–ranging from technology in the classroom to improving literacy in early education, to boosting science, technology, engineering, and math education – and exchange ideas with colleagues throughout their region.
“Led by teachers for teachers, the summit recognizes the expertise of thousands of outstanding classroom teachers. It enhances the prestige of the profession and contributes to retaining excellent teachers, helping to address teacher shortages,” said Loren Blanchard, Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs for CSU.
The TED-style EdTalks will feature local teachers sharing strategies and classroom victories in implementing the California Standards.
“In light of California’s teacher shortage, we must do more to celebrate and support teachers,” said Kristen Soares, President of AICCU. “Teaching is a uniquely challenging yet rewarding profession that requires teachers to be lifelong learners. AICCU’s innovative and leading Teacher Education Programs are proud to continue to serve our teachers. The summit is a unique opportunity for teachers, teaching, and teacher education to come together to collaborate and re-energize ahead of the new school year.”
In addition to Humboldt State University, summit locations in Northern California include:
More information, a list of event locations, and online registration is available at CATeachersSummit.com. Follow #CATeachersSummit for up-to-date information.
The Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities represents 75 private nonprofit colleges and universities in California who collectively enroll 320,000 students, and is the largest preparer of California’s advanced workforce. The core mission of AICCU institutions is to improve lives through higher education. AICCU institutions are committed to the public good and are diverse – ranging from large to small traditional liberal arts institutions, including nationally ranked research universities; colleges offering faith-based, performing and visual arts, and “non-traditional” programs of study; as well as professional schools that specialize in business, law, medicine, and more. In addition to providing creative and intellectual higher education resources to assure California’s future societal and economic vitality, AICCU institutions are major contributors to the economies of the regions they serve.
The California State University is the largest comprehensive university in the country, serving 474,600 students at 23 campuses. For more than 100 years, the university has been the vortex of teacher training. The CSU is known as the “people’s university,” serving the most academically, ethnically and economically diverse students in the nation. The university is known for providing quality degree programs and preparing job-ready graduates for success. With 1 in 10 employees in California and 1 in 20 Americans who hold a university degree in the United States as a CSU alumnus, the university has the largest alumni base of any public university in the country with 3 million living alumni.
New Teacher Center is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to improving student learning by guiding a new generation of educators. Founded by teachers in 1998, NTC works in conjunction with school districts, state policymakers, and educators across the country to increase the effectiveness of teachers and school leaders at all levels. These programs are built upon research-based principles for teacher onboarding, mentoring, and ongoing coaching, and proven to accelerate teacher effectiveness, reduce teacher churn, and improve student achievement. NTC has made it its mission to overcome challenges students and teachers face by providing all educators with the support and resources necessary to succeed from their first day to their last. NTC now supports over 8,500 mentors or coaches and 31,600 teachers, and is improving the learning of over 2.2 million students across the country.