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Humboldt State University to Host Fourth Annual Teachers Summit

North Coast teachers are heading to Humboldt State University for the fourth annual Better Together: California Teachers Summit on Friday, July 27. The summit is a day to give teachers a voice and choice in their learning and an opportunity to collaborate, re-energize ahead of the new school year, and be a part of a growing teacher network.

The event is free and will be held 8:45 a.m. – 3 p.m. in Goodwin Forum, Nelson Hall East Rm. 102 (campus map).

Hosted by the Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities, the California State University (CSU) and New Teacher Center, the event is open to all state PreK-12 teachers, teacher candidates, school administrators and other educators, such as instructional assistants, school psychologists, and school librarians.

The keynote address, live-streamed from CSU Fullerton to all 31 sites, will be delivered by Sir Ken Robinson. An internationally acclaimed expert on creativity and innovation, he holds the title of “most popular TED Talk of all time. Robinson was acclaimed by Fast Company magazine as one of “the world’s elite thinkers on creativity and innovation” and in 2003, he received a knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II for his services to the arts.

At HSU, local teachers will present TED-style EdTalks around this year’s theme, “It’s Personal: Meeting the Needs of Every Student.” Wendy Turk, Humboldt-Del Norte SELPA Orthopedic Education Specialist, will discuss encouraging writing; and Michael Davies-Hughes, Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services at Eureka City Schools, will address childhood literacy.

Afternoon workshop sessions include:

Symbolic Portraits: An Arts Integration Experience, Bill Funkhouser
Making History Personal: Engaging Students in Critical Thinking, Anne Hartline, Mary Lyons and Tomire Lyons
STEAMing into the Humboldt Math Festival, Ken Pinkerton and Tami Matsumoto

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The Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities (AICCU) is the organizational voice for California’s private, nonprofit colleges and universities that 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 incredibly diverse – ranging from large to small traditional liberal arts institutions, including nationally ranked research universities; colleges offering faith-based, performing and visual arts and nontraditional 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.

About the California State University
The California State University is the largest system of senior higher education in the country, with 23 campuses, 50,800 faculty and staff and 484,000 students. Half of the CSU’s students transfer from California Community Colleges. Created in 1960, the mission of the CSU is to provide high-quality, affordable education to meet the ever-changing needs of California. With its commitment to quality, opportunity, and student success, the CSU is renowned for superb teaching, innovative research and for producing job-ready graduates. Each year, the CSU awards more than 110,000 degrees. One in every 20 Americans holding a college degree is a graduate of the CSU and our alumni are 3.4 million strong. Connect with and learn more about the CSU in the CSU NewsCenter.

About NTC
New Teacher Center (NTC) is a national nonprofit focused on improving student learning by accelerating the effectiveness of teachers and school leaders. NTC partners with states, school districts and policymakers to design and implement programs that create sustainable, high-quality mentoring and professional development; build leadership capacity; work to enhance teaching conditions; improve retention; and transform schools into vibrant learning communities where all students succeed.