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Teachers Summit Set For July 28

Published: July 10, 2017

CSULB’s College of Education (CED) will be hosting approximately 500 PreK-12 educators as part of the statewide “Better Together: California Teachers Summit 2017.” The event, which will be held at 34 sites across the state, including CSULB, will take place on Friday, July 28, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The majority of activities at CSULB will be held in the University Student Union and the nearby psychology building. Also, from 3:30-5 p.m., there will be an alumni and friends reception hosted by the CED Dean’s Development Committee.

The keynote speaker for the event will be Dr. Jill Biden, who served as the Second Lady of the United States from 2009-17.

An American educator and academic who received a Doctor of Education in educational leadership from the University of Delaware, Biden will be speaking from the St. Mary’s of California campus, with her talk being broadcast to the other participating sites during the statewide event.

In addition to hearing from Biden and other nationally renowned speakers, the summit will give teachers a forum to share cutting-edge strategies and proven best practices led by teachers and for teachers. Other events will include TED-style EdTalks presented by local teachers and Edcamp discussions led by teachers.

Attendees at the event will come away with concrete tools and strategies for navigating recent changes in implementing the new California Standards, and a network of colleagues from their home region to support future collaboration. In addition, teachers will have the opportunity to discuss or exchange ideas about issues in education important and relevant to their teaching.

One of the attendees, who participated in previous summits, is Grace Herrera, a CSULB graduate who got her special education credential in 2014 and masters in special education in 2016. She has been impressed by the summit, noting how well organized it is and the ability to have online access to information from the event.

“The California Teachers Summit has helped me learn from other teachers,” said Herrera, who currently teaches at Inspire Charter School. “It is a great way to learn what other teachers are using in their classroom. Since it occurs right before the school year starts, it is a great way to energize for the school year. Because of the Cal Teacher Summit I have looked at various computer-based programs to use in my classroom.”

The statewide summit, expected to draw more than 15,000 participants, is co-hosted by The New Teacher Center, in partnership with the California State University, the Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities and its member institutions.

–Shayne Schroeder