Calexico — San Diego teachers will gather at San Diego State University, Imperial Valley 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, San Diego State invites San Diego area 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 will take place at 760 Heber Ave. in Calexico.
“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,” said [Site Spokesperson]. “We’re thrilled to invite San Diego area teachers to our campus to join this growing network of teachers.”
The Summit 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. Teachers will walk away with access to new resources and concrete tools that are already working in classrooms across the state. In addition to San Diego State University, Imperial Valley, Summit locations in the San Diego area include:
*CSU San Marcos
*Point Loma Nazarene University
* National University (at Town and Country Convention Center)
“I felt more confident stepping into the classroom and starting fresh new ideas for the school year,” said [teacher spokesperson who attended last year’s Summit.] “Teachers leading teachers is a powerful movement in our profession! I’m excited for year two!”
A unique partnership between the Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities (AICCU), the California State University (CSU), and 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. “New Teacher Center supports new and veteran teachers. 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, or boosting science, technology, engineering, and math education – and exchange ideas with colleagues throughout their region.
“CSU is pleased to be an organizing partner of Better Together. 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 Dr. Loren Blanchard, Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs.
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.”
More information, a list of event locations, and online registration is available at CATeachersSummit.com. Follow #CATeachersSummit for up-to-date information.