Cal State LA to co-host second annual Better Together: California Teachers Summit

L.A. teachers to participate in free statewide day of learning and networking, celebrating the teaching profession and equipping teachers with tools to better implement the new California Standards


Los Angeles, CA — Los Angeles teachers will gather at Cal State LA 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, Cal State LA invites L.A. 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 Cal State LA.


“California is gaining national attention for the ability to bring educators together to further an effective implementation of the California Standards in mathematics and English language arts/literacy to meet the needs of all learners,” said Cheryl Ney, dean of the Charter College of Education at Cal State LA. “Following the success of last year’s first convening of more than 250 teachers, the Charter College of Education at Cal State LA will again proudly take on the role as one of the sites for this exciting statewide event.” 


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.


“Through EdTalks and use of the Edcamp model, teachers from multiple districts in the area and at all stages in their careers will experience a very inspiring and resource-filled day to focus on their professional growth and strengthen their network of support as they strive to better serve the children and youth of our communities,” Ney said.


In addition to Cal State LA, Summit locations in the greater L.A. area include:


·         Antioch University                  

·         Azusa Pacific University

·         Biola University

·         Brandman University, Irvine

·         Cal Poly San Luis Obispo 

·         Cal Poly Pomona

·         CSU Channel Islands

·         CSU Dominguez Hills

·         CSU Fullerton

·         CSU Fullerton, Irvine Campus

·         CSU Long Beach

·         CSU Northridge

·         CSU San Bernardino

·         CSU San Bernardino, Palm Desert

·         Loyola Marymount University

·         Pepperdine University

·         University of Redlands (at Lee Pollard High School)


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 Follow #CATeachersSummit for up-to-date information.

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