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CSU, Chico News

Teachers Share Ideas to Improve Schools

Date: 07-24-2013

Joe Wills
Public Affairs

California State University, Chico is hosting a professional development conference today and tomorrow, July 24-25, for approximately 230 teachers across the state.

The 2013 Teachers’ Professional Development for Inland California Summer Conference will feature reports from teams of teachers who are working on ways to improve their schools and student learning.

Report topics will include bullying prevention techniques used at Hamilton Elementary School, cooking classes designed to teach math at Weed Elementary, creating a two-year kindergarten program in the Fresno area and using Web 2.0 applications to enhance learning in Chico Unified School District.

The Teachers’ Professional Development for Inland California project is made possible through grants from the California Postsecondary Education Commission and the California Department of Education.

CSU, Chico education professor Mike Kotar said the inland state area defined by the grant stretches from San Bernardino to the Oregon border and includes approximately 25 percent of the state’s teachers.

CSU, Chico was the only CSU campus to receive grant funding for teacher professional development and coordinate one of the state projects, Kotar said. CSU, Chico science education professor Julie Monet, East Nicolaus High School District Superintendent Karen Hackett-Villalobos and Kotar are co-directors of the project.

The teacher professional development funding began in 2010 and will fund teacher efforts at least through next year, Kotar said. He said the Inland California project has received $2 million in state funding to date.

Sessions will be held in Colusa Hall starting at 3 p.m. today. The keynote speaker tomorrow is Patricia Ann Rucker, legislative advocate for the California Teachers Association. Rucker was a teacher in the Del Paso Heights School District for 11 years and a lecturer in the CSU, Sacramento teacher education department for 14 years.