CSU, Chico to Cohost Second Annual Better Together: California Teachers Summit

Date: 07-06-2016

Joe Wills 
CSU, Chico Public Affairs 


Northern California teachers will gather at California State University, Chico 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, CSU, Chico invites Northern California 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 primarily in the Bell Memorial Union on campus

“Last year, teachers described the Teachers 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 Deborah Summers, director of CSU, Chico’s School of Education. “We’re thrilled to invite Northern California teachers to CSU, Chico to join this growing network of teachers.”  

The event 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 CSU, Chico, Summit locations in Northern California include: 

  • Humboldt State University 

  • Simpson University (at Sequoia Middle School 

"Participating in the Teachers Summit last year was re-invigorating and refreshing, said teacher Rina Gonzalez of Hamilton High School. “The ideas shared by other teachers were practical and proven to work. It was empowering to see teachers in the role as teacher leaders. I am excited for the 2016 Summit." 

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 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.  


About AICCU 
The Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities represents 75 private nonprofit colleges and universities in California who 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 diverseranging from large to small traditional liberal arts institutions, including nationally ranked research universities; colleges offering faith-based, performing and visual arts, and non-traditional 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 Californias future societal and economic vitality, AICCU institutions are major contributors to the economies of the regions they serve. 

About CSU
The California State University is the largest comprehensive university in the country, serving 474,600 students at 23 campuses. For more than 100 years, the university has been the vortex of teacher training. The CSU is known as the “people’s university,” serving the most academically, ethnically and economically diverse students in the nation. The university is known for providing quality degree programs and preparing job-ready graduates for success. With 1 in 10 employees in California, and 1 in 20 Americans who hold a university degree in the United States as a CSU alumnus, the university has the largest alumni base of any public university in the country with 3 million living alumni. 

About NTC  
New Teacher Center is a national non-profit organization dedicated to improving student learning by guiding a new generation of educators. Founded by teachers in 1998, NTC works in conjunction with school districts, state policy makers and educators across the country to increase the effectiveness of teachers and school leaders at all levels. These programs are built upon research-based principles for teacher onboarding, mentoring and ongoing coaching, and proven to accelerate teacher effectiveness, reduce teacher churn and improve student achievement. NTC has made it their mission to overcome challenges students and teachers face by providing all educators with the support and resources necessary to succeed from their first day to their last. NTC now supports over 8,500 mentors or coaches and 31,600 teachers, and is improving the learning of over 2.2 million students across the country.