CSU, Chico to Host Hundreds of Teachers Friday for Statewide Summit

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: 07-25-2017

CONTACT: Sean Murphy, Public Affairs
TEL: 530-898-6492
Deborah Summers, Associate Dean
College of Communication and Education
TEL: 530-898-4570

Teachers and educators from around Northern California will convene at California State University, Chico for a free day of learning Friday, July 28, as the University co-hosts the third annual Better Together: California Teachers Summit. The Summit runs from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Bell Memorial Union Auditorium. 

CSU, Chico is one of three Northern California campuses to co-host the conference, in addition to Humboldt State and Simpson University in Redding. Overall, 35 campuses across the state will help host the Summit (including 20 CSU campuses), which is open to all California PreK-12 teachers, teacher candidates, school administrators, and other educators.

The theme for this year’s Summit is “Now More Than Ever,” underscoring the importance of inviting teachers together to listen and learn from one another.

“Now more than ever, teachers deserve an opportunity to come together and share ways to support our students, protect our values as educators and set an example for the nation,” said Deborah Summers, associate dean of CSU, Chico’s College of Communication and Education.

Lifelong educator and former Second Lady Jill Biden will provide the conference’s keynote speech from St. Mary’s College of California, and her address will be livestreamed to the other Summit sites. Dr. Biden, wife of former Vice President Joe Biden, brings 30 years of experience as an educator, having taught at community colleges, a public high school, and a psychiatric hospital for adolescents. She will share her ideas on how teachers can change the lives of students for the better.

“Dr. Biden is first and foremost an educator, and throughout her career she has put her students first,” said Summers. “Her experience and insights are especially valuable as California strives to better serve all of our students in a changing world.”

Other items on the day’s agenda include a pair of EDTalks, modeled after the popular TED Talks, in which local teachers share strategies and lessons they’ve learned in their classrooms. The morning EDTalk, given by Marigold Elementary School teachers Shannon Krelle and Kristen Schroeder, is titled “Video Game Classroom: A Place That’s Safe, Fair and Fun.” This is followed by an introduction to Edcamp, an organic, participant-driven professional development discussion where conference-goers are encouraged to exchange ideas with colleagues for connected and participatory learning.

Edcamp breakout sessions follow, and an afternoon EDTalk session, titled “The Power of Our Stories” by speaker Ger Thao, a teacher at Wilson Elementary School in Gridley, rounds out the day’s events.

The Teachers Summit was born from a partnership between the Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities (AICCU), the CSU system, and New Teacher Center.

Summers reported that 345 educators will attend Friday’s Summit at CSU, Chico. Approximately 330 teachers attended last year’s conference at CSU, Chico, and over 10,000 participated statewide.

Go to CATeachersSummit.com for event locations, agendas, online registration, and additional information.

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About California State University, Chico

California State University, Chico is the second-oldest campus in the 23-member CSU system, the nation’s largest public university system. Founded in 1887, Chico State enrolls approximately 17,500 students and offers more than 230 graduate and undergraduate programs through its seven colleges and five schools. The campus is consistently ranked as one of the best regional public universities in the Western United States and is the only CSU campus to have earned a favorable rating in all five categories of the U.S. Department of Education’s College Scorecard, which rates universities on affordability and value. Its mission includes a broad commitment to environmental sustainability, public service and community engagement throughout the 12-county North State region, where the campus is located. The university was named a federal Hispanic-Serving Institution in 2016.