Contact: Tanya Flushman
805-756- 5537; tflushma@calpoly.edu

Cal Poly Invites Local Teachers to Participate in Statewide Summit

Free day of learning and networking celebrates the profession and equips teachers with tools to better implement new California standards

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly will host the local gathering of the second annual Better Together: California Teachers Summit, a free statewide day of learning on July 29 that is open to all California preK-12 teachers, teacher candidates, school administrators, and other educators.

Teachers will come together at nearly 40 locations across the state to share ideas, build networks, and learn the latest strategies for implementing the new California standards in their classrooms. Building on momentum from last year’s event, which drew 15,000 teachers, the summit will feature nationally renowned speakers, TED-style EdTalks highlighting local teachers, and discussions led by teachers, for teachers.

A unique partnership of organizations — The Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities (AICCU), the California State University, and New Teacher Center — has joined together again to host this 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.

“When teachers come together and learn from each other, everyone benefits,” said Cal Poly education Professor Tanya Flushman, who is organizing the local group. “This event draws on the strength of teachers as both experts and learners.”

The summit will feature best practices for implementing current state priorities, such as the California Standards in English/Language Arts and Math and the Next Generation Science Standards. The EdTalks will feature local teachers sharing strategies and classroom victories in implementing the California standards.

“No one has more experience with what works in the classroom than teachers. They are the experts on the California standards,” Flushman said. “The networks teachers will build through this summit will have a tremendous impact on students statewide.”

During “Edcamp” sessions, teachers will pick their own topics to discuss with colleagues. Possible topics include technology in the classroom, improving literacy in early education, and boosting science, technology, engineering and math education.

“In light of the looming teacher shortage, we must do more to celebrate and support teachers,” said Kristen Soares, president of AICCU. “The summit is a unique opportunity for teachers to collaborate and re-energize ahead of the new school year.”

Registration for the event is now open. For more information or to register online, please visit www.cateacherssummit.com, and follow #CATeachersSummit for up-to-date information.

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