Cal Poly to Host Free Teachers Summit on July 28

Third annual summit will bring together educators from across the state for day of learning led by and for teachers

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly invites local teachers to join colleagues across the state at the third annual Better Together: California Teachers Summit on July 28. The free day of learning is open to all California educators; registration is still open.

More than 125 teachers attended the event at Cal Poly last year, and more than 150 already plan to attend this year. The summit, which includes similar events at dozens of locations across the state, is a unique opportunity for teachers to come together to collaborate, re-energize ahead of the new school year, and be part of a teacher network that will last beyond the summit.

Building on momentum from past years, the summit will feature a TED-style talk presented by a local teacher, Edcamp discussions on teacher-selected topics, and opportunities for networking and sharing ideas and resources with fellow teachers. Sessions will focus on timely topics ranging from integrating technology in the classroom, to special education, to supporting emergent bilingual students.

“This event draws on the strength of teachers being both experts and learners, ” said event organizer Tanya Flushman, a faculty member in Cal Poly’s School of Education.

Attendees will have an opportunity to hear a keynote address by Dr. Jill Biden, which will be simulcast across the state. Biden is a lifelong educator with more than 30 years of experience at community colleges, a public high school and a psychiatric hospital for adolescents. She is the wife of former Vice President Joe Biden and worked during her eight years as second lady to highlight the importance of community colleges to America’s future while continuing to teach English full-time at a Northern Virginia community college.

The theme of this year’s summit is Now More Than Ever, which reflects the importance of bringing teachers together to listen and learn from one another. By bringing California teachers together, the summit will empower educators to support their students and set an example for the nation.

“The networks teachers will build through this summit will have a tremendous impact on students statewide,” Flushman said.

The Cal Poly event is free to all California pre-K-12 teachers, teacher candidates, school administrators and other educators. The Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities, the California State University and New Teacher Center are organizing the summit.

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