The slogan is "Better Together," and that is precisely the vision for educators and other stakeholders as they come from all corners of the state to convene for the California Teachers Summit 2015. Concurrently taking place today at 33 locations throughout California, the summit will allow attendees to choose from a variety of college and university campuses.
This massive event is sponsored by New Teacher Center, the Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities (AICCU), and California State University (CSU), and has received grant support from Loyola Marymount University and CSU Fullerton via the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation as well as other sponsors.
For teachers and others who wish to connect and discuss the Common Core Standards and other topics, or simply share teaching resources and strategies, this year's California Teachers Summit presents a prime opportunity. Teachers will, for a day, become learners with scheduled activities including keynote addresses by nationally renowned speakers, fellow educators, and other thought leaders throughout the field of education. Time will also be allocated for networking and small-group conversations in which educators can share ideas.
A major advantage of having multiple locations rather than a single, central location is that this will allow attendees to network with colleagues within their own region. Not only that, but a .5 unit continuing education credit for attending and participating in the event will be available to teachers for only $27.50.
Since there are no plans to live-stream or record the summit, teachers will need to attend the event in person in order to get the full benefit of this unique opportunity. However, transcripts of the event can be ordered by visiting http://www.simpsonu.edu and clicking on "Transcript Request" under the "Resources" heading.
There is little doubt that Common Core will be a primary focus of the summit, so the timing for this event couldn't have been better. As California educators are aware, the state has been testing their new Common Core assessment, the CAASPP, and the California Teachers Summit 2015 will present an ideal opportunity to inquire about the relevant data pertaining to this or any other aspect of the CAASPP.
Since the state assessment has been in a testing period no data has been released for a few years now, which means that educators and students have been left largely in the dark about student preparedness for the new standards. Teachers are eager to learn how far along their students are, and data is sure to be a topic discussed at these events today.
The size and scope of the summit can be gleaned from the fact that over 400 teachers are expected to attend the event at the Fresno State location. At this location, teachers Joe Marquez, Darrell Blanks, and Adam Ebrahim will speak on the topic of California's new education standards and their impact on classroom teaching and learning. Fresno State President Joseph Castro frames the event as "a bold opportunity for teachers to come together to collaborate and create a better future for California students."
Sharing best practices, meeting and collaborating with like-minded educators, and building a strong educational community throughout California are just some of the things that participants in the California Teachers Summit 2015 can look forward to. For more information on the event, contact Emily Davis at [email protected] or (415) 742-8336.