Thousands of Educators to Gather at California Private, Non-Profit College Campuses for Statewide Summit
10,000 Expected at “Better Together: California Teachers Summit Across 35 Sites
& Featured Keynote by Former Second Lady, Dr. Jill Biden
Sacramento, CA – July 28, 2017. Today, the Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities (AICCU) co-hosted nearly 10,000 educators for the third annual Better Together: California Teachers Summit, a state-wide free day of learning and collaboration designed to empower Pre-K-12 teachers and provide them with innovative solutions and techniques to better educate our students.
AICCU institutions help produce a great amount of the state’s teachers, credentialing almost half of the new teachers in California. The Schools of Education at private, nonprofit higher education institutions understand the role they play in producing top educators and this summit helps supplement these efforts by providing teachers not only the tools for innovation, but also a network of their peers to tap into for future development and success.
“We’re proud and honored to join our partners in support of this year’s third annual California Teachers Summit” said Kristen Soares, President of AICCU. “As educators strive to become even better in the classroom, this summit is an opportunity for us to help provide them with new resources and tools to do so.”
The theme for this year’s summit is Now More Than Ever, and will mark the third year AICCU will partner with the California State University (CSU) and the New Teacher Center (NTC) as organizers of the event. Additionally, 12 of the 35 sites will be hosted by AICCU member institutions, including this year’s summit headquarters site at Saint Mary’s College of California.
Dr. Jill Biden, former Second Lady of the United States and lifelong educator will be delivering this year’s keynote address, set to be livestreamed and simulcast from event headquarters to all other participating sites. “Every day in the Administration, I leaned on my experiences as a teacher,” said Dr. Biden. “Being an educator is about bridging divides, coming up with creative solutions, and finding a way forward, even when it’s tough. When I think about the challenges we face as a nation and as a global community, teachers are the people who give me the most hope.”
Other activities such as TED-style EdTalks and EdCamp breakout sessions will also be taking place throughout the day.
The event is free to all California pre-K-12 teachers, teacher candidates, school administrators and other educators. For more information please visit www.cateacherssummit.com.
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 diverse – ranging 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 California’s future societal and economic vitality, AICCU institutions are major contributors to the economies of the regions they serve.