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CSUSM to Host California Teachers Summit, July 31

Media Advisory by Margaret Chantung

On July 31, California State University San Marcos will be one of over thirty locations across the state where teachers will come together to share innovative strategies that empower PreK-12 teachers and build powerful teacher communities to positively impact our students.

New Teacher Center (NTC), in partnership with the California State University (CSU), the Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities (AICCU) and its member institutions, will co-host Better Together: California Teachers Summit, which is designed to help teachers learn from each other, share best practices in implementing the new California Standards and celebrate their work. The events are supported by $3.5 million in grants to NTC, CSU Fullerton and Loyola Marymount University from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

“California teachers know that the time to impact the lives of students is always going to be now,” said Ellen Moir, Founder and CEO of New Teacher Center. “This event will allow 20,000 teachers to celebrate in-classroom successes while building a powerful and lasting support network.”

As teachers prepare for the upcoming school year, Better Together: California Teachers Summit provides a unique opportunity to hear from nationally renowned speakers and give teachers a forum to share cutting-edge strategies and proven best practices led by teachers and for teachers. Teachers will come away with concrete tools and strategies for navigating recent changes in implementing the new California Standards, and a network of colleagues from their home region to support future collaboration.

“California’s teachers work tirelessly every day to make sure our students thrive,” said Kristen Soares, President of AICCU. “This gathering celebrates their achievements and brings them back to their AICCU campus community to equip them with research based practices to ensure their continued success in a changing environment.”

“With roots extending back a century to its teacher college origins, the CSU is honored to host this special day of professional collaboration,” said CSU Chancellor Timothy P. White. “Through peer learning and exchange, California teachers continue to be at the forefront of classroom innovation – further igniting the spark of learning in their students.”

All California teachers, teacher candidates and school administrators are invited to participate in this summit. Events will be held at 33 locations throughout California and registration is free. For more information or to register online, please visit, and follow #CATeachersSummit for up-to-date information.

WHO: All PreK-12 teachers and teacher candidates in the region are invited to participate in this unprecedented event at CSUSM, free of charge. More than 20,000 California teachers are expected to participate in this summit across the state, including approximately 200 at Cal State San Marcos.

WHAT: New Teacher Center, the Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities (AICCU) and California State University (CSU) are hosting this summit featuring:

  • Nationally renowned keynote speakers

  • Sessions by teachers sharing practical and cutting-edge strategies that are working in classrooms across the state

  • Opportunities to collaborate and connect with fellow teachers and build a powerful, lasting network of peers

  • Concrete tools and resources to help teachers implement the California Standards

  • A .5 unit continuing education credit will be available to teachers at a minimal cost

WHEN: Friday, July 31, 2015, from 8 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.

WHERE: 33 locations across the state including at CSUSM, Arts Building, Room 240 — 333 S. Twin Oaks Valley Rd., San Marcos. CSUSM is one of only two locations in San Diego County.

INFO: By coming together to share ideas and build networks, teachers will have the power to help each other succeed and to make an even bigger difference in their students’ lives. For more details or to register, click here.

For information specific to the CSUSM event, contact Leslie Mauerman at