Statewide education conference to bring together 20,000 teachers

San Francisco State University is one of 33 institutions that will host the Better Together: California Teachers Summit on July 31, during which more than 20,000 teachers throughout the state will gather to share teaching strategies. The event will offer pre-kindergarten through 12th grade educators an opportunity to discuss best practices and build peer networks.

The logo of the Better Together: California Teachers Summit 2015"It's essential that educators have opportunities to share knowledge and build networks with colleagues in order to strengthen the community of educators," said Judith Munter, dean of SF State's Graduate College of Education. "SF State is thrilled to host this summit, and we are looking forward to a day of learning, collaboration and growth."

All California teachers, teacher candidates and school administrators are invited to participate in the free daylong event. One goal of the summit is to provide teachers with concrete tools for implementing California Standards, including Common Core, in their classrooms.

Approximately 500 educators and administrators are expected to attend the event at SF State.

The summit is organized by the New Teacher Center (NTC) in partnership with California State University (CSU), the Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities (AICCU) and its member institutions. The summit is supported by $3.5 million in grants to NTC, CSU Fullerton and Loyola Marymount University from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

"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 in a press release. "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."

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-- University Communications