National University to Co-Host Third Annual Better Together: California Teachers Summit

July 25, 2017

San Diego Teachers to Participate in Free Statewide Day of Learning and Networking to Share Strategies on Timely Topics Such as Anti-Bullying and Effective Strategies for Implementing the New California Standards

San Diego, Calif – The Sanford College of Education at National University, which recommends more teachers for credentials than any other university in California, will co-host the third annual Better Together: California Teachers Summit on July 28. The Summit is a free statewide day of learning and networking that is open to all California PreK-12 teachers, teacher candidates, school administrators and other educators. National University - which held one of the largest of the statewide events last year - invites San Diego area teachers to share ideas, join a teacher network, and learn effective strategies for implementing the new California Standards in their classrooms. Running from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Summit will take place at the Town and Country Convention Center, located at 500 Hotel Circle N. in San Diego.

The teacher-led event celebrates the teaching profession and comes at a critical time as California continues to face severe teacher shortages throughout the state. This year’s third annual Summit is on track to draw 10,000 participants statewide. The event will feature a keynote address by Dr. Jill Biden, which will be live-streamed from the headquarters at St. Mary’s College to all 35 locations including the one hosted by National University, which is among the largest private nonprofit universities in the state. Assemblyman Rocky Chavez, who represents areas of San Diego County and serves as Vice Chair of the California State Assembly Committee on Education, will join educators at the National University site and deliver a special message.

Building on momentum from the past two years, the Summit will include TED-style EdTalks presented by local teachers, Edcamp discussions on teacher-selected topics, and opportunities for networking and sharing ideas and resources with fellow teachers. This year the Summit will focus on timely topics that relate to social emotional learning, such as addressing bullying in the classroom and celebrating diversity, as well as  teaching students to be critical thinkers. Teachers will walk away with access to new resources and concrete tools that are already working in classrooms across the state.

“As the teacher workforce is under heavy demands, it is important to provide educators ongoing professional development that supports and inspires them in their classrooms,” said Dr. Judy Mantle, Dean of the Sanford College of Education at National University. “We are pleased to participate in this Summit bringing teachers together to collaborate, prepare and re-energize for the new school year.”

The Sanford College of Education at National University, which was named after philanthropist and entrepreneur T. Denny Sanford, is among the top ten largest schools of education in the country and will be hosting the largest gathering of the four San Diego-Imperial County Summit locations. The other locations include CSU San Marcos, Point Loma Nazarene University and San Diego State University, Imperial Valley.

In line with the Summit’s attention on themes related to social emotional learning, attendees of National University’s event at the Town and Country Convention Center are also invited to learn more about the PreK-12 Sanford Education Programs – Sanford Harmony and Sanford Inspire - that support and encourage the professional development of teachers and enhance the classroom environment through inspiring teaching and social-emotional development tools and strategies. Various research has found that social emotional learning can support academic achievement and improved outcomes in life.

A unique partnership between the Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities (AICCU), the California State University (CSU), and New Teacher Center formed to host this free statewide day of learning. Through their strong and distinct networks, the organizers will reach educators at every stage in their development: new and veteran teachers, current teaching students, and alumni. More information, a list of event locations, and online registration is available at CATeachersSummit.com. Follow @CATeacherSummit on Facebook and Twitter for up-to-date information, and join the conversation using the hashtag #BetterTogetherCA.

About National University
Founded in 1971, National University is one of the largest private, nonprofit universities in California. With more than 150,000 alumni, National University is the flagship institution of the National University System. National University is dedicated to making lifelong learning opportunities accessible, challenging and relevant to a diverse population of students. Four schools and two colleges – the College of Letters and Sciences; the Sanford College of Education; the School of Business and Management; the School of Engineering and Computing; the School of Health and Human Services; and the School of Professional Studies – offer more than 100 graduate and undergraduate degrees and 13 teacher credentials and licensures. Programs are offered at locations throughout California and across the nation, and are also available online. National University is headquartered in La Jolla, California. www.nu.edu/

About AICCU
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.

About CSU
The California State University is the largest system of senior higher education in the country, with 23 campuses, 50,800 faculty and staff and 479,000 students. Half of the CSU's students transfer from California Community Colleges. Created in 1960, the mission of the CSU is to provide high-quality, affordable education to meet the ever-changing needs of California. With its commitment to quality, opportunity, and student success, the CSU is renowned for superb teaching, innovative research and for producing job-ready graduates. Each year, the CSU awards more than 110,000 degrees. One in every 20 Americans holding a college degree is a graduate of the CSU and our alumni are 3.3 million strong. Connect with and learn more about the CSU in the CSU NewsCenter.

About NTC
New Teacher Center is a national non-profit organization dedicated to improving student learning by guiding a new generation of educators. Founded by teachers in 1998, NTC works in conjunction with school districts, state policy makers, and educators across the country to increase the effectiveness of teachers and school leaders at all levels. These programs are built upon research-based principles for teacher onboarding, mentoring, and ongoing coaching, and proven to accelerate teacher effectiveness, reduce teacher churn, and improve student achievement. NTC has made it their mission to overcome challenges students and teachers face by providing all educators with the support and resources necessary to succeed from their first day to their last. NTC now supports over 8,500 mentors or coaches and 31,600 teachers, and is improving the learning of over 2.2 million students across the country.