Kalmanovitz School of Education to Participate in Innovative Statewide Teachers Summit

Better Together Teachers SummitThe Kalmanovitz School of Education (KSOE) at Saint Mary’s College of California has been selected as a co-host for the Better Together: California Teachers Summit on Friday, July 31, 2015. The summit runs from 8 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. and will be located in the Soda Center at Saint Mary's College, 1928 Saint Mary’s Road, Moraga, Calif., 94575.  This one-of-a kind, one-day multisite statewide education summit will link 15,000 PreK-12 teachers together at 33 locations across California.

The summit is designed to empower educators through the sharing of innovative strategies and build powerful teaching communities that positively impact students across the Golden State.  Saint Mary’s is the only independent college or university in the Bay Area hosting the innovative conference.

The unique and free conference features keynote addresses from nationally known education advocates actress Yvette Nicole Brown and astronaut Leland Melvin. Perhaps best known for her role on NBC’s Community, Brown is a champion of teachers and recently partnered with Comedy Central's Stephen Colbert on an initiative to fund education projects in South Carolina. Melvin, a football player turned NASA astronaut, exemplifies that the sky is the limit for students with a quality STEM education. He’s served as the co-chair of the White House task force charged with developing the nation’s 5-year STEM education plan, as well as the International Space Education Board, a global collaboration on learning about space.

KSOE Dean Christopher Sindt said Saint Mary’s is honored to participate in the conference. “Our involvement in this statewide summit underscores the Kalmanovitz School of Education's reputation for innovative programs in teacher preparation, counseling, educational leadership, and professional development for educators at all levels.” Sindt also said the forum echoes the school’s commitment to community engagement and aligns with its mission to “empower our students and communities by fostering academic excellence in support of social justice and the common good.”

The Summit is a result of an inventive public and private educational partnership between The New Teacher Center (NTC), California State University (CSU), the Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities (AICCU) and its member institutions, including Saint Mary’s. The Summit’s events are supported by $3.5 million in grants from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to NTC, CSU Fullerton and fellow AICCU member Loyola Marymount University.

As teachers prepare for the upcoming school year, the 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. The summit also offers teachers attending the summit the opportunity to earn a .5 continuing education unit credit for a minimal cost.

“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.”

In addition to televised insights from nationally renowned keynote speakers and beneficial workshops, the summit at Saint Mary’s will include three 10-15 minute “Ed Talks.” These TED Talk-styled presentations will feature best practices discussions by three leaders in PreK-12 education, who are also KSOE alumni. They include Adam Clark, assistant superintendent for the Liberty Union High School District, Kevin Harrigan, education consultant and former superintendent of the Oak Grove Union School District and Kathleen Moore, curriculum coordinator for the San Ramon Unified School District.

All California teachers, teacher candidates and school administrators are invited to participate in this free summit. Events will be held at 33 locations throughout California and registration is free. To attend the summit at Saint Mary's, register online at stmarys-ca.edu/better-together-california-teacher-summit. For more information visit cateacherssummit.com, and follow #CATeachersSummit on Twitter for up-to-date information.

About KSOE
The Kalmanovitz School of Education is a student-centered learning-community that inspires innovation in education and counseling. Our distinctive identity as a School of Education situated in a Catholic College with a strong liberal arts tradition informs our understanding of purpose. KSOE offers a doctoral degree in educational leadership, master’s degrees in teaching and educational leadership and education and counseling. Conveniently located near many of the Bay Area’s largest public school districts, students enrolled in KSOE programs experience opportunities to apply their knowledge and new understandings in real classrooms in both private and public education settings.

About New Teacher Center
New Teacher Center seeks to reduce the achievement gap in our nation’s schools by accelerating the effectiveness of new teachers through comprehensive mentoring and professional development programs. NTC partners with school districts, policymakers and leaders in education to implement programs that build leadership capacity, enhance working conditions, improve teacher retention and transform schools into vibrant learning communities. Founded in 1998, NTC headquarters are in Santa Cruz, California.

About CSU
The CSU is largest comprehensive university in the world, serving 460,000 students at 23 campuses.  For more than 100 years, the university has been the vortex of teacher training, conferring the largest number of education degrees and multi-subject credentials to California’s teachers.   The CSU is known as the “people’s university,” serving the most academically, ethnically and economically diverse students in the nation.  The university is known for providing quality degree programs and preparing job-ready graduates for success.  With 1 in 10 employees in California, and 1 in 20 Americans who hold a university degree in the United States as CSU alumnus, the university has the largest alumni base of any public university in the country with 3 million living alumni.

The Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities (AICCU) represents 75 private nonprofit colleges and universities in California who collectively enroll 320,000 students. 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. Accreditation by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) is required for membership, as is fulfilling a public purpose through nonprofit status. In addition to providing creative and intellectual higher education resources to assure California's future economic vitality, AICCU institutions are major contributors to the economies of the regions they serve—as large employers and consumers of local goods and services.


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About SMC
The Saint Mary's College of California experience inspires learning that lasts a lifetime. For more than 150 years, the College has provided students with a rigorous education that engages their intellect and spirit, and awakens a desire to transform society. Guided by the Christian Brothers, the Catholic Church's oldest order dedicated exclusively to teaching, the College enrolls more than 4,200 students in undergraduate and graduate liberal arts and business programs. For more information visit Saint Mary's College at stmarys-ca.edu and just 23 miles east of San Francisco.