California Teachers Summit to Feature North State Teachers in ‘ED Talks’
For Immediate Release
REDDING, Calif. - Five North State teachers will be featured speakers at the local host site of the third annual Better Together: California Teachers Summit on Friday, July 28.
Simpson University is one of 35 hosts statewide for the free summit that gives educators an opportunity to network, share successful practices and access resources to implement the California Standards. Dr. Jill Biden, a lifelong educator and wife of former Vice President Joe Biden, will be the national keynote speaker. Her address at Saint Mary’s College of California will be live-streamed at 9 a.m. to all sites.
The North State event will be held at Simpson University in the James M. Grant Student Life Center from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. All preK-12 California teachers, teacher candidates, and school administrators are invited to attend and are eligible to receive .5 continuing education credit through Simpson University.
Free summit registration is available online at cateacherssummit.com.
The summit includes EdTalks featuring local teachers. At 9 a.m., the following four teachers will share from their own classroom experiences relative to the conference theme of “Now, More Than Ever”:
- Marissa Fuller, a Simpson University graduate who has been teaching in the Enterprise Elementary School District since 2014.
- Holly Occhipinti, a Holy Names University graduate who has taught third through seventh grades in the Bay Area and teaches a 4/5 combination class at Bonny View Elementary in Redding. Holly is entering her 18th year of teaching.
- Cynthia Jones, a Simpson University graduate who is entering her second year of teaching second grade at Big Springs Elementary School in Montague.
- Kathy Villa, a graduate of Cal Poly in Pomona who is in her 34th year of education, 14 of them in administration. This is her fourth year back at Rother teaching first grade.
A second EdTalk at noon will feature Michelle Nicolls, a California State University, Chico, graduate who teaches first grade at Black Butte Elementary School in Shingletown. Nicolls has been in education since 1984. After many years teaching middle school, she transitioned to teaching first grade at Black Butte five years ago. Nicolls will speak on “Restorative Communication Skills for At-Risk Students.”
Better Together attendees will also have the chance to participate in breakout discussions. During these Edcamp sessions, teachers will pick their own topics – ranging from technology in the classroom, to improving literacy in early education, or boosting science, technology, engineering, and math education – and exchange ideas with colleagues from throughout the region.
North State teachers wishing to receive CEU credit for attending the summit will be emailed the application information along with other details a few days before the event.
The statewide summit is hosted by the Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities (AICCU), the California State University (CSU), and New Teacher Center. Learn more at cateacherssummit.com.
Simpson University, established in 1921, is a Christian university offering undergraduate, graduate, and teaching credential programs. The university celebrated its 25th year in Redding and the completion of a Science and Nursing Center in 2014. Academic programs include ASPIRE, a degree-completion program geared toward working adults with both on-campus and online course offerings, including degrees in psychology and organizational leadership. For information about the university, or to arrange a campus visit, call 1-888-9-SIMPSON or visit simpsonu.edu.
Contact: Cherlyn Chairez
Simpson University School of Education