Better Together: California Teachers Summit at San Francisco State


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Friday, July 28, 2017
8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. PDT



On Friday, July 28, thousands of teachers will gather at San Francisco State University and other locations across California for Better Together: California Teachers Summit. The theme this year is “Now More Than Ever,” which reflects the importance of bringing teachers together to listen and learn from one another. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to join a growing network of teachers across California.

San Francisco State University will feature a special afternoon session with an overview and small group discussions of Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS). MTSS is an integrated, comprehensive framework that aligns academic, behavioral, and social-emotional learning in a fully integrated system of support for the benefit of all students. MTSS offers the potential to create systematic change through intentional design and the redesign of services and supports to quickly identify and match the needs of all students.


Jill Biden: Keynote Speaker

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Jill Biden

Dr. Biden is a lifelong educator and wife of former Vice President Joe Biden. As Second Lady, she worked to highlight the importance of community colleges to America’s future while continuing to teach as a full-time English professor at a community college in Northern Virginia. With the February 2017 launch of the Biden Foundation, Jill and her husband will continue their commitment to public education. Dr. Biden’s experience and insights are especially valuable as California strives to better serve all of our students in a changing world. Dr. Biden will speak at the headquarters site of Saint Mary's College of California, and her remarks will be simulcast to 34 other sites across the state.

David B. Cohen: EdTalk Speaker

EdTalk Speaker: David B. Cohen

David B. Cohen is a National Board Certified English Teacher with twenty years of teaching experience, currently on the staff of Palo Alto High School teaching 10th and 11th grade English classes. He helped launch and co-directed a teacher leadership network called Accomplished California Teachers (ACT). That experience led to opportunities to learn about and work with teachers from all over California. Following these and other collaborations with individuals and education organizations in California, Cohen spent the 2014-15 school year traveling around the state to gather material for his book, Capturing the Spark: Inspired Teaching, Thriving Schools. His EdWeek Teacher blog is also called "Capturing the Spark" and he has also been a blog editor and contributing author at The Standard, a group blog by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS).

Jacob Aringo: EdTalk Speaker

EdTalk Speaker: Jacob Aringo

Jacob Aringo is a S.T.E.A.M (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) teacher at Herbert Hoover Middle School in San Francisco. He has been teaching for 12 years as a high school science, math, and technology teacher and middle school S.T.E.A.M teacher. Jacob Aringo is a fellow graduate of San Francisco State University with a B.S. in Biology: Concentration in Ecology and a M.A. in Education: Concentration in Instructional Technology. He is part of the Exploratorium Leadership Institute where he mentors 1st and 2nd year teachers in the Exploratorium Teacher Institute program. His professional interest lies in integrating motivational systems and gamification principles in his instructional designs to motivate youth in learning S.T.E.A.M. He is a fan of learning by doing because the hands-on process gives students an opportunity to practice applying innovation and design thinking concepts on real dilemmas to innovate, design, and build solutions for a better tomorrow.