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Better Together: California Teachers Summit

The Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities (AICCU), California State University (CSU), and New Teacher Center (NTC) partnered together on a initiative to bring more than 10,000 educators together across the state for a day of professional learning. We're thrilled to share that the Better Together: California Teachers Summit will happen again this year!

California teachers are working hard to foster inclusive classrooms, spark learning and equip all students to succeed. Now more than ever, teachers deserve an opportunity to come together and share ways to support our students, protect our values as educators and set an example for the nation.

Join thousands of teachers from across California for a FREE day of learning featuring a TED-style EdTalk presented by a local teacher and Edcamp discussions led by teachers, for teachers. You will walk away with access to the latest strategies and tools you can bring back to your classroom.

Together, we can ensure that every California student receives a quality education and is prepared to take on the challenges and opportunities ahead.

The event is FREE to all California PreK-12 teachers, teacher candidates and school administrators.

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A third annual statewide day of learning by teachers, for teachers


FRIDAY, JULY 28, 2017


Check-in: 7:00 - 8:00 am
Program: 8:00 - 12:30 pm


University Student Union (USU) Ballroom

Free Parking in the structure, levels 2 and 3 ONLY


Dr. Pat Stall
Director, School of Education

Leslie Mauerman
Site Lead

Melinda Jones
Project Coordinator

Meet our EdTalk Speakers

Dave Trejo

EdTalk Title:  Air Conditioning-the power of unlocking the why

Dave TrejoDave Trejo is a founding Director of iLEAD Pacoima, a K-12 project based charter school in Pacoima, CA. Pacoima is located just north of Burbank in the San Fernando Valley.

Dave characterizes himself as being known for bringing positivity, happiness, leadership and results to schools, and seeks to be an extraordinary educator, speaker and school leader.

He is a bilingual public speaker who understands the importance of asking why and actually listening to the answer.

He was chosen as the Dodgers Community Hero personally by Adrian Gonzalez


He was also chosen by the Bill and Melinda GATES Foundation to be a keynote speaker at their Elevating & Celebrating Effective Teachers conference in Seattle.

Megan Gross

EdTalk Title: The Dignity of Dreams & High Expectations

Megan GrossMegan Gross is a 2017 California Teacher of the Year and a Top Four Finalist for National Teacher of the Year 2017. 

She is a special education teacher at Del Norte High School, in the Poway Unified School District.  Megan has taught and facilitated inclusive education for students with disabilities at both the elementary and secondary level for nine years.  As an educator, Megan has advocated and supported students' transitions from segregated Special Day Classes, to an instructional day including general education academic and elective classes.  In addition, she facilitates social inclusion and extracurricular activities as a Special Education Co-Advisor of the Del Norte High School Best Buddies Club.    

Megan is passionate about supporting individuals with disabilities through the lifespan.  As a college student, she provided in-home care to children with developmental disabilities through the respite program of Summer House, Inc.  After graduating from college, Megan advocated for adults with developmental disabilities whom lived in a residential group home.  As an educator, Megan has presented at regional and national education conferences. Her professional interests include: supporting the transition of students with severe disabilities from segregated classrooms to general education classrooms, developing curricular modifications to increase student access to general education, and facilitating professional development for paraprofessionals and classroom teachers.  Megan is the co-author of The Inclusion Toolbox and ParaEducate.  She resides in San Diego, California, with her husband and two children.