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Better Together: California Teachers Summit

Teachers Summit


Sir Ken Robinson

We’re proud to announce that Sir Ken Robinson will be our keynote speaker at the 2018 Better Together: California Teachers Summit. Sir Ken is an internationally acclaimed expert on creativity and innovation. In his keynote remarks, Sir Ken will challenge the way we’re educating our children and champion a radical rethink of our school systems.

Note: The keyonote address will be broadcast live to Cal State San Marcos. 

To meet each student’s needs, teachers know how important it is to personalize learning. These tailored strategies give students voice and choice in their learning, increasing engagement and generating better outcomes. But what do these tailored strategies look like in the classroom? To personalize learning effectively, teachers need to experience it for themselves.

On July 27, the fourth annual BetterTogether: California Teachers Summit will bring new and seasoned teachers together at 30+ locations across the state to strengthen our teacher network, share resources and experience what it looks like to personalize learning for ourselves. The Summit will feature TED-style EdTalks presented by teacher leaders and a choice of discussions in an Edcamp format led by teachers, for teachers. This format encourages peer-to-peer dialogue and empowers teachers to lean into their own learning.

The Summit gives California teachers a voice in their own learning and an opportunity to share their ideas. It also connects them with a professional network to personalize learning, both for themselves and the students they serve. Don’t miss this unique day of inspiration, learning and sharing.
The Summit is free and open to all California pre-K-12 teachers, teacher candidates, school administrators and other educators, such as instructional assistants, school psychologists and school librarians.

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Our 2018 EdTalk Speakers

Scott Bedley & Jaime Yumiko Brown

Scott Bedley

Scott Bedley

EdTalk Title: When the World Stops To Play

About: Scott Bedley is a passionate educator on the west coast of the United States. This award-winning teacher, author, and speaker has been working to create formats to support education globally for the past 24 years having taught at 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th-grade and at the high school level. His project-based book has been used by millions of kids across America through the non-profit Rachel’s Challenge created out of the tragedy at Columbine. He is a founding member of Skype's Master Teachers group focused on connecting classrooms around the world in an effort to create a more collaborative global community. He was highlighted during the Super Bowl for his classroom efforts in Microsoft's Global #Empowering Campaign as well as featured by top news sources across the United States such as the Wall Street Journal, O Magazine, Vox Online News, NPR, The NY Times, The LA Times, CNN as well as several other news outlets. He is the co-founder of Global School Play Day and the Technology Applied Science Fair. Scott has co-hosted the popular education podcast the Bedley Brothers Edchat for the past 5 years as well as the podcast Grumpy Old Teachers for the past 3 years. These edutaining podcasts focus on bringing current and progressive strategies to busy teachers for free. Scott was a featured speaker at 2017 TEDx Bratislava, Slovakia and is a regular Keynote speaker and trainer. He was selected Orange County Teacher of the Year as well as California Teacher of the Year Finalist (Top 10). Scott is the founder of the new education professional development marketplace where paid professional development jobs are posted by institutes around the world for educators to bid at and earn extra money while sharing their amazing ideas and expertise. Scott is looking to change the world by impact ing students', families' and educators' lives. He currently lives and teaches in Orange County, CA.

Connect with Scott on Facebook or Twitter: @Scotteach @BedleyBros @GSPlayDay @edupresenters or @MrBedleysClass


Jamie Yumiko Brown

Jaime Yumiko Brown

About: Jaime Yumiko Brown is a 2018 California Teacher of the Year and a 2009 Milken Educator.

She is an International Baccalaureate English and Film Studies teacher at the School of International Studies at San Diego High School, where she has been teaching for the past 15 years. As a graduate of San Diego High School herself, Jaime believes in the power of “homegrown” teachers who have lived through the challenges current students are experiencing.  As a result, she has helped inspire and mentor  former students  to enter the teaching profession. She now counts three former students as her colleagues at San Diego High School of International Studies, located in downtown San Diego.

Jaime’s experiences as a biracial yonsei (fourth-generation Japanese American), and her grandparent's personal stories of internment in concentration camps during World War Two, position her to be especially sensitive to ensuring that all students feel safe and welcome in her classroom.

Her professional interests include teacher recruitment and retention, encouraging compassion in the classroom, and empowering all students to access rigorous curriculum.

She lives in San Diego with her husband, two children, two step-children, and two lazy dogs.