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CSUF Among Leaders of July 31 California Teachers Summit

College of Education Helps Lead Event, Thousands Expected to Attend

Mark Ellis

Mark Ellis, CSUF professor of secondary education

Hallie Yopp Slowik

Hallie Yopp Slowik, CSUF professor of elementary and bilingual education

Cal State Fullerton has been selected to help lead an effort to bring more than 14,500 teachers to sites across California for one day of sharing teaching excellence and education innovation.

The July 31 "Better Together: California Teachers Summit" is supported by $3.5 million in grants, including $1.25 million to Cal State Fullerton, from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

"Teachers will gather for a day of sharing, learning and networking to create a better future for California students," said Claire C. Cavallaro, dean of the CSUF College of Education, who is leading the California State University effort for the first-of-its kind event.

The CSU, New Teacher Center and the Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities and its member institutions will co-host the free event at 33 sites across the state, including Cal State Fullerton and 20 other CSU sites.

Highlights will include best practices in implementing California standards, national speakers and resources, information and materials to help teachers navigate changes and new opportunities in state teaching practices.

Cal State Fullerton's Mark Ellis, professor of secondary education, and Hallie Yopp Slowik, professor of elementary and bilingual education, both experts in California's rigorous new K-12 standards, are among educators planning the event.

"California is rich with exceptional teachers who engage in excellent practices. I'm delighted to be part of a grand-scale project that facilitates teachers learning from one another and promotes their collaboration. California's students will benefit," said Yopp Slowik, recipient of CSUF's 2001 Outstanding Professor Award and 2002 CSU Wang Family Excellence Award.

For more information and registration, visit online.

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