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Posted August 7, 2017

California Teachers Summit brings more than 300 to Cal State East Bay

The third annual event was a day of networking and learning for K-12 teachers

A summit for teachers featuring a broadcast keynote speech by former Second Lady Jill Biden brought together 350 educators at Cal State East Bay last month for a day of networking and learning.

Held on the last Friday of July every year at 36 college campuses, the “Better Together” summit, funded primarily by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, is a partnership between the California State University system, the Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities, and the New Teacher Center.

Biden’s speech was broadcast from St. Mary’s College in Moraga and Cal State East Bay Professor and Teacher Education Department Chair Eric Engdahl said the event was “an inspiring day of hope, of connections and of getting ready for the new students — the new opportunities — who will be entering our classrooms this fall.” 

After the keynote, Cal State East Bay participants attended “EdTalks,” including one about collaboration led by Kendra Pollock, who has worked in both private and public education during the past eight years and is currently earning a dual master's degree in Educational Psychology and Marriage and Family Therapy at Cal State East Bay. 

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