Author Archives: cateachers

#BetterTogetherCA Book Club Begins Today!

Knowing that teachers truly are better together, our goal is to provide new offerings to connect and inspire California’s teachers. That’s why we’re so excited to launch our first ever #BetterTogetherCA book club today! California teacher Angela Barnett sparked the idea at one of our recent Twitter chats, and we also solicited feedback from our incredible network of teachers to help turn […]

Empowering Educators of Color

Through our Better Together Network, we host activities that continue to connect, inspire, and elevate teachers. This past academic year, through a Better Together grant in partnership with the Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities (AICCU), Santa Clara University hosted an “Empowering Educators of Color” professional development opportunity. Below is a reflection on the […]

Create Boldly – Bryan Sanders

When veteran teacher, Bryan Sanders, stepped onto the stage to give his EdTalk at Loyola Marymount University, he thought he knew what to expect. Since 1997, Bryan has stood in front of classroom after classroom in Santa Monica and now Culver City, Calif., where he works to inspire his students and peers to “create boldly.” […]

Give students choice in the classroom

Choice. We all want the freedom and power to choose what and how we learn. Because we know ourselves better than anyone else. The Better Together: California Teachers Summit, a free statewide day of learning, embraces the notion of choice – for teachers and students alike. Nothing is pre-determined beforehand. You choose what topics you […]

Why Teachers Should Be Lifelong Learners

At last year’s Better Together: California Teachers Summit, keynote speaker Dr. Jill Biden told the crowd at Saint Mary’s College of California that she is always the oldest student in her class – and that being a lifelong learner is a sign of a true educator. Dr. Biden’s speech really touched me. I’ve been teaching […]

Beyond all Expectations: Brian McDaniel

Beyond all expectations. Those three words sum up Dr. Brian McDaniel’s teaching philosophy and life motto. A 2018 California Teacher of the Year and National Teacher of the Year Nominee, Dr. McDaniel has raised over $1,000,000 through grants, donations, sponsorships and fundraisers to ensure that every child can participate in his award-winning music programs. At […]

There’s no one-size-fits-all to education

When Ryan Kile was in college at CSU Fullerton, the headquarters for the 2018 Better Together: California Teachers Summit, he walked past a campus flyer seeking math tutors at a local high school. Now, 13 years later, he considers becoming a math teacher one of the best decisions of his life. “I always joke with […]

From a One Room Schoolhouse to the California Teachers Summit

Jonna Weidaw is not your typical teacher. For 16 years, she has taught grades seven through twelve in a one-room school house in Mendocino County. Expelled by their local school districts, these at-risk students are often on probation or suffer from substance abuse and mental health issues. “They’re labeled at-risk youth, but I don’t like […]