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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 […]

A Conversation with Yolanda Minor

A facilitator at last year’s Better Together: California Teachers Summit, Yolanda Minor teaches English language arts and English language development to eighth-graders in San Lorenzo, California. She says the Summit is a powerful reminder that teachers need to take time to invest in themselves so that they can continue to help every student reach his […]

“I didn’t choose teaching, teaching chose me.” – Jill Watson

Teaching flows through Jill Watson’s genes. For 14 years, she has followed in the footsteps of her grandmother, mother, aunts, uncle and brothers – all of whom are teachers. “I didn’t choose teaching, teaching chose me,” says Jill. “It’s who I am as a person and in the fiber of my being.” While she initially […]