Moraga, CA (July 28, 2017) – Ten thousand teachers participated on Friday in the third annual Better Together: California Teachers Summit, a free day of learning led by teachers for teachers. Saint Mary’s College of California served as the headquarters for this year’s Summit, which took place at 35 sites across the Golden State.

“Saint Mary’s is honored to host such a powerful day of learning,” said Christopher Sindt, dean of Saint Mary’s Kalmanovitz School of Education. “The Summit underscores our commitment to academic excellence and empowering teachers to foster change for the common good.”

Dr. Jill Biden, a lifelong educator and the wife of former Vice President Joe Biden, delivered the keynote address at Saint Mary’s, which was livestreamed to all 35 sites. Dr. Biden, who has taught at community colleges, a public high school and a psychiatric hospital for adolescents, shared valuable insights from her 30-year teaching career.

“Every day in the Administration, I leaned on my experiences as a teacher,” said Dr. Biden. “Being an educator is about bridging divides, coming up with creative solutions, and finding a way forward, even when it’s tough. When I think about the challenges we face as a nation and as a global community, teachers are the people who give me the most hope.”
This year’s theme, “Now More Than Ever,” reflects the importance of bringing teachers together to share ways to empower California students, protect their values as educators and set an example for the nation. The California Teachers Summit is the result of a unique partnership between the Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities (AICCU), the California State University (CSU) and New Teacher Center.  Read more here..