Dr. Jill Biden to Keynote Third Annual Better Together: California Teachers Summit

For Immediate Release: June 19, 2017

Media Contact: Lauren Empson, Director of Communications, lempson@newteachercenter.org

Educators across the state gather for a day of learning led by teachers, for teachers 

Santa Cruz, CA — The third annual Better Together: California Teachers Summit will feature Dr. Jill Biden as the keynote speaker, organizers announced today. The free day of learning is hosted in collaboration by the New Teacher Center, the Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities and California State University. The event is open to all California educators and will take place on July 28, 2017 at dozens of locations across the state.

Dr. Biden, wife of former Vice President Joe Biden, is a lifelong educator who has taught at community colleges, a public high school and a psychiatric hospital for adolescents over her 30-year teaching career. As Second Lady, she worked to highlight the importance of community colleges to America’s future while continuing to teach as a full-time English professor at a community college in Northern Virginia. With the February 2017 launch of the Biden Foundation, Jill and her husband will continue their commitment to public education.

“As a life-long educator, Dr. Biden understands the importance of teachers teaching teachers,” says New Teacher Center CEO Ellen Moir. “We’re so fortunate to have Dr. Biden’s support support to spotlight the importance of collaboration and ongoing networks of teacher support.”

The theme of this year’s Summit, Now More Than Ever, reflects the importance of bringing teachers together to listen and learn from one another. Sessions will focus on timely topics ranging from addressing bullying in the classroom to celebrating diversity to teaching students to be open-minded, critical thinkers. By bringing California teachers together, the Summit will empower teachers to support our students and set an example for the nation. Dr. Biden will speak at the headquarters site of Saint Mary’s College of California, and her remarks will be simulcast to 34 other sites across the state.

“Dr. Biden is an inspiration for all California teachers,” said Leslee Milch of Carl E. Gilbert Elementary School in the Buena Park School District. “We can’t wait to hear her insights from the classroom and her vision to better support all of our students.”

New Teacher Center, in partnership with the Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities and California State University, are organizing the third annual Summit and providing the event resources and facilitators to lead the conversation. The event is free to all California pre-K-12 teachers, teacher candidates, school administrators and other educators. For more information, please visit www.cateacherssummit.com, and follow @CATeacherSummit on Facebook and Twitter for updates.




About NTC
New Teacher Center is a national non-profit organization dedicated to improving student learning by guiding a new generation of educators. Founded by teachers in 1998, NTC works in conjunction with school districts, state policy makers, and educators across the country to increase the effectiveness of teachers and school leaders at all levels. These programs are built upon research-based principles for teacher onboarding, mentoring, and ongoing coaching, and proven to accelerate teacher effectiveness, reduce teacher churn, and improve student achievement. NTC has made it their mission to overcome challenges students and teachers face by providing all educators with the support and resources necessary to succeed from their first day to their last. NTC now supports over 8,500 mentors or coaches and 31,600 teachers, and is improving the learning of over 2.2 million students across the country.


The Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities represents 75 private nonprofit colleges and universities in California who collectively enroll 320,000 students and is the largest preparer of California’s advanced workforce. The core mission of AICCU institutions is to improve lives through higher education. AICCU institutions are committed to the public good and are incredibly diverse – ranging from large to small traditional liberal arts institutions, including nationally ranked research universities; colleges offering faith-based, performing and visual arts, and “non-traditional” programs of study; as well as professional schools that specialize in business, law, medicine, and more. In addition to providing creative and intellectual higher education resources to assure California’s future societal and economic vitality, AICCU institutions are major contributors to the economies of the regions they serve.

About CSU

The California State University is the largest system of senior higher education in the country, with 23 campuses, 50,800 faculty and staff and 479,000 students. Half of the CSU’s students transfer from California Community Colleges. Created in 1960, the mission of the CSU is to provide high-quality, affordable education to meet the ever-changing needs of California. With its commitment to quality, opportunity, and student success, the CSU is renowned for superb teaching, innovative research and for producing job-ready graduates. Each year, the CSU awards more than 110,000 degrees. One in every 20 Americans holding a college degree is a graduate of the CSU and our alumni are 3.3 million strong. Connect with and learn more about the CSU in the CSU NewsCenter.




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