Education Groups to Sponsor Unprecedented Convening of California Teachers

Posted by Pamela Van Halsema on June 8, 2015 3:17 PM

Unique partnership of California education groups assemble to celebrate teachers across the state at Better Together: California Teachers Summit
  
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On July 31, California teachers at 33 locations across the state, including Sonoma State University, will come together to share innovative strategies that empower our PreK-12 teachers and build powerful teacher communities to positively impact our students. New Teacher Center (NTC), in partnership with California State University (CSU), the Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities (AICCU) and its member institutions, will co-host Better Together: California Teachers Summit, which is designed to help teachers learn from each other, share best practices in implementing the new California Standards and celebrate their work. The events are supported by $3.5 million in grants to NTC, CSU Fullerton and Loyola Marymount University from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

"California teachers know that the time to impact the lives of students is always going to be now," said Ellen Moir, Founder and CEO of New Teacher Center. "This event will allow 20,000 teachers to celebrate in classroom successes while building a powerful and lasting support network." 

As teachers prepare for the upcoming school year, Better Together: California Teachers Summit provides a unique opportunity to hear from nationally renowned speakers and give teachers a forum to share cutting-edge strategies and proven best practices led by teachers and for teachers. Teachers will come away with concrete tools and strategies for navigating recent changes in implementing the new California Standards, and a network of colleagues from their home region to support future collaboration. 

"California's teachers work tirelessly every day to make sure our students thrive," said Kristen Soares, President of AICCU. "This gathering celebrates their achievements and brings them back to their AICCU campus community to equip them with research based practices to ensure their continued success in a changing environment."

"With roots extending back a century to its teacher college origins, the CSU is honored to host this special day of professional collaboration," said CSU Chancellor Timothy P. White. "Through peer learning and exchange, California teachers continue to be at the forefront of classroom innovation - further igniting the spark of learning in their students."

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All California teachers, teacher candidates and school administrators are invited to participate in this summit. Events will be held at 33 locations throughout California and registration is free. For more information or to register online, please visit www.cateacherssummit.com, and follow #CATeachersSummit for up-to-date information.

"California teachers know that the time to impact t
he lives of students is always going to be now," sa
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Ellen Moir, Founder and CEO of New Teacher Center.
"This event will allow 20,000 teachers to celebrate
in-classroom successes while building a powerful an
d lasting support network."

ieSonoma annual event to feature Emily Pilloton, Dan Pallotta, and Adam Braun: June 7-8

Posted by Pamela Van Halsema on May 12, 2015 2:20 PM

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A young woman whose first crush, MacGyver, sparked her love of constrained problem-solving and tinkering and led her to found Project H Design, a nonprofit teaching youth to design and build their future with heart, hands, and hammers.

A Harvard graduate who invented the multi-day charitable event industry with the AIDS Rides and Breast Cancer 3-Days, events that altered the landscape of options for ordinary individuals seeking to make an extraordinary difference.

A college student backpacking across the globe who asked a small boy begging on the streets of India what he wanted most in the world and whose answer would lead him to found an organization that has built over 300 schools serving over 30,000 students around the world.

What do these three remarkable individuals have in common? Aside from being called to action through their personal life experiences, these innovative leaders will be the featured speakers at an important community event taking place in Sonoma County on June 7 and 8, 2015. The third annual ieSonoma: innovate | educate event is scheduled for Sunday, June 7 at Sonoma Country Day School in Santa Rosa and on Monday, June 8 in Weill Hall at Sonoma State University's Green Music Center in Rohnert Park. Participants may choose to attend one or both days.

Get tickets from www.iesonoma.org

ieSonoma events are intended to provoke attendees' thinking and challenge previously held beliefs about teaching and learning in the 21st century. Over the past two years, some of the best thinkers in the world have shared their ideas for innovation in education at ieSonoma: Sir Ken Robinson and Dale Dougherty in 2013, followed by Sugata Mitra and Nirvan Mullick in 2014.

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This year, three dynamic speakers will take the stage: Emily Pilloton, Dan Pallotta, and Adam Braun. Each brings a unique story about how they have made a difference in their respective industry sectors by embracing innovation and challenging the status quo:

Emily Pilloton is an educator, architect, and humanitarian activist who believes that design and building can excite learning and citizenship. She developed and is now teaching a design-build curriculum called Studio H that engages the minds and bodies of high school students through real-world, built projects. Originally launched in rural Bertie County, North Carolina, Studio H is now based at REALM Charter School in Berkeley, California. Emily will be one of the keynotes for the Monday morning event.

  • dan_pallotta.jpgDan Pallotta is an entrepreneur, author, and humanitarian activist who is changing the way the public thinks about charity and change. He is best known for creating the multi-day charitable event industry, and a new generation of philanthropists, with the AIDS Rides and Breast Cancer 3-Day events. His 2013 TED Talk, viewed by 3.5 million people, argued that "the way we think about charity is dead wrong." Dan will be the keynote for the Sunday evening event, and will also be one of the keynotes for the Monday morning event.
  • braun.jpegAdam Braun is a best-selling author, entrepreneur, philanthropist, and founder of Pencils of Promise, a non-profit organization that builds schools and increases access to education for children in the developing world. His book, The Promise of a Pencil, describes how an ordinary person can create extraordinary change. Adam will be one of three keynote speakers at the Monday morning ieSonoma event.
  • With the three speakers' stories in mind, ieSonoma is adopting "A Call to Action" as its theme this year. ieSonoma 2015 promises to be an important public gathering of education and community leaders who are interested in transforming education and rethinking the way we view the institutions and organizations that play a role in preparing students for success in the 21st century.

    Additional details on the speakers can be found at www.iesonoma.org. A sell-out crowd of 750 on Sunday and 1000 people on Monday is expected for the event.

    About ieSonoma

    ieSonoma is a partnership of educational institutions and the larger community dedicated to exploring the research, theory, and practice of preparing young people for success in a rapidly changing world. In 2013, the Sonoma County Office of Education joined with Sonoma Country Day School and Sonoma State University to spark innovation and collaboration in the local education community. More than 25 other organizations are also supporting ieSonoma through sponsorship of this year's annual event, including:

    Gold: 

    John Jordan Foundation

    Silver:

    Alexander Valley Vineyards, Community First Credit Union, Lake County Office of Education, Petaluma City Schools, Piner-Olivet Union School District, Quattrocchi Kwok Architects Inc., Santa Rosa City Schools, Santa Rosa Junior College, Sonoma Academy


    Bronze:

    Bellwether Farms, Bergin Glass Impressions, CalStateTEACH, Career Technical Education Foundation Sonoma County, Community Foundation Sonoma County, First 5 Sonoma County, Girard & Edwards, Jardesca, Mendocino County Office of Education, North Bay Leadership Council, North Coast Beginning Teacher Program, Sonoma County Department of Health Services, Sonoma County Human Services Department, Whole Foods

    Additional support from:

    The Press Democrat, Vintners Inn, Wells Fargo Center for the Arts

    Summer 2015 Job Opportunities

    Posted by Yesenia Rivas-Suarez on May 7, 2015 1:04 PM

    Are you currently seeking a summer job? Check out some places hiring right now:

    Conservation Corps North Bay
    Currently seeking a Sonoma County Youth Ecology Corps Crew Leader. Positions available in Sonoma & Marin. Will lead ecological groups working with Sonoma County Water Agency, Sonoma County Regional Parks, or the City of Rohnert Park.

    CYO Summer Camp
    CYO is hiring Camp Counselors, Camp Coordinators, a Health Officer, & more. Check out their website for a full list of open positions.

    Destination Science
    Destination Science is a summer day camp focusing on STEM education.they are hiring for several full time or part time positions. They are seeking site directors, site assistants, and teachers.

    Galileo
    Galileo is an innovative summer camp with sites all across California. Check out their job listings page to find the right fit for you based on education level and experience.

    Be sure to join our Linkedin group for all current job listings.

    Call for Nominations for the 2015 Jack London Award for Educational Innovation

    Posted by Pamela Van Halsema on January 13, 2015 8:59 AM

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    "He was mastered by the sheer surging of life, the tidal wave of being, the perfect joy of each separate muscle, joint, and sinew in that it was everything that was not death, that it was aglow and rampant, expressing itself in movement, flying exultantly under the stars."
    Jack London, The Call of the Wild

    Inspired by London

    Local hero Jack London was a brilliant writer who pursued life with a sense of adventure much like the characters in his books. He took a non-traditional approach to living and learning, and embraced risk to spur his imagination.Tapping into those experiences, he was able to spin classic tales like The Call of the Wild, White Fang and dozens if not hundreds of other stories, novels, poems and plays.

    Here at Sonoma State it is London's rogue ambition and creative fervor that we memorialize in the Jack London Award for Educational Innovation program.  For 28 years, the award has celebrated exceptional programs and the creative people who took risks, energy and time to make them successful for the children of Sonoma County public schools. 

    Call for Nominations

    We now invite nominations for the 2015 Jack London Award.  Representatives from throughout Sonoma County are invited to nominate innovative programs for this honor. Nominated programs may serve early childhood, elementary or secondary education populations either as part of the school day or as an extra-curricular program. 

    Think about  what creative risk-taking is happening in the classrooms, labs, art rooms, playgrounds, gymnasiums and auditoriums at your schools. Have you launched any new and innovative  programs that build student engagement and advance learning? Tell us about them! Our advisory committee reviews all the applications and selects a few finalist programs for a team of judges to visit and evaluate in person.

    Nominations Due February 12

    Apply by Thursday, February 12, 2015; application is posted on our website at www.sonoma.edu/education/jack-london

    Direct questions about the Jack London Award for Educational Innovation to Pamela Van Halsema at 707-664-2132.

    Mary Collins School to Host 13th Annual Symposium: What Does it Mean to be Literate in the 21st Century

    Posted by Pamela Van Halsema on January 12, 2015 10:57 AM

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    What does it mean to be 'literate in the 21st Century?  Teacher educators, Dr. Jennifer Roswell and Awele Makeba will consider this question at the 13th Annual Mary Collins School Symposium on Saturday, January 24, 2015 from 9:00-3:00 PM.  These two engaging presenters will share their work in language arts through authentic contexts, student discourses and multiple viewpoints.  

    About the Speakers

    Jennifer Roswell is the Canada Research Chair in Multiliteracies, Brock University, St. Catharines, Ontario.Her research explores the ways of broadening literacy education, policy and theory so that it meets the challenges of multi-modal, digital and trans-cultural environments.

    Awele Makeba is an award-winning and internationally known storyteller, teacher, recording artist and performer. She is an artist for social change. She currently serves as a Literacy Specialist in Oakland Unified School District.

    The full day of professional development will involve presentations Dr. Rowsell and Ms. Makeba, teacher-facilitated break-out sessions, and a final "rocking chair" session in which the two presenters have a dialogue and address our most pressing questions.  A local, organic lunch is also included.*

    Mary Collins a Partner with SSU for Teacher Preparation

    Mary Collins School partners with the Multiple Subject Credential Program in the training of new elementary school teachers. As a CORE site pre-service teachers observe and ain field experience in the classroom, working closely with expert elementary school mentor teachers for the two semesters they are working toward a Multiple Subject teaching credential.  

    Mary Collins is known for their Constructivist approach to learning and offer specialized learning in the arts and enviornmental education. In Constructivism the emphasis is placed on the learner or the student, rather than the teacher or the instructor. Learning is also affected by the context and the beliefs and attitudes of the learner. Learners are encouraged to invent their own solutions and to try out ideas and hypotheses. They are given the opportunity to build on prior knowledge. 

    ***Bring a friend (2 or more) and receive $5 off each ticket.  Please email us at marycollinsschoolsymposium@gmail.com and we'll send you the discount code!***