June 12, 2017 – Two BCSD teachers will be keynote speakers at this year’s California Teacher’s Summit.
Official Press Release:
Registration is now open for the third annual California Better Together Teachers Summit on Friday, July 28, from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Icardo Center on the California State University, Bakersfield campus.
The Summit brings together teachers at nearly 40 locations across the state, including the CSUB
campus. The day will allow teachers to share ideas, join a teacher network, and learn effective
strategies for implementing the new California Standards in their classrooms.
“This event is unique—the purpose is to celebrate teachers, to thank them for the incredibly
important work that they do, and to inspire them to make a positive impact on the lives of kids
and families,” said Dr. Kristina LaGue, chair of CSUB’s Department of Teacher Education.
“Over 2,000 teachers have already signed up to participate in one of the 40 locations across
California. Each year, our event at CSU Bakersfield grows, and we are hoping to reach 500
future and current educators this year. It is so rewarding to see our former credential students
return year after year to reconnect with one another and with faculty.”
The program will feature keynote addresses by education leaders, TED-style EdTalks presented
by local teachers, and Edcamp discussions on timely topics. Alli Arnold and Edward Gonzalez
will be the keynote speakers for the CSUB event.
Alli Arnold’s EdTalk is titled, “Impossible is Nothing.” Arnold is a science enthusiast and a
proud supporter of public education. She has been teaching Physical/Life Science and
Engineering (PLTW) at Sierra Middle School in the Bakersfield City School District for 13
years. In 2009, Ms. Arnold received the Kern County Teacher of the Year award. Joining
CSUB’s adjunct faculty in 2012, she has enjoyed instructing the Science Methods course and a
pre-professional STEM teaching course in the Education Department. She holds an M. Ed.,
Single Subject Science Credential, and a B.S. in Zoology from UC Santa Barbara.
Edward Gonzalez is a middle school teacher at the Bakersfield City School District and a parttime
faculty member at CSUB. He presents on a variety of topics in educational technology at
local and national conferences. His experiences include middle school-led staff development,
coordinating tutoring experiences between children over 100 miles apart, and facilitating projectbased
learning for high-risk students. In 2016, Edward received the meritorious Edwin Carr
Fellowship from the Department of Elementary and Bilingual Education at CSU Fullerton for his
work in educational technology. His EdTalk is titled, “Standing on the Shoulders of Giants.”
The summit is free to all California PreK-12 teachers, teacher candidates, school administrators,
and other educators.