Brandman campuses home to a day of inspiration for teachers
Brandman University filled all its seats for the Better Together: California Teachers Summit 2015.
Teachers gathered at the Irvine, Roseville, Victorville, Visalia and Yuba City campuses on Friday, July 31, to hear keynote speakers Yvette Nicole Brown and Leland Melvin and a variety of local speakers talk about how teachers had inspired them and how techniques they use in the classroom can help other teachers.
Brown, best known for her role on NBC’s Community, partnered with Stephen Colbert on an initiative to fund education projects in South Carolina. She talked about the teachers who inspired her from second grade through college. Teachers, she said, have the ability to show kids whose views of the world may be very nearsighted that there is a bigger world that they can know.
“I want you to know that I am here because I believe in what you do,” she said.
At the Irvine campus, Rebecca Mieliwoki, a national teacher of the year, urged the attendees to think about how to shape the curriculum to fit the children in the classrooms rather than trying to shape the children to fit the curriculum.
Recent Brandman Ed.D. graduate Carolyn Lindstrom talked about how her transformational change project to create a “buddy” program for her special education students changed the way students at the school interacted and helped create greater inclusion for those in the special education program. Renato Reina, who teaches in South Orange County, showed the attendees how he adjusts his content and his attitude to reach students in dual immersion programs.
Davidica Isaac was among the speakers in Victorville. ” I spoke on believing for a better future beyond the barriers,” Isaac told the Victoville Daily Press. The story also appeared in the Desert Dispatch.
Keynote speaker Leland Melvin, a football player turned astronaut who co-chairs the White House task force on STEM and serves on the International Space Education Board, summed up the day by telling the statewide crowd to “remove the apostrophe t from can’t,” turn it into “can” and “live your dreams.”
Key organizers included the steering commitee of Nancy Salzman, Christine Zeppos, Leree Nolan, Bob Tran, Ricardo Lrenzana, Alex Elliott, Joe Cockrell and Rene Diaz.
At the Irvine campus, Jan Hartz, Tammy Robles, Gloria Rayo, Saralyn Smith, Hung Bui and Robert Peterson also kept the event on track. Jessica Cone and Chris Smith (Roseville), Susanne Eisenhart (Victorville), Alex Elliott and Sonia Gutierrez-Mendoza (Visalia), and Barbara Forkey, Barbara Bartels and Roy Martin (Yuba City) performed the same duties at their campuses.
Summit sponsors, including Brandman University and other higher education institutions in California, the New Teacher Center and the California Department of Education, are hoping that participants also build a network of colleagues to support future collaboration. The summit was held in 33 locations throughout California.
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