Annual Day of The Teacher Conference says "Keep Calm and Teach On"
- May 8, 2014
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Future teachers from around the California Bay Area, interested in exploring teaching as a career attended the “Day of the Teacher: Keep Calm and Teach On” conference on April 5, 2014.
The 12th annual Day of the Teacher conference hosted new and seasoned education professionals at the kindergarten through 12th grade education levels. High school teaching academy students interested in pursuing a teaching career were also invited to participate.
The 2014 conference featured a series of workshops including: Effective Classroom Management Techniques; Incorporating Common Core Standards; Teaching at a Community College; and Using Technology to Engage Students in Learning. Additional workshops overviewing the Common Core testing standards: Building a College Going Culture as early as Elementary School; and Funding Your College Education: Grants, Loans Scholarships were offered at the half-day conference.
Susan Bonilla, California State Assemblymember for Contra Costa County and a former school teacher regaled participants with stories from her high school teaching career and encouraged participants to pursue their passion for shaping young minds during a lunch time address.
Both Contra Costa County's Teachers of the year; Cindy Egan and Beth Levine, provided keynote addresses that participants said were 'inspiring'. I observed participants laughing and crying while both teachers talked about their classrooms.
Cindy Egan, a teacher at San Ramon Valley High School, encouraged future educators to have a strong presence and be themselves as a teacher. As a trained engineer, she keeps her classroom interesting by providing Friday tips to her high school students. Egan says her tips are "things you need to know but no one ever taught you" like how to eat salad at a business dinner or giving a firm handshake; the latter which she demonstrated on the staff in the workshop.
Beth Levine, a teacher at Montalvin Manor Elementary School, told her audience "you must provide social emotional care when teaching students." Levine gave one example of the impact that her elementary class had on a student who is now an adult. Levine noted that this student, who is serving life in prison, was asked by his attorney to give a name of someone who had a positive impact on his life. The prisoner named Ms. Levine. "The impact of that statement made me gasp along with most of the participants in the room. The story she shared gave a life example of just impactful a teacher can be."
“The purpose of Day of the Teacher is to empower, encourage, and validate any person interested in the teaching profession,” says Annie Nogales Chandler, conference coordinator for Day of the Teacher.
The 12th Annual Day of the Teacher is part of several initiatives at Cal State East Bay to increase community engagement and highlight majors and programs available at the Cal State East Bay Concord branch campus.
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