California Teachers Summit to Feature Shasta County Teachers in ‘ED Talks’

For Immediate Release


Cherlyn Chairez
Education Office Manager
School of Education

REDDING, Calif. - Two former Shasta County Teachers of the Year will be among the local speakers featured at the second annual Better Together: California Teachers Summit on July 29.

Simpson University is one of nearly 40 hosts statewide for the free summit that gives educators an opportunity to network, share successful practices and access resources to implement the California Standards.

The North State event will be held at Sequoia Middle School from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. All preK-12 California teachers, teacher candidates, and administrators are invited to attend and are eligible to receive .5 continuing education credit through Simpson University.

Free summit registration is available online at

In addition to national keynote speakers (including teacher and author Kelly Gallagher) who will address all locations via live video, the Redding-based event will include the following ED Talk topics and speakers:

  • “Problem-Based Learning (PBL)—Learning to Trust Students (While Teaching Them Lifelong Skills)” – Cathy Alderman and Steve Main, Anderson New Technology High School
  • “Information, Access, and Equity” – Ryan Johnson, Enterprise Elementary School District

Alderman and Main have been team teaching for 12 years at Anderson New Technology High School, recognized nationally for its ability to develop high-achieving students in a low socioeconomic area. In their combined curriculum, called “Studies,” Main and Alderman use a seven-step process to enable students to master strategies needed for successful problem-based learning (PBL).

Both Alderman, who teaches social science, and Main, who teaches English, have been recognized as Shasta County Teachers of the Year.

In Johnson’s role as instructional technology coordinator, he has guided the Enterprise Elementary School District through its 1:1 technology initiative and, with help from his instructional technology coaching team, created a model for professional development that is being duplicated across the country. Johnson spent 15 years as a classroom teacher and has been in his current role for more than three years.

Better Together attendees will also have the chance to participate in breakout discussions. During these Edcamp sessions, teachers will pick their own topics – ranging from technology in the classroom, to improving literacy in early education, or boosting science, technology, engineering, and math education – and exchange ideas with colleagues from throughout the region.

North State teachers wishing to receive CEU credit for attending the summit will be emailed the application information along with other details a few days before the event.

The statewide summit is hosted by the Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities (AICCU), the California State University (CSU), and New Teacher Center. Learn more at


Contact: SU Public Relations
(530) 226-4737