More than 700 teachers are registered to participate in the third annual California Better Together Teachers Summit at Cal State Bakersfield next week.

The event brings together educators from across the state to share ideas, join a teacher network and learn effective strategies for implementing new state standards in classrooms. It’s hosted at 40 locations across California.

Jill Biden, a former community college, high school and psychiatric hospital teacher who is married to former Vice President Joe Biden, will deliver the keynote address from a telecast at Saint Mary’s College of California.

“We are thrilled that Dr. Jill Biden is showing her support for the Better Together: CA Teachers Summit event by providing the feature keynote,” Kristina LaGue, department chair of teacher education, said. “Her message is sure to empower and inspire teachers, which fits perfectly with the intent of the day. As a lifelong educator, she will be able to share key insights on teaching that will be very relevant to all educators.”

Local teachers Alli Arnold and Edward Gonzales will provide local keynote addresses.

The free event emphasizes the importance of uniting teachers to listen to and learn from each other, with sessions that include themes like bullying in the classroom, celebrating diversity and teaching students to be open-minded, critical thinkers.

It runs from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Icardo Center. Registration is open at

KCNC graduates 27 leaders

The Kern County Network for Children is graduating 27 community members Thursday from its 2017 Leadership Development Training Program.

The program, which started in 1998, fosters leadership skills in neighborhoods and communities to better serve children and families.

Participants “learn how to advocate for those who cannot advocate for themselves and how to pass these skills onto others,” according to KCNC’s website.

The program stresses understanding of public issues, mobilizes participants to lead others effectively and organizes them by building a network of others with common interests.

This year’s graduates include employees of the Kern County Sheriff’s Office, the Kern County Superintendent of Schools office, Housing Authority of Kern County, and the Kern County Department of Child Support Services, among others.

​Harold Pierce covers education and health for The Californian. He can be reached at 661-395-7404. Follow him on Twitter @RoldyPierce

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