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Pacific hosts summit on teaching the Common Core

Jul 23, 2015

University of the Pacific on July 31 will join more than 30 other colleges and universities throughout California as hosts of a statewide summit for teachers on the Common Core.

“This is a great opportunity for Pacific to take a leadership role in helping teachers in the area better understand how to infuse principles from the Common Core into their curricula,” said Linda Webster, interim dean of the Gladys L. Benerd School of Education at University of the Pacific.

The free day-long event, called Better Together: California Teachers Summit, is intended to provide teachers an opportunity to learn from nationally recognized leaders and share innovative strategies for implementing California Standards in English language arts/literacy and math, commonly referred to as the Common Core.

Registration for the Pacific event closed after reaching 110. Statewide, more than 10,000 preK-12 teachers, teacher candidates and school administrators have enrolled.

The event is co-sponsored by the Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities, the California Department of Education, the New Teacher Center, and the California State University system. Pacific President Pamela A. Eibeck is the current chair of the AICCU, which represents more than 70 California private nonprofit colleges and universities.

Better Together is supported by grants to the New Teacher Center, CSU Fullerton and Loyola Marymount University from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the S.D. Bechtel Jr. Foundation, and the Silver Giving Foundation.

The summit is taking place at 20-some CSU campuses, from Humboldt State to CSU Los Angeles, and on the campuses of University of the Pacific and St. Mary’s College. Other private universities are hosting their summits at off-campus locations, including USC, Pepperdine, Loyola Marymount, Antioch, University of Redlands, Simpson University, National University, Biola University and Brandman University.

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Established in 1851 as the first chartered institution of higher education in California, University of the Pacific prepares students for professional and personal success through rigorous academics, small classes, and a supportive and engaging culture. Widely recognized as one of the most beautiful private university campuses in the West, the Stockton campus offers more than 80 majors in seven schools. The university’s distinctive Northern California footprint also includes a campus in San Francisco, home to the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry and new graduate programs in health, food and technology fields, and in Sacramento, home to the Pacific McGeorge School of Law and new graduate programs in health, education, business and public policy. For more information, visit

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