Join the College of Education and the College of Natural Sciences at Cal State San Bernardino when they host the Celebration of Teaching, which will provide participants the opportunity to hear from and ask questions of current K-12 teachers, credential students and faculty.
The Celebration of Teaching will take place in person from 4-6 p.m. Thursday, March 24, at the Santos Manuel Student Union South. A virtual option will also be available for those unable to join in person. Registration is required for both options and can be done online at the Eventbrite Celebration of Teaching 2022 webpage.
The event will feature educators from local school districts who will share job prospects and packages they offer to newly hired teachers. Additionally, campus representatives will provide information on financial aid options available to credential students.
The Celebration of Teaching will also be a great opportunity to network with other students, faculty and staff as well as current teachers, counselors and administrators from local school districts.
The keynote speaker will be Nichi Avina, a middle school science teacher at Cielo Vista Charter School in the Palm Springs Unified School District who last year was named the 2022 Riverside County Teacher of the Year and one of five 2022 California Teachers of the Year. Avina, who has taught for more than 15 years, has spearheaded district-wide trauma training for students with social/emotional trauma histories, created a STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) Lab, established an art mentoring program, and received multiple EcoRise environmental grants.
In addition to teacher and student recognitions, there will be presentations from Chinaka DomNwachukwu, dean of the College of Education, and Sastry Pantula, dean of the College of Natural Sciences, the Riverside Unified School District and San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools.
And Marcus Reynolds, director of the CSUSB College of Education’s Project Impact, will share how the program aims to increase teacher diversity in the Inland Empire and beyond. With a special focus on underrepresented men of color, such as African American males, the College of Education is recruiting graduate students and qualifying undergraduate transfer students to complete a cohort credential program producing highly skilled, collaborative, inclusive and committed teachers who will work as restorative agents for educational equity and social justice.
Multiple breakout sessions will be held to give participants the opportunity to meet and network with K-12 teachers, faculty and current credential students.
The Celebration of Teaching is a partnership between the CSUSB College of Education and College of Natural Sciences, and is supported, in part, by a Department of Education Advising 4 Undergraduate Success (A4US) grant.