Educators Rising California

There’s power in teaching

California FEA Conference


8 – 8:40 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:40 – 8:45 a.m. Introduction
Julie Evans, CEO, Project Tomorrow
8:45 – 8:50 a.m. Welcome
Tod Burnett, President, Saddleback College
8:50 – 9:00 a.m. Warm-up
Dan Brown, National Board Certified Teacher (NBCT), Executive Director, Future Educator Association
9:00 – 9:15 a.m Keynote
Scott Bedley, 2014 Orange County Teacher of the Year, Plaza Vista School, Irvine Unified School District
9:30 – 10:00 a.m. Session 1 Workshops
10:05 – 10:35 a.m. Session 2 Workshops
10:35 – 10:50 a.m. Break
10:50 – 11:20 a.m. Session 3 Workshops
11:25 – 11:55 a.m. Session 4 Workshops
12 – 12:40 p.m Networking Lunch and College Fair
12:45 – 1 p.m. Closing
Evaluation, Raffle

Workshop Descriptions

Technology in the Classroom
Room: BGS 254, Scott Bedley (Irvine Unified School District)
How is educational technology impacting the classrooms of today...and tomorrow?! Highlighting the work of local teachers, this session explores the digital tools used in today's classroom and their transformative impact on teaching and learning.

Career Technical Education and College Level Teaching
Room BGS 135, Brain Devaney (Capo Unified School District)
Have you considered teaching in an area other than the traditional K-12? Learn from a veteran teacher about his experience teaching in college and CTE (Career Technical Education) Classrooms. You may discover these non-traditional teaching pathways are the perfect fit for you!

Preschool Pathways and Practice
Room: BGS 134, Christina Smith (Saddleback College)
Discover the exciting world of working with young children, 0-5 years old.  Come learn how you can integrate your classes with practical experience.  There are many new and exciting opportunities developing in the field of Early Childhood Education.  Lead young children to cognitive, creative and social growth and development.

The College Experience-Student Panel
Room: BGS 250, John Bellecci (Moderator), Angie Hamilton, Francisco Hernandez, Mia Lalonde, Layla Tammadon,
Students from colleges and universities will provide you with insight on college life.  They will share their successes as well as give you tips on what you need to do to stay focused and be successful.

Academic Preparation for Teaching
Room: BGS 253, Sue Marshall and Whitney Young (UC Irvine), Barbara Saur (CSU Fullerton), Nate Stucky (Biola), Justin Hultman (Arizona State University)
Learn about the various teacher preparation programs and necessary steps to enter into a multiple subject, single subject or education specialist credential program from college representatives.  There will be a Q&A session so come prepared with your questions.

Counseling Services and Special Education
Room: SSC 245, Rob Harris (Dana Hills High School), Grace Jones (Laguna Beach), Karen Nosbusch (La Paz Intermediate, Moderator)
Teaching in an elementary or secondary classroom isn’t the only career option for future educators.  Hear from a school psychologist, counselor, and special education teacher how their special training assists a variety of students.


STEM: Looking to the Future
Room: BGS 254, Larry Perez (Saddleback College)
Science, Technology, Math and Engineering, known as STEM, are the hot subject areas leading to the highest paying, high demand careers of the future. Saddleback College Professor Larry Perez, creator of the popular website alegebra2go, will share techniques with future STEM teachers.

Elementary Teaching Strategies
Room: BGS 250, Stephany Rose (Capo Unified School District)
A Kindergarten Teacher will explore and discuss the rewarding field of elementary teaching, strategies for success, and the importance of passion in teaching and beyond!

High School Teaching Strategies
Room: BGS 253, Tom Grzecka (Trabuco Hills High School)
Teaching high school students requires the ability to be an expert in a subject area while still helping students develop these skills necessary to succeed in life.  Learn from veteran Trabuco Hills High School science teacher Tom Grzecka how to combine Common Core with common courtesy to empower students to be the best they can be.

Teachers Tell All: New and Veteran Teachers Panel
Room: BGS 245, Scott Bedley (Plaza Vista School), Dan Brown (FEA), Betty Cappelletti (JSerra High School), Julie Evans (Project Tomorrow, Moderator), Cat Nolan (San Juan Hill High School)
Teachers of various backgrounds will inform you of the rewards and challenges of being a teacher in today’s society.  There will be a Q&A session so make sure you come prepared with questions.

Financial Aid
Room: BGS 244, Javier Williams
IT’S NOT TOO LATE to apply for financial aid for the Fall 2014 semester. This workshop discusses the types of financial aid available, common mistakes that students make and what the financial aid process looks like. Join us and get your questions answered! 

Campus Tour
Meet in the quad, Saddleback College SCTA
Check out a college campus and get a taste of being a college student.  The tour will give you an in-depth look at the Saddleback College campus.