College football is coming to town…with a special focus on celebrating teachers.

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College football is coming to town…with a special focus on celebrating teachers.

On Jan. 10, 2015, while North Texas is gearing up for the first-ever College Football Playoff National Championship Game, the community will take a time out to focus on the people who helped all the student-athletes out there reach their dreams of attending college: the teachers. Imagine a fast-paced, half-day gathering of 1,000 teachers from across North Texas coming together to hear inspiring speakers and incredible performances who are all there for one reason: to recognize the hard work of those on the front lines of educating our kids. Think of this as the half-time celebration for teachers coming back from winter break into the second half of their year; the day will be engaging and energetic, and all about putting teachers center stage.


At its core, the Summit invites all participants to connect with the remarkable possibility and passion of teaching.


The 2015 Summit is part of College Football Playoff’s innovative Extra Yard for Teachers philanthropic initiative. While there are many causes deserving of the College Football Playoff Foundation’s support, the primary cause it supports is education, with a focus specifically on teachers. College football is the most readily visible representation of students achieving their dreams of attending college. This road to college is often attributed to the support and commitment of gifted teachers. Teachers are often underpaid and under-appreciated, resulting in them incurring substantial out-of-pocket expenses and above-average turnover rates. It’s time to go the extra yard for those who have gone the extra yard for students.


Attendance at the Summit is free for North Texas teachers. Registration is required, and opens on November 17. For those who are not able to attend in person, the conference will be live streamed for free.


Events like the Summit are only possible with the generous support of sponsors. Thank you to the College Football Playoff Foundation and the M.R. & Evelyn Hudson Foundation for being the biggest cheerleaders.



Debuting alongside the Summit, The I Teach Project is an initiative to capture the voices and stories of teachers everywhere. Teachers will have the opportunity to submit accounts of their stories of why they teach.


The Project will create a repository of stories in teachers’ own voices about their experiences teaching: the good, the bad, and the funny. The common denominator will be that all stories celebrate teachers and the hard work they do. By coming together and realizing that teachers aren’t in it alone, the hope for the project is to foster a sense of community and pride in being a teacher.


Launching in Dec. 2014, teachers anywhere are invited to submit their stories in the form of videos, written stories, audio clips, visual illustrations; anything and everything about life as a teacher. At the Summit in January, some of these stories will be highlighted in a variety of formats, including inviting a few of the teachers who have submitted stories to speak live through an online audition platform.



Have you ever thought about speaking on stage about your career as a teacher? Of sharing the success stories, the wins, the students who changed reminded you why you started teaching in the first place? This is your chance. On Nov. 3, online auditions for spots to speak at the Summit kick off. Between Nov. 3-21, you are invited to submit a 90 second video of you telling your best stories. The stories can be funny, sweet, heartwarming, learning moments, teachable moments…whatever story you have that you want to share with the audience. Following the Nov. 21 submission deadline, a selection committee will narrow submissions to the top 8-12 submissions, and those will go on the Summit and I Teach Project websites for a public vote; the submission (or two) that receives the most votes will receive an invitation to give a short talk on stage at the Extra Yard for Teachers Summit on Jan. 10.


Key Details & Dates:


Nov. 3          Online Audition Submissions Open

Nov. 17         Conference Registration Opens (tickets available on the Summit website)

Nov. 21         Deadline for Submitting Audition Videos

Dec. 1           Public Voting for Audition Videos / The I Teach Project Launch

Dec. 20         Conference Registration Closes

Jan. 10          Extra Yard for Teachers Summit



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