College Football Playoff Foundation and Bay Area Host Committee Support Teacher Professional Development Initiative

IRVING, Texas – The College Football Playoff (CFP) Foundation and the Bay Area Host Committee, in conjunction with 49ers EDU, have announced their support for a season-long professional development initiative for Bay Area educators. This effort is based around STEAM integration – an educational approach to learning that uses Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics as access points for guiding student inquiry, dialogue and critical thinking.

Hosted by 49ers EDU, which uses football as a platform to inspire STEAM literacy, the first session will be Friday, May 18, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. PT. 49ers EDU will use its staff and curriculum, as well as the technology in the Denise DeBartolo York Education Center, to kick-off the year-round professional development series. This initiative serves as part of the CFP Foundation’s Extra Yard for Teachers community efforts across the Bay Area in the lead up to the 2019 CFP National Championship on Monday, January 7, at Levi’s Stadium. In addition to a few surprises for participating teachers, the free sessions will build upon educator experiences and focus on STEAM integration, emphasizing the opportunity of merging multiple subjects within a classroom setting. More than 25 educators are expected to attend.

“We are excited to partner with the Bay Area Host Committee through the Extra Yard for Teachers platform to expose teachers in the area to this valuable resource,” said Britton Banowsky, CFP Foundation Executive Director. “These sessions will be comprehensive and are designed to help teachers learn impactful lessons that they can take with them and utilize in their classrooms. We are thankful to our friends at 49ers EDU in helping make these sessions happen.”

“We are thrilled to team up with Extra Yard for Teachers and the College Football Playoff Foundation to bring additional and immersive professional development opportunities to Bay Area educators in the lead up to the big game on January 7th,” said Jesse Lovejoy, Bay Area Host Committee Education Director and Director of 49ers EDU. “Extra Yard for Teachers has been an instrumental program in reaching educators in previous College Football Playoff National Championship host sites, and we’re eager to roll up our sleeves alongside the CFP Foundation and impact those in the community who deserve our support.”

Additional professional development sessions will take place during the rest of the year; future dates will be announced soon. Advance registration is required.




About the College Football Playoff Foundation and Extra Yard for Teachers
The College Football Playoff (CFP) Foundation is the charitable arm of the College Football Playoff, supporting education across the country. The CFP Foundation’s primary platform, Extra Yard for Teachers, elevates the teaching profession by inspiring and empowering teachers through the implementation of programs in four focus areas: resources, recognition, recruitment and professional development. The CFP Foundation utilizes multiple partnerships to execute its initiatives and support positive educational outcomes.

About the Bay Area Host Committee
The 2019 College Football Playoff National Championship Bay Area Host Committee will work with the CFP to promote, organize and execute the 2019 National Championship and its related events at the highest level. The Bay Area Host Committee is committed to forming a seamless partnership with the CFP and all of its stakeholders. Taking advantage of the technology-rich resources of the Silicon Valley region and the invigorating culture of Northern California, the Bay Area Host Committee will deliver an outstanding Championship experience for the student-athletes, participating institutions, media and fans. Learn more at

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