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Outreach and Partnerships

California Mini-Corps Program

The California Mini-Corps (CMC) program at Cal State San Marcos is designed to provide direct instructional services for migrant students in grades K-12 through a cadre of trained college tutors. Cal State San Marcos is one of 22 Mini-Corps locations throughout the state and the program is sponsored by the State Department of Education Compensatory Education Migrant Section office.

Distinguished Teacher in Residence Program

The Distinguished Teacher in Residence (DTiR) program at CSUSM came about when local superintendents expressed a desire to build collaborative relationships between their school districts and the University's teacher preparation program. The goal of this program is to establish and maintain close connections between teacher education and exemplary school practices. The DTiR program has helped create important linkages between public schools in North San Diego County and CSUSM.

San Marcos Writing Project

The San Marcos Writing Project (SMWP) is one of 190 sites of the National Writing Project (17 in California), which is a professional development network of teachers whose goal is to improve student-writing achievement by improving the teaching and learning of writing in the nation’s schools.  We host Invitational and Open Institutes around relevant topics in the summer or two to three day workshops during the school year. We also host Young Writer’s Camps for two weeks in the summer at school sites around North San Diego County for students in grades two through eight.

Project ACCEPT: Aligning the Common Core for English Learners, Parents & Teachers

Project ACCEPT provides professional development to improve the education of English learners.

North County Professional Development Federation (NCPDF)

North County Professional Development Federation (NCPDF) is a collaboration representing the San Diego County Office of Education, the School of Education at CSU San Marcos, and 25 Northern San Diego County and Southern Riverside County member districts. Resources are shared among the collaborative partners and cost effective professional development is specifically designed to address the needs of member districts (K-12). Workshops are open to all educators countywide.


Project SUPPORT is a federal grant aimed at increasing the number of Latinx teachers in our Educator Preparation Pathways at CSUSM, thereby eventually increasing the number of Latinx teachers in public K-12 schools in North San Diego County.

Virginia Hansen Curriculum Center & Symposium

The Hansen Endowment was established in 1998 by Mr. Victor Hansen in honor of his wife, Virginia. Virginia was first and foremost a teacher of children through and through.  Annually the School of Education hosts the Virginia Hansen Symposium, during which nationally acclaimed speakers, as well as local exemplary teachers and administrators, have provided on-going food for thought to current and future teachers. In this way, Mr. Hansen has assured that Virginia’s legacy lives on in the hearts and minds of teachers.