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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.

Virginia Hansen Speaker Series & Curriculum Center

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.

Study Abroad in Spain

The Summer Study Abroad in Spain for Teachers of Spanish Program is designed for bilingual teachers, teacher candidates, and senior college students planning to enhance Spanish skills for teaching. An advanced level of Spanish is required to participate in the program. We partnered with University of Valladolid in Spain.  


Project CELEBRATE: Childhood Early Literacy for Emergent Bilinguals with Resources and Access to Technology Engagement-Service Educators and Families of English Learners provides professional development to improve the education of English Learners/Emergent Bilinguals.


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.

Math Science Teacher Initiative (MSTI)

CSU Mathematics and Science Teacher Initiative (MSTI), responds to the critical need for secondary teachers of mathematics and science by encouraging talented students and professionals to pursue teaching careers. 

Southern California Professional Development Federation (SCPDF)

The Southern California Professional Development Federation is a collaboration representing 28 districts in San Diego, Orange, and Riverside Counties, 8 Charter Schools, Palomar & MiraCosta Colleges, the School of Education at California State University San Marcos (CSUSM), and the Education Studies Departmnet at the University of California at San Diego (UCSD). 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.

Literacy and the Law

Literacy and the Law is designed to engage your K-12 students in civics, language arts, and visual and performing arts through units of study that include appealing mock trials. Our free curricula, resources, and tools will excite and involve your students — all while meeting Common Core State Standards! Units of study are provided for teachers including all materials needed to actively engage students in learning activities. Through the visual and performing arts and language arts lessons, students gain an understanding of the Rule of Law and the judicial branch of government. Each unit includes an exciting mock or moot trial, and calls on students to write arguments as jurors, judges or attorneys. Lesson plans build sequentially and include recommended literature, PowerPoints, handouts, and primary sources.