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CSUSM Celebrates 20 Years of Regional Education Partnerships

Twenty years ago the School of Education at California State University San Marcos (CSUSM) formed a unique partnership with the San Diego County Office of Education (SDCOE) and north San Diego County school districts called The North County Professional Development Federation (NCPDF). In honor of this milestone, the University is hosting a 20th anniversary celebration this afternoon from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at The McMahan House on campus.The mission of NCPDF is to meet California educational standards by satisfying the needs of all students and staff in the areas of curriculum, instruction, assessment and leadership. By maximizing and focusing the resources of participating partners for professional development, NCPDF provides networking, workshops, grant opportunities assessments and professional development opportunities.“This collaborative group has grown and expanded through the years and continues to work together to make sure that students in the region have a better, more productive experience in school and are better prepared to attend college,” said Dr. Katherine Hayden, interim director of the School of Education.“NCPDF also helps to ensure that the University is able to inform the work of its teacher pre-service program and has become a great resource as we have become one of the premier colleges for teacher preparation in the region.”The celebration program will include remarks from CSUSM President Karen Haynes; SDCOE Assistant Superintendent of Learning and Leadership Debbie Beldock; former school district Superintendent, County Superintendent and CSUSM Instructor Harry Weinberg; and former Dean of the College Education at CSUSM Steve Lilly.What: The North County Professional Development Federation 20th Anniversary CelebrationWhen: Tuesday, Oct. 23 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Where: The McMahan House at California State University San Marcos, 333 S. Twin Oaks Valley Rd., San MarcosWhy: To celebrate the formation of a unique, collaborative partnership between CSUSM, the San Diego County Office of Education (SDCOE) and north San Diego County school districtsAbout California State University San MarcosCalifornia State University San Marcos combines the ambiance of a mid-sized, personal, modern campus with the unequaled value of the California State University. Since its founding in 1989, the campus has distinguished itself. Students benefit from the latest facilities and equipment, a superb faculty that enjoys teaching, and a rigorous academic program that prepares students for a successful life in and out of the workplace. A recent survey reported that our annual spending in the region was $161 million, generating a total impact of $307 million on the regional economy. Eighty-five percent of CSUSM’s alumni stay in the region. CSU San Marcos is located on a 304-acre hillside overlooking the city of San Marcos. It is fifteen miles east of the ocean; just thirty miles north of downtown San Diego.