September 2020
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Spring 2021

On September 10th, CSU Chancellor Timothy P. White announced that the CSU system and all 23 campuses will continue with virtual courses for the Spring 2021 semester.
For School of Education programs that involve clinical practice and service learning, our programs will continue matching local school districts. If a district is teaching through in-person, hybrid, or online methods, students assigned to the district for clinical practice will follow that teaching method.
More information will be released as we approach the Spring 2021 semester.
Read Chancellor White's Announcement

Critical Race Theory in Education Scholars Respond to Executive Memo M-20-34

10 September 2020

"As you may be aware, the Trump administration recently administered a blistering critique of anti-racist professional development. In doing so, he referred to critical race theory - a chief area of study for me - as Un-American and essentially banned its use in professional development funded by federal dollars. I got together with a few of my colleagues this week and wrote a response. It has been signed by another 220 scholars of race in education. If you'd like to sign, you can do so here.

I've also included the names of the over 250 teachers and scholars who have signed... You can also find an online version of the statement on Medium. Also, check out this Critical Race Theory in Education Teach-In today with Gloria Ladson-Billings and a bunch of other critical race scholars. It was organized by Adrienne Dixson at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. It was broadcast and can be watched via Facebook. Here is the Zoom link to the teach-in as well. If you wait til the very end of the teach-in, you'll hear from me as well. See the statement and signers below."
- Marvin Lynn, PhD, Portland State University

Read the full response here.

We encourage you to read the response, watch the Teach-In, and consider your beliefs and role in anti-racism work.
The CSUSM School of Education is committed to social justice and equity. Our Educators for Social Justice and Equity page is a collection of information, resources, and open letters surrounding our responsibility to this end. We welcome your feedback and invite you to share resources with us that will help us and all educators  teach these difficult subjects and advocate for an improved system with grace, knowledge, and reflection.
Visit Educators for Social Justice and Equity Webpage
Submit Resources and Feedback

CSUSM Alumnus Jose Melo Named One of San Diego County's Teachers of the Year

Jose was featured in an article from The San Diego Union Tribune as he has been named one of San Diego County's Teachers of the Year. Jose teaches Dual Language Social Studies and English Language Development at Valley Center Middle School in Valley Center-Pauma Unified School District.
“San Diego County teachers have risen to the challenge and continue providing students with the academic, social, and emotional supports they need to be successful now, and in the future. They are highly skilled, passionate, and determined individuals, and we are honored to recognize and celebrate them," says San Diego County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Paul Gothol.
Congratulations, Jose! He and the 4 other Teachers of the Year will now represent San Diego county in the 2020-21 California Teacher of the Year program.
Read the full article here.

Future Educators Association

Come join Future Educators Association, a club ran by our fellow Cal State San Marcos students who want to pursue a degree in Education. Whether it is Elementary, Middle, High School, or Educational Specialist level, we are here to offer support to our peers. We help with various things from informational meetings about different grade levels, job offerings that have to do with education or children, applications to go into CSUSM teaching credentials, and many more. Community is highly important to us as well and it shows through our special get-togethers such as the Lesson Learn events where teachers from all over San Diego County come to talk and answer our questions about the real world of teaching. So if interested then come join this awesome dedicated association whose goal is to help many people become prepared credential students and teachers with our support and guidance! 
- Lina Phung
We highly recommend joining FEA if you are on the track to being a teacher. We give you the information and resources to be successful here at CSUSM and your future teaching career. FEA is amazing because its students are all on the same boat, supporting each other and wanting the absolute best for each other. We prepare you for applying for graduate school and so much more. I do not know where I would be without joining Future Educators Association.
- Caitlin Cantonwine

Meet the FEA Co-Presidents!

My name is Caitlin Cantonwine and I am a senior here at CSUSM. My major is liberal studies with a depth in psychology. My goals are to be an education specialist. I have volunteered in many classrooms and currently work as an afterschool art teacher for a non-profit organization. A little about me is that I love the outdoors, hiking, camping, and traveling, etc. All in all, I can't wait to meet the new members of FEA and make more lifelong friends.
Lina Phung is going to be a junior at Cal State San Marcos who is majoring in Liberal Studies and is in the ITEP program. Her depth of study in Reading, Language, and Literature and she hopes to get two credentials in Multiple Subjects and English after she is done. She loves to read and write and is currently apart of the Future Educator’s book club! Lina has been apart of Future Educator Association (FEA) since she was a Freshman and is happy to see how well it has continued to grow over the years. This year she is super excited to be co-president with Cait and is willing to help with any questions or needs from her fellow students. Lina hopes that this club will continue to be an exciting and supportive community for all future educators so you all will feel extra prepared and excited to go into the real world of teaching!
Future Educators Association meets Tuesday during U-Hour, 12 - 1 PM.
Meetings are online for the Fall semester.
Click the button above for more information!
Faculty, are you interested in supporting and working with FEA this semester? Click here and email David Espinoza!

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