California Summit for Educators – Teachers Connect!

By Marilyn Huerta
July 2015

UntitledConnecting and staying connected was the theme that echoed throughout the large lecture hall when site leader, Leslie Mauerman kicked off the Better Together: California Teachers Summit the morning of July 31. The one-day summit at CSUSM, attended by approximately 250 local teachers, was part of a statewide initiative that included 33 locations across the state.

“Teachers were invited to explore a new model for professional learning and teachers were brought together to teach teachers,” said Mauerman.

It was a sumUntitled2mer-vacation day for most of the participating teachers, but that didn’t stop them from engaging in powerful conversations and being part of this groundbreaking approach to supporting education, led by the Educators, advocates, and teachers shared academic resources and strategies to support the implementation of new teaching standards. Attendees discussed the importance of collaboration and networking, and effective practices for the classroom.

“We have come together today because we believe that teachers matter, stressed CSUSM School of Education


Live-streamed keynote speakers included Actress Yvette Nicole Brown, a champion of teachers, and NASA Astronaut and STEM Educator Leland Melvin. In addition, three ED Talk speakers were hosted at each location. At CSUSM, Murdy Elementary Teacher, Cami Walker presented “Prepare, Care, Share!” Three Ways to Re-Ignite Passion. Kearny High School Teacher, Carissa Barnes presented “Equipping, Empowering and Engaging for the 21st Century” and Instrumental Music Director and Vice President of Jazz Music, Justin Padilla, followed up with a presentation titled “Inspiring Growth in Yourself and Others.”


“It’s amazing,” said Brenda Hall, director of the North County Professional Development Federation. “Hundreds of teachers are learning together and it’s phenomenal.” The power of the ED Camp model—and everyone involved—is going to make a big difference for teachers.”

The summit also offered breakout sessions on topics ranging from technology and social media, to classroom management and project-based learning. One of the beauties of the breakout sessions was that participating teachers decided which topics they would discuss. The freedom of choosing discussion topics provided an opportunity for teachers to focus on challenges they faced in today’s teaching profession.



This day was a day of networking and an opportunity for teachers to learn from teachers. As new California Standards are implemented with rapid changes, teachers need and deserve support. Attendees were connected to peers in education and they were provided academic resources and innovative tools to use in the classroom. Children matter but on this day, teachers were reminded that they matter too!

This conference was a partnership between the New Teacher Center, Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities, and the California State University system. CSUSM_CEHHS2015-18



Stoked on a Summer Internship at Hurley


By Margaret Chantung

You could say the Hurley International Icon Internship Program is competitive. Approximately 2,000 enthusiastic undergrads apply annually for only 37 coveted spots at Hurley’s Costa Mesa headquarters. This year 2015 CSUSM graduate Makenzie Stade landed one of them.

During the 10-week summer program, Makenzie is getting an insider’s view on how the company, a subsidiary of Nike, continually pushes the boundaries of surfing through apparel and gear.

Hurley interns work in departments across the organization based on their skills and interests. As an innovation and design intern, Makenzie is assigned to the team responsible for some of the most forward-thinking products in the surf industry.

“Right now I’m working on two projects – one within my department and a group project with five other interns,” Makenzie said.

The group project will culminate the internship experience, with student teams presenting to visiting Nike executives.

“It’s a very big deal,” she commented.

This is the first time that a Cal State San Marcos student has interned in the Icon program, and Makenzie is working alongside students who hail from MIT and other top research institutions.

Sean Newcomer, assistant professor of kinesiology at CSUSM, says that Makenzie’s academic training in kinesiology and her hands-on experience working on his ongoing study measuring the biomechanics and physiological benefits of surfing for amateur surfers gave her a solid foundation for success at the internationally-recognized surf brand.

In addition, Makenzie credits other previous internship experience for making her Hurley application strong, including a position at Saddleback Hospital in cardiac rehabilitation where she worked with patients at high risk for cardiovascular disease.

At the end of the summer, Makenzie, who just graduated from CSUSM with her Bachelor of Science in kinesiology, will attend Cal State Long Beach to pursue a master’s degree in exercise science.

“My time at Hurley has shown me a whole other side to exercise science,” she said. “I can definitely see a future career for myself in sports performance – everything that I’m doing here could be the basis for my thesis in grad school.

Every day I come home from Hurley and I’m stoked – it’s an amazing opportunity to be part of this team and get to apply my passion for kinesiology in new ways.”