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Educational reform in urban schools is widely recognized as an issue of national importance. As a catalyst for change in middle and high schools, X-PREP, an experimental teacher educational program, seeks to supplement the training provided to student teachers.

Research indicates that while student teachers learn about research-based teaching practices and innovative technology, once they complete their credential, they are often unable to translate this knowledge into practice. New teachers identify student teaching, where they apprentice in a master teacher’s classroom, as one of the most valuable components of teacher preparation. The supervision included in this process presents an opportunity to leverage emergent technology, develop skills and enhance teacher preparation. X-PREP will focus on ways student teachers should be instructing their own students, with pervasive and targeted supervision, dynamic practices and technology and an emphasis on real problems.

Technology will provide support and expertise to credential candidates, such as e-coaching, and additional training opportunities through an on-line connection. With support from The PLF, X-PREP will introduce an e-coaching/e-supervision component to increase the frequency of contact and collaborative opportunities between supervisors and their student teachers.
  Psychology of Mathematics Education Conference in Mexico
The Psychology of Mathematics Education Conference is an important venue to disseminate mathematics education research and is attended by national and international researchers. Four research proposals produced by SDSU graduate students were accepted for presentation at this year’s conference, making our university highly visible, and as a result, increasing the leadership capacity and prestige of SDSU.

  American Educational Research Journal
This AER Journal is a prestigious and prominent international professional organization whose primary goal is to advance educational research and its practical application. Funds from The PLF will support professors Margaret Gallego’s (SDSU) and Sandra Hollingsworth’s (SJSU) efforts as co-lead editors of the Social and Institutional Analysis section of the AER Journal for a three-year term.

  MBA Museum Studies
With the support of The PLF, the College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts has retained the business consulting services of the Aztec Business Alliance. These MBA students conducted a comprehensive study of the feasibility of offering a Museum Studies program at SDSU. The study includes analyzing such programs at other universities similar to SDSU, as well as determining the administrative and financial structure of those programs. In addition, it studies collaborations between other universities and the museums in their areas.

The investigation confirmed the merit of developing a Museum Studies program at SDSU and suggested some parameters for the structuring of the proposed degree. In the long term, the Museum Studies program is an important addition for SDSU. Further, it will also strengthen relationships between SDSU and museums in the San Diego region.
  WPA Murals
The SDSU WPA Mural Restoration Project supports the removal and restoration of murals from Hardy Memorial Tower in order to permanently display them in the library. These rare works of art were commissioned by the Works Progress Administration from SDSU art students in the 1930s. They were thought to have been destroyed in the 50s, but were recently rediscovered.

The SDSU WPA Mural Restoration Project celebrates the role of San Diego State University in the local community by uniting local art, history and archaeology. With The PLF’s support, this project provides both educational opportunities for students and a lasting legacy of the university’s identity—one that is entwined with its community.
  Collections Management
The Collections Management Program’s mission is to promote binational partnerships and academic opportunities through the establishment of a small community museum in the Tecate, Baja California area. This will be done in collaboration with the local Kumiai Indian residents, SDSU students and faculty, regional non-governmental and governmental organizations and other interested individuals. The museum will preserve Kumiai culture and share this rich heritage with the public on both sides of the border. The PLF’s support will help increase cross-border collaborations on research and cultural activities as well as strengthen the university’s relationships with both the Kuymeyaay and the Kumiai American Indian tribes.
  Center for Ethics in Science & Technology
The Center for Ethics in Science and Technology was founded in 2003 as a resource for integrating ethical considerations into the conduct of science in the region and beyond. The center has sponsored public discussions of ethical issues, focused at first on stem cells, neuroscientific considerations and surveillance capabilities of government agencies. There has also been a two-day workshop to which national leaders on ethical issues contributed, and whose outcomes were published in a dedicated volume of Stem Cell Reviews. In only three years, the center has become a recognized leader in ethical considerations in science, particularly in the state that is leading the nation’s stem cell research initiative.

The PLF helped to fund SDSU’s involvement in this center, a partnership that also includes the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) and the University of San Diego (USD). PLF funds are being used to provide small seed grants of $2,000 each designed to encourage faculty and researchers to develop collaborative grant proposals through the center and SDSU
  Hoover High Women’s Studies
With The PLF’s support, this project enhances the ongoing collaborative relationship between the Young Women’s Studies Club at Hoover High and a year-long undergraduate class in Women’s Studies at SDSU. Each year, SDSU students will be chosen for community-based service learning with the Young Women’s Studies Club. The SDSU students will lead and guide weekly activities such as discussions on professors' presentations, workshops on how to apply to college, creative exercises that highlight artistic expressions of multiculturalism and gender awareness and the exploration of representations of gender and race in the media.
  KPBS – One Book, One San Diego
Recently, KPBS launched One Book, One San Diego, designed to educate and enlighten the public on topics and themes of concern to our community while promoting reading as a source of pleasure and enrichment. Through KPBS radio, web, television and outreach, One Book, One San Diego will provide comprehensive programming, interactive content, workshops, lectures and opportunities to join discussion groups. The PLF funds will help fund year two of this three year initiative, allowing KPBS to specifically focus on the SDSU community.
  Sharp Nursing Scholarships
With The PLF’s support, five students from the School of Nursing will receive scholarships that reward their academic achievement. The scholarship recipients will be announced at the dedication ceremony of the Human Patient Simulation Center in September 2007.
Alternative Spring Break - South Africa
In spring 2006, SDSU and Crawford High's School of Law and Business' students chose to spend a week in South Africa over spring break funded, in part, by The PLF. During their “vacation,” they assisted 1,000 orphans of the Ithuteng Trust, all of whom were victims of abuse, and some whose lives have been disrupted by AIDS. The objective of the donation-funded center is to help its youth obtain a high school education. “Alternative Spring Break” provides students with a unique opportunity to learn about African culture and apartheid. South Africa serves as a living laboratory for examining race relations; students can observe the impact race policies have on South Africans, and they begin to understand that we all bear some responsibility in creating a world free of racial, sexual and religious intolerance.
  Camp Able
Coronado-based Camp Able was developed in 1980 by SDSU faculty in the Department of Recreation, Parks and Tourism to provide challenging recreational and educational activities for disabled children. A water front camp that operates for 10 weeks each summer, Camp Able offers an untraditional mix of aquatic-oriented activities including sailing and swimming with typical camp activities such as crafts and singing around a campfire. In its 25 years of service, Camp Able has provided more than 8,500 disabled children from 25 agencies nation-wide with day camp and waterfront activities at Silver Strand State Beach. The PLF provided on-going programmatic support to ensure the Camp's continued operation.
SDSU Prison Tour
With assistance from The PLF, SDSU's 23rd annual Prison Tour provided 24 criminal justice majors with a unique opportunity to visit several state prisons. Students came face-to-face with inmates and prison staff in cell blocks and exercise yards, documenting their interaction along the way. Each learned life-altering lessons in tolerance and humanity which will prove invaluable in their careers. Conducted in partnership with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (the world's largest law enforcement agency), SDSU's Prison Tour is the first of its kind in the world for college students.
  Mixtec Outreach
SDSU's Center of Latin American Studies is an internationally renowned resource (the only one in the U.S.) for learning about the Mixtec people and their language. (Mixtecs are a Native American people centered in the Mexican state of Oaxaca.) In collaboration with other organizations, PLF funding provided services for San Diego 's Mixtec community including developing a Saturday-school program that offers a series of workshops on language and culture.
  Step Up
Step Up, a City Heights-based program operated out of the Consensus Organizing Center, funded, in part, by The PLF, the program is designed to address the disparity between the number of students from low income neighborhoods who qualify for higher education, but fail to enroll in college.
Eleventh grade students from San Diego's inner city schools complete “Introduction to Social Work,” an undergraduate course at SDSU that addresses community problems from a social and political context, as well as 40 hours to community service work in their neighborhood. Upon finishing these two components of the Step Up program, these students receive assistance in the college application process, in areas ranging from essay writing to completing financial aid documents.

MLK Day Parade
In early 2006, SDSU participated in the 25th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Parade. Over 200 students, staff, faculty, alumni and administrators participated in the festivities with student participation at an all-time high. The SDSU delegation wore distinctive SDSU-branded Martin Luther King Jr. t-shirts, provided by The PLF.
Tijuana Internship
The Center for Latin American Studies' Tijuana Internship program offers a unique learning experience that exemplifies SDSU's internationalization and community outreach goals. Made possible by a cross-border partnership with Desarollo Integral de la Familia, a government agency providing social services to Mexican citizens. Funding from The PLF allows the development and resource management necessary to expand the pilot internship collaboration. The goal is to reach 25 to 50 student volunteers per semester (from six), giving them opportunities for students to fulfill their internship requirements for degree programs in Chicano studies, Spanish, public health and social work, among others.


IVC Theater of the World
The Imperial Valley Campus children's theatre production of “Lucha La Libre” was produced in conjunction with the College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts. With the goal of enriching campus life engaging the community this performance assisted the Imperial Valley Campus's goal of being a cultural force in Calexico.
World History for Us All (WHFUA)
Last fall, The President's Leadership Fund announced that it allocated funding to World History For Us All, a strategic initiative that aims to improve and advance international history education in California and throughout the nation. The project, which will develop a comprehensive model curriculum for world history education in middle and high schools in the U.S., is being led by our College of Arts and Letters' History Department at SDSU, in cooperation with the National Center for History in the Schools at UCLA.  Support from The President's Leadership Fund will be used to create a website for WHFUA that will provide the impetus to launch, as well as test, the program over time.

Center for Optimal Health and Performance (COHP)
SDSU's Center for Optimal Health and Performance is an updated version of the SDSU Adult Fitness Program, which was founded in 1958. The Adult Fitness Program has been re-envisioned into a Center which will focus on optimizing healthy lifestyles for physical activity and nutrition. Support from The President's Leadership Fund will be used to raise awareness about COHP in our community and generate additional clientele. Among its many benefits, this important program provides a training ground for graduate students working towards advanced degrees and serves as the only program in the community to offer a comprehensive array of support and services to encourage healthy lifestyles. In its expanded format, the COHP will position SDSU at the forefront of exercise and nutrition education.

The Associated Students' Good Neighbor Program at SDSU
With support from The President's Leadership Fund, the Good Neighbor Program launched last fall with the purpose of increasing SDSU students' awareness of the vital relationship between student behavior and the quality of life on campus as well as its surrounding neighborhoods. The Good Neighbor Program will be a visible means for effectively addressing ongoing issues of noise and partying with the College Area community and for educating students about appropriate behavior and the importance of positive community relations. Long-term, the Good Neighbor Program will help contribute to our community relations and outreach efforts while facilitating communication about, and an understanding of, larger campus issues, such as the SDSU Master Plan.

Project ASTRO
Project ASTRO is a nationally recognized program to improve science education in grades four through nine, by training and forming partnerships between astronomers and educators in their communities. Funding from The PLF will enable Project ASTRO San Diego to hire a dedicated coordinator to manage these existing partnerships and offer expanded services to reach more students and teachers (with a goal of 30 educators and 1,000 students). As the only CSU campus with a Department of Astronomy, Project ASTRO not only provides SDSU with a unique opportunity to engage in community outreach, but it also offers research and volunteer opportunities for our faculty and students.

American Indian Counselors Association
Funds supported the UC American Indian Counselors/Recruiters Association (UCAICRA) Tribal Community Liaison. The tribal community liaison position will be able to make significant progress in facilitating American Indian access to higher education.

The SDSU Honors Program
Recognizing the importance of celebrating the best and brightest at SDSU, The President's Leadership Fund pledged $250,000 to the University Honors Program, payable over the next five years. Funds will support a variety of scholarship options including international study, research opportunities, travel to academic conferences and creative activities.


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