Virginia Hansen Speaker Series hosted by the School of Education at Double Peak School

Photos by Marilyn Huerta

IMG_1001On April 25, 2019, teacher candidates participated in a morning of professional development at Double Peak School in San Marcos.

IMG_0983Teach Candidates from the Multiple-Subject, Middle-Level, and Single-Subject credential programs were welcomed by Principal Steve Baum, Ms. Christine Dixon (Teacher on Special Assignment), and the staff and students to learn about innovative programming, teaching and learning as part of the Spring 2019 Virginia Hansen Speaker Series.

IMG_0919.jpgleft to right:  Ms. Christine Dixon, Dr. Christiane Wood and Principal Steve Baum

The morning began with an overview of Double Peak School led by Mr. Baum and Ms. Dixon followed by student leaders speaking about their school and sharing their learning experiences. Students led teacher candidates on classroom tours showcasing first-hand how teachers and students in K-8th grade engage in innovative 21st century education.  Teacher candidates viewed and participated in demonstrations on student learning in the makerspace, innovation lab, and classroom environments.

Teacher Candidates observed students “making” with cardboard and tools in the makerspace, coding virtual and augmented reality in the innovation lab, and how students engage in the design thinking process embedded in literacy, math, science, and social studies curricula in classrooms. The teacher candidates also learned about Double Peak School’s philosophy and mission that is supported by Franklin Covey’s framework to develop life ready leaders through The Leader in Me program.


IMG_1066It was an amazing morning for teachers and students to engage and experience first-hand innovative educational practices.

This event was organized by Professor Christiane Wood and Leslie Mauerman from the School of Education at Cal State San Marcos and sponsored by the Virginia Hansen Endowment Fund.



Media Contact:
Marilyn Huerta
Public Affairs Communication Specialist II
College of Education, Health & Human Services (CEHHS)


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