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SCPDF was begun in 1992 as a partnership of the College of Education at California State University San Marcos, the San Diego County Office of Education and five North County school districts. A dues structure was established to provide basic operating support, so that pursuit of grants could be for the purpose of providing programs, not core support. The Steering Committee was established to guide the planning efforts for the Federation, and from the beginning a strong focus of all our collaborative work was cross-district cooperation and meaningful university involvement in on-going professional development. The success of the organization is evident in its continued growth and viability, as a mechanism for supporting our schools in meeting the learning needs of all students.

Alice Quiocho, the first SCPDF Director, Steve Lilly, the Dean of the College of Education at CSUSM, and Carol Pugmire, the Assistant Superintendent LRET at SDCOE formed the first NCPDF Executive Committee. (Contributed by Steve Lilly, Dean Emeritus CSUSM).

SCPDF’s goal is to maximize and share resources to improve curriculum and instruction through professional development using a process of collaborative articulation, assessment and evaluation.