Communicative Disorders & Sciences Department Awarded $333k Grant

Congratulations to our Department of Communicative Disorders and Sciences, who earned a $333,000 grant from the CSU Chancellor’s Office earlier this year!  This grant couldn’t have come at a better time as there are so many priorities that have arisen in recent months in response to shortages of speech-language pathologists and audiologists, the impact of COVID-19, and ongoing acts of racial injustice.  We spoke with Department Chair Nidhi Mahendra to learn more about the grant and the impact it will have on the Communicative Disorders & Sciences program and beyond – listen to or read through the interview with Dr. Mahendra below.

SJSU Lurie College of Education Department of Communicative Disorders and Sciences CSU Grant

“COVID has really upended the way we trained and did clinical practica for our students in the graduate and undergraduate programs, and having this pot of money has allowed us to very quickly move to spending on student memberships in a simulation platform and look at how we might use this as a resource to look at online platforms for clinical observation and telepractice resources.”

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Lurie College Faculty Receives SRCD Grant

SJSU Lurie College of Education Child and Adolescent Development Department Faculty Robert Marx

Congratulations to Child & Adolescent Development faculty Robert Marx, who recently received a Society for Research in Child Development Grant for his proposal “The Trans Resilience Project: Understanding Trans Youth Resilience in Communities of Color”

The Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) recognizes the importance of capacity building for early career scholars seeking to establish their research programs, especially considering the limited funding available for conducting exploratory work and particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Small Grants Program for Early Career Scholars addresses this need within developmental science by supporting pilot or small-scale research projects proposed by members who completed their doctoral degree within the last five years.

Research Feature | Kim Tsai and the Lurie College “TsaiKicks”

SJSU Lurie College of Education Child and Adolescent Development Faculty Kim Tsai Research Team

An overwhelming majority of adolescents in the U.S. receive insufficient sleep which has significant repercussions on their cognitive functioning, psychological well-being and physical health.  Relative to the increasing knowledge on the importance of sleep for healthy development, less is understood about contextual factors that promote optimal sleep.  As such, the overarching goal of this study was to investigate how family dynamics affect adolescent sleep.  Restful sleep is facilitated by perceptions of physical and emotional security and given that the family is a primary context in which important feelings of emotional safety are nurtured, it is critical to better understand how features of the family context shape adolescent sleep.

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Apply to Co-Host Emancipatory Education Now

Emancipatory Education Now is a new student-led initiative at the SJSU Lurie College of Education that examines what emancipatory education looks like in today’s society and advocates for the expansion of emancipatory education research, policies, and practices!

Student co-hosts from across Lurie College’s academic programs will meet regularly throughout the fall semester to engage in dialogue about critical topics in education and share those thoughts out with the Lurie College, SJSU, and local community.  Co-hosts will be compensated hourly for their participation and receive a high-quality USB microphone.

All current SJSU Lurie College of Education students are eligible to apply to become a co-host by Saturday, August 22, by completing this Google form.

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Get connected to helpful online resources as we prepare for the beginning of the Fall 2020 semester!  Here are some initial Lurie College of Education and SJSU resources:

Lurie College K-12 Online Teaching Academy Featured on ABC7 News

The SJSU Lurie College of Education established our free K-12 Online Teaching Academy during the 2020 summer to support pre-service teacher candidates and current teachers to strengthen their online teaching skills and adapt to our current circumstances.  Each of the 23 webinars in the academy features a 1-1.5 hour presentation and conversation on a different topic with a current educator along with links to their slides and additional resources, and ABC7 News recently featured the academy for its impact and value.  Read the ABC7 News story at and watch any of our webinars at

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Lurie College Hardship Fund Requests

As the fall payment deadline approaches, remember that Lurie College has a limited amount of grant funds available to support its students who have experienced an unforeseen financial hardship that will prevent them from continuing their enrollment at Lurie College and SJSU. Awards are processed fall and spring semesters only, but advisors are available year-round. If you are a currently-enrolled Lurie College undergraduate, graduate, credential, or doctoral student who has experienced this type of hardship, please complete this brief Google form so that a Lurie College advisor can contact you.

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Spring 2020 Lurie College Alumni Launch The Book Boat Podcast

Shoutout to SJSU Lurie College of Education alumni, Alejandra Valencia (MA/Multiple Subject Credential Progam) and Jocelyn Rodriguez (MA/Multiple Subject Credential Program), who recently took their love for books, literacy, education, and social justice, and turned it into their podcast, The Book Boat!  Watch their first episode, Our Beginning, below and get connected to future episodes and content on YouTube, Anchor, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or Instagram.

Lurie College Faculty Receive Award to Establish Regional Research Hub

SJSU Lurie College of Education Faculty Brent Duckor and Lorri Capizzi

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From the SJSU Center for Collaborative Research Excellence in Education (CCREE)

San Jose State University selected as CSU Regional Hub for Northern California to support the educational needs of Youth in Foster Care (FY) and Youth Experiencing Homelessness (HY) in California.

Faculty from the Connie L. Lurie College of Education at San Jose State University have launched a major research and training initiative to address the educational needs of California’s Youth in Foster Care (FY) and Youth Experiencing Homelessness (HY) with the Center for Collaborative Research Excellence in Education (CCREE).  

Funded by an initial $300,000 sub-award from Center for Closing the Achievement Gaps, a project sponsored by the CSU Chancellor’s Office and administered by CSU Long Beach, CCREE will be the CSU Regional Hub for Northern California. 

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SJSU Faculty Members Receive $1.69M NSF Grant Award

Congratulations to Lurie College Department of Teacher Education faculty Tammie Visintainer and Associate Dean Marcos Pizarro, who are part of a team of faculty across SJSU who secured a $1.69 million dollar grant from the National Science Foundation for their proposal “Transforming Undergraduate Teaching and Learning Through Culturally Sustaining, Active and Asset-Based Approaches to Introductory Science Courses,” which aims to increase diversity, inclusion and retention in STEM!  Read the full story on the SJSU Newsroom website at

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Lurie College Dean Discusses Digital Divide in Education with NBC Bay Area

The transition to a remote teaching, learning, and working environment during the COVID-19 pandemic has shined a spotlight on the ongoing inequities in education when it comes to students having access to equitable learning opportunities and the resources required to support those learning opportunities.  NBC Bay Area recently interviewed Lurie College Dean Heather Lattimer to gather her insights on this – watch the video of the story below and read the full story at on the NBC Bay Area website.

Welcome New Lurie College Faculty Member Francesca Teixeira!

Lurie College is excited to welcome its newest staff member in the Student Success Center, Francesca Teixeira, to join our community beginning in the Fall 2020 semester!

SJSU Lurie College of Education Student Success Center Staff Francesca Teixeira

Hello everyone! My name is Francesca Teixeira and I am the new Student Retention and Graduation Specialist for the Lurie College of Education! I am very excited to be joining the college and subsequently working with its staff and students! Originally born in the Bay Area and raised on the East Coast, I bring a wide array of personal life and professional experiences to my work! My educational background includes attending Solano Community College (Fairfield, CA) where I received 2 AAs in Psychology and Liberal Studies. I then transferred to San Francisco State (SFSU) where I obtained a BA in Psychology with a minor in Sexuality Studies. After taking a few years off I returned to San Francisco State to pursue my Masters in Counseling with specializations in College and Career Counseling. After graduating in 2016, I continued working at SF State as an academic advisor for a grant-funded educational program specializing in degree attainment for Early Childhood educators. In addition to advising I taught part-time in the Masters of Counseling department teaching graduate level Counseling courses. My heart has always been and will be in student success! I look forward to being a part of SJSU and the Lurie College family. Regardless if you’re a faculty, staff, and/or student, my role is to continually support you!

Lurie College Learning Showcase | Briettny Curtner

During the Spring 2020 transition to remote teaching and learning, we asked a handful of our Lurie College students to share their insights on learning as they relate to our priority areas – community-engaged, culturally sustaining, interdisciplinary, and holistic. Learn more about Briettny Curtner, an SJSU alumni, current graduate student, and the Project Coordinator for the Faces of Learning project. In this video, Briettny highlights some culturally sustaining initiatives and support services in the Lurie College of Education.

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Lurie College Faculty Featured on KPIX with Back to School Insights

With the vast majority of K-12 schools beginning the upcoming academic school year in a remote teaching and learning environment, KPIX reached out to Child & Adolescent Development Chair Emily Slusser for some expert insights on how parents can best support their children with the adjustment.  Watch the interviews below and read the full stories at

Lurie College Alumni Becomes Principal of Allen Elementary School

SJSU Lurie College of Education Alumni Laura McNabb Whitman

Laura McNabb Whitman comes to the District from the San Carlos School District where she serves as the Director of Learning Services and Assistant School Director at the San Carlos Charter Learning Center. She is recognized as having collaboratively founded new programming to broaden offerings to meet more learner’s needs in addition to reorganizing and expanding the Special Education Department. In this position, she is regarded as a visionary leader whose implementation of various programs and flexibility in addressing challenges and change will support teachers, students and parents at Allen.  An educator for twelve years, Ms. McNabb, has been an Assistant Principal and taught both in self-contained and subject matter specific second and third grade classrooms. Throughout her career, she has been a recognized teacher of teachers attributed to her skill in developing curriculum, advocating for equity and motivating sound instructional practices.  She holds an M.A. degree in Curriculum and Instruction and a B.A. in Children’s Educational Entertainment. “I am delighted to come to Allen Elementary School at such a transformative time in the school’s history. The mission and vision of the District as well as the cultural diversity resonate deeply with my values as an educator. The opportunity to be engaged with the planning for a new school in design and delivery of a responsive curriculum is very exciting”, commented Ms. McNabb. She has three young sons and balances precious family time with work and her interest in reading, cooking, travel and valued interaction with friends.

Join us for the Lurie College Summer Film Series

This summer, Lurie College is hosting a Summer Film Series to bring together students, alumni, faculty, and staff to discuss films around identity.  To receive the link to any of the discussions below, register via this Google form.

Upcoming film discussions

  • Thu., Aug. 13, 4pm | Voting Matters | A woman in the U.S. works tirelessly to ensure that people of color are granted their right to vote
    • Co-hosted by the Student Success Center and Dean’s Office
    • Login to with your SJSU credentials to watch the film prior to the discussion
    • Join @sjsulurie and @luriesuccess on Instagram Live for a conversation on Mon. Aug. 10, at 4pm to learn more

SJSU Lurie College of Education Summer Film Series - Voting Matters 

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Upcoming Counselor Education Department Info Session

The Lurie College Department of Counselor Education is a professional community of faculty, students, and staff engaged in supportive partnerships to serve culturally diverse students at all levels of education and their communities. We prepare guidance and counseling professionals who will enhance quality and excellence for all students within an increasingly diverse, technologically complex, and global community.  Learn more about our MA in Counseling and Guidance program and how to apply at our upcoming info session on Wednesday, August 12, at 5pm via Zoom by registering through this Google form.

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New Lurie College Course: Social Media & Social Issues

SJSU Lurie College of Education faculty Ellen Middaugh and Mark Felton have organized a new experimental undergraduate course – “Social Media & Social Issues” – at SJSU for the Fall 2020 semester!  The course will take place on Wednesdays from 10:30am-11:45am, is open to undergraduates of all majors, and will explore the impact that social media is having on the next generation of voters, activists, and politicians.

SJSU Lurie College of Education Child and Adolescent Development Department CHAD 196 Social Media and Social Issues

Lurie College Faculty Edits Issue of Topics in Language Disorders

Congratulations to Department of Communicative Disorders and Sciences chair, Nidhi Mahendra, who served as the issue editor of the recently published “Palliative Care and Speech-Language Pathologists: From Training to Practice.” Lurie College student Ashlyn Tadokoro also contributed to the issue. Check it out at

SJSU Lurie College of Education Communicative Disorders and Sciences Department Faculty Nidhi Mahendra

Welcome New Lurie College Faculty Member Megan Cuellar!

Lurie College is excited to welcome its newest faculty member in the Department of Communicative Disorders and Sciences, Dr. Megan Cuellar, to join our community beginning in the Fall 2020 semester!

SJSU Lurie College of Education Communicative Disorders and Sciences Faculty Megan Cuellar

Megan Cuellar is excited to join the faculty in the Communicative Disorders and Sciences department at SJSU in the fall of 2020 as an Assistant Professor.  Megan is currently an Associate Professor in the Speech-Language Pathology Program at Midwestern University in Downers Grove, IL where she serves as an instructor in neuroanatomy and neurophysiology for the osteopathic medicine students, dental students, and physician assistant students.  She also researches and teaches coursework in neurological communication disorders with a specific interest in swallowing disorders and motor speech disorders.  Megan’s research aims to use whole EEG neuroimaging techniques to explore the effects of stimulating mirror neurons in order to enhance swallowing and motor speech communication abilities in clinical populations.  She also uses EEG to explore the functional neurophysiology of verb naming abilities in individuals with Aphasia.

Lurie College Alumni Named Watsonville High School Principal

Congratulations to Department of Educational Leadership alumni Maria Clara Fernandez, who was recently named principal of Watsonville High School!  We’re excited for Maria to take on a leadership role in the Pajaro Valley Unified School District during this pivotal moment in our society.  Read the full announcement at


Research Spotlight | Social Media and Social Issues

SJSU Lurie College of Education Research Feature Ellen Middaugh, Mark Felton, Henry Fan

Participation in public discourse is critical to the democratic process. It allows us to connect and collaborate with people who agree with our political opinions and it allows us to understand, negotiate or compete with those who disagree with us.  As public discourse moves online to social media, we must understand how this shift changes public discourse and what knowledge and skills are needed for youth to participate as informed, ethical and empowered digital citizens in these settings.

Thanks to the support of the Lurie College Faculty-led Student RSCA award, a research team composed of Dr. Ellen Middaugh (Department of Child and Adolescent Development) and Dr. Mark Felton (Teacher Education) hired SJSU student and Lurie College Ambassador Henry Fan as a lead research assistant for this work.  During the first phase of the project, they worked with Mr. Fan to develop a coding system and sampling strategy for data analysis.  The research team has had a presentation accepted for the annual conference of the Association of Internet Researchers (Middaugh, Felton & Fan, 2020).  They have now begun phase 2, where Mr. Fan has helped train a team of three volunteer research assistants in our coding system.  Mr. Fan also took the lead in scheduling and conducting in-depth interviews with social media participants.

The research team is currently exploring how the source and dialogic purposes of posts impact the amount, type and quality of responses on two topics of public interest (COVID-19 and DACA).  They hope to disseminate their findings via publication during Summer 2020, and also use them to inform an experimental course entitled, Social Media & Social Issues (ChAD 196), to be offered during the Fall 2020 presidential election season.

Student Spotlight | Clarissa Johnston

Learn about Clarissa Johnston, recent alumni of the moderate-severe credential program in the Department of Special Education at the SJSU Lurie College of Education. Clarissa was also recognized as the Teacher of the Year of her school, Ryan STEAM Academy, and her school district, Alum Rock Union School District, for the 2019-2020 academic year!

Connect with Lurie College at to receive more news about academic and student life. Video and audio recorded by Brian Cheung Dooley. “Storybook” provided royalty-free by Scott Holmes.

Lurie College Learning Showcase | Alexandra Murueta

During the Spring 2020 transition to remote teaching and learning, we asked a handful of our Lurie College students to share their insights on learning as they relate to our priority areas – community-engaged, culturally sustaining, interdisciplinary, and holistic.  Learn more about Alexandra Murueta, a transfer student and student leader who recently received her bachelor’s degree. In this video, Ali highlights the holistic support services and experiences in the Lurie College of Education.

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Lurie College Dean Heather Lattimer Selected as Speaker for Education Summit

Shoutout to Lurie College Dean Heather Lattimer, who has been asked to serve as a speaker at the upcoming annual Silicon Valley Leadership Group Education Summit on Fri., Aug. 14!

Framed by COVID-19 and tensions in the wake of George Floyd, with legislators, school administrators, teachers and parents operating – literally – in separate spaces, this year’s convening has become a crucial information-sharing forum.

Interact with key local, state and national decision makers in brief, timely panels, active Q&A, and topic-based networking rooms. Get the latest updates on school reopening straight from school leads. Discover how top CLOs are reimagining Learning and Development to drive equity and fuel corporate success.

Learn more about the summit and register ($50-$110) at

SJSU Lurie College of Education Dean Heather Lattimer