Lurie College Scholarships, Tea with the Dean, and More!

Watch this one-minute video to listen to a few announcements for Lurie College students from Dean Heather Lattimer, and Krista Stirling, Academic Advisor at the Lurie College Student Success Center, and read the information below to learn more!

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Lurie College is Now on LinkedIn

Lurie College now has a LinkedIn page – find the link to that account and our other online accounts through the Lurie College Linktree! Here are 3 simple ways you can utilize the LinkedIn page:

– Follow the page for updates from Lurie College
– Update your education or work history on LinkedIn to ‘SJSU Lurie College of Education’ if you’ve been affiliated with the college as a student, alumni, faculty, or staff member
– Mention @SJSU Lurie College of Education when sharing relevant professional news on LinkedIn so we can share in your excitement

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Lurie College Faculty Partner with Children’s Discovery Museum

To kickoff the year, Lurie College Special Education faculty members Lisa Simpson and Matthew Love partnered with the Children’s Discovery Museum to facilitate a workshop to help museum staff better engage all patrons in their exhibits and activities.  After touring the museum and talking with staff members, Lisa and Matt shared some of the strategies they use in special education, particularly to support active engagement of individuals who may have autism spectrum disorders.  This Saturday, February 9, from 5:30-8pm, the Children’s Discovery Museum is hosting Play Your Way, an event designed especially for children with autism, ages 2-15, and their families.  Lurie College is proud to have faculty members like Lisa and Matt who are collaborating with organizations in the community to create positive and accessible learning experiences and we hope to continue the relationship with the Children’s Discovery Museum San Jose!

Faculty Promote Early Childhood Initiative

Lurie College and SJSU faculty discuss the Early Childhood Initiative.

Lurie College and SJSU faculty discuss the Early Childhood Initiative.

About 20 faculty from across Lurie College and SJSU recently came together to discuss the Early Childhood Initiative, which has been conceptualized and led by faculty members Andrea Golloher (Special Education Department), Emily Slusser (Child and Adolescent Development Department) and Maria Fusaro (Child and Adolescent Development Department) and is intended to

  • provide training and support for pre- and in-service early childhood practitioners;
  • bridge the research-to-practice gap, advance research, and develop best practices; and
  • support the professionalization of early childhood care and education.

We can’t wait to see where their ideas and passions take this initiative!

Welcome Marcos Pizarro, Lurie College’s New Associate Dean!

Lurie College is excited to welcome it’s new Associate Dean, Marcos Pizarro, to the community!

Marcos Pizarro

Marcos Pizarro, Associate Dean of Lurie College

Marcos Pizarro joins Lurie College in his 20th year at San Jose State!  Most recently he was a Professor and Chair of SJSU’s Chicana and Chicano Studies. Graduating from Stanford as an undergrad, he began his teaching career as a 6th grade teacher in Inglewood, while pursuing his PhD in Education at UCLA.  Marcos’ research and community work has focused on supporting Chicanx and Latinx students at various stages in their schooling to understand how interventions can help these students develop strategies to thrive in school and create social and racial justice in their communities.  He coordinates MAESTRXS, a social justice teacher collective developing and implementing a transformative education model with Latinx communities; works with schools on the development and implementation of Latinx Studies curricula to enhance Latinx student engagement; co-coordinates the Institute for Teachers of Color Committed to Racial Justice, a project that provides an annual training for teachers invested in transformative practice for racial justice; and is a Faculty Fellow for Chicanx/Latinx Student Success at SJSU, a multi-faceted project that offers support to students and the university to enhance Latinx student engagement and academic success.  He is excited to join Lurie College and to both support the amazing faculty and staff, and offer his expertise to help the college fulfill its mission.