The SJSU Lurie College of Education recently hosted the Future of Learning Summit and asked attendees that same question – check out some of their responses!
Learn about Holly Shaw , an Undergraduate student in the Child & Adolescent Development Program at the SJSU Lurie College of Education. Holly is also the recipient Hazel Cilker Smith and Marion Sarah Cilker Scholarship Fund award for the 2019-2020 academic year!
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The Bilingual Authorization Program – Bilingüismo y Justicia – at San Jose State University’s Lurie College of Education has been established to support the needs of K-12 school districts throughout California, promote the benefits of bilingualism and bilingual education, and create opportunities for future educators to engage in meaningful academic and professional experiences. Watch this video to learn more from SJSU faculty members Allison Briceño, Luis Poza, and Eduardo Muñoz-Muñoz!
Dr. Aguilar’s research focuses on professional preparation and development among teacher candidates, in-service teachers, and faculty in effective practices for enhancing the educational opportunities of English learner (EL) students across secondary and post-secondary classroom settings. Specific threads her scholarly work in this area include exploring avenues for 1) supporting the academic language development of linguistically diverse future educators, 2) promoting equity through co-teaching and professional learning communities, and 3) challenging beliefs and assumptions held by educators about English learner students. Read Katya’s full profile below and listen to her personality playlist on the Lurie College Spotify account!
Professor, Teacher Education
- Ph.D., Curriculum & Instruction, Kansas State University
- M.S., Secondary Education, Kansas State University
- B.A., Psychology, William Jewell College
Shoutout to the SJSU Lurie College National Speech Language Hearing Association, who recently volunteered to make care packages for the local homeless community with Loves and Fishes Family Kitchen!
Learn about Adriana Priego, a graduate student in the SJSU Lurie College of Education who is pursuing a multiple subject credential and bilingual authorization. Adriana is also the recipient of the Ada Louise Watters Scholarship award for the 2019-2020 academic year!
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Sweeney Hall was buzzing with excitement on Friday, December 6, 2019, as hundreds of SJSU Lurie College of Education undergraduate, graduate, credential, and doctoral students shared their academic accomplishments and insights to peers, faculty, staff, family, friends, and community partners during the inaugural Learning Showcase. The showcase was established to build upon the end-of-semester academic celebrations that many of the Lurie College of Education departments had organized in previous semesters by organizing a college-wide event to demonstrate how the Lurie College of Education and its students are interdisciplinary, community-engaged, culturally-sustaining, and holistic, according to Dean Heather Lattimer. The event began with a wide range presentation panels such as “Advising Idol – A Friendly Video Competition to Support Student Success” and “Voice Care Workshop for Educational Professionals + Mini Clinic for Voice Screening” before transitioning to poster presentations and other stations such as “Film Making as a Research Method” and “Special Education Lesson Plan Gallery Walk.” The grand finale of the Learning Showcase was the plenary session, which featured a student or small group of students from each academic department in the Lurie College of Education who spoke to a crowd of about 75 attendees about their academic research, experiential education, and more! Plenary speakers included:
- Caden Denton – The Power of Play – Child and Adolescent Development
- Tuongvan Nguyen – My EDCO Experience – Counselor Education
- Ashwin Kumar – Learning and Healing: Teaching Amidst Trauma – Teacher Education
- Joseph Ernst and Finnian Sheehan – SPED Resident Teachers on Their Experiences – Special Education
- Jessica Brym, Tiffany Park, and Ashlyn Tadokoro – Starting and Sustaining an Aphasia Rehabilitation Program at a University Clinic – Communicative Disorders & Sciences
- Amna Jaffer – My EdD Experience – Ed.D Leadership Program
See more photos from the Learning Showcase below and learn more by visiting sjsu.edu/education/showcase
This story was originally published on the SJSU Washington Square blog by Julia Halprin Jackson.
Michelle Del Real’s office in San Jose State’s Lucas College and Graduate School of Business is decorated in pictures of her two daughters and son, evidence of the years she has dedicated to helping others thrive. On December 18, 2019, the Santa Clara native will be the second in her family to graduate college—the first being her eldest daughter Meaghan, with whom she enrolled in the child and adolescent development program—an achievement that is not lost on Del Real, who has worked toward a degree for more than 10 years.
“Growing up, I ate breakfast and lunch at school every day,” says Del Real, ’19 CHAD, who works as an analyst for the Lucas College and Graduate School of Business. “We ate government cheese, milk and eggs. My mom made the majority of my clothes and what she couldn’t make was on layaway at Kmart so we could have clothes for school. I still can’t believe I made it.”
Del Real describes a childhood of abuse and trauma, punctuated by a desire to learn and grow. She met her husband in high school and they had their first child when she was 19. Del Real resolved to find a way out of the cycle of poverty, and through her work with the Santa Clara County Office of Education, she was able to pursue an associate’s degree and three education certificates while they raised their family.
“I’ve always wanted to make sure that my kids were on a level playing field,” says Del Real. “I already had a pit dug for me before I even got here, and I had to fight and claw and climb my way out. I wanted to make sure that my kids had a much better ground to start with than I ever did. That’s why I went back to school—I wanted to give them a good example of how important it is to pursue an education.”
Throughout her tenure at the county office, her early childhood education units and her years raising three kids, Del Real realized the system for assisting people with special needs requires work—and it is work worth doing. When her own children received diagnoses for various special needs, Del Real resolved to improve the resources available to parents, children and educators. “If I don’t feel like I’m giving something back, it doesn’t work for me,” she says.
In 2012, she began working at San Jose State, where she helped establish the Lucas College and Graduate School of Business’ Jack Holland Student Success Center, provided support to students, faculty and staff, and enrolled in the child and adolescent development program in 2014. Del Real was grateful for the support of her coworkers and department staff through the application process, because as a first-generation college attendee it was overwhelming. By the time her eldest was ready to apply, Del Real had enough experience that she could truly guide her daughter through the university system. They enrolled in some of the same classes and were sometimes mistaken as twins. Whether or not she realized it, Del Real was leading her family by example.
Del Real plans to pursue a master’s degree in educational psychology or special education, with the ultimate goal of helping families with special needs children. Through her degree program, she has received a solid foundation in human development that helps her every day in her work with students. She earned three scholarships in her final semester and will be graduating Phi Kappa Phi Summa Cum Laude. She is eager to share her graduation day with her three kids, husband of 25 years, mother, father and brothers—the people for whom she’s worked so hard.
“My mom is coming to the ceremony, and it’s a huge deal for me,” says Del Real, her voice wavering as she eyes the highlighted date on her Google calendar. “My biggest message to my kids is to never think that anything is impossible; if you have heart and determination, you can get where you want to be and succeed. I wish somebody had told me a long time ago that I was worth it. It took years of my husband convincing me—and me convincing myself—that I was good enough to do this. And here I am.”
Learn about Liliana Adler, an undergraduate student studying Child & Adolescent Development at the SJSU Lurie College of Education. Liliana is also the recipient E. A. Rocky Scholarship Endowment Fund for Education award and Jonathan Nobuhiro Memorial Scholarship award for the 2019-2020 academic year!
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Wendy Quach, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, is a licensed, certified speech language pathologist and associate professor in the Department of Communicative Disorders and Sciences (CDS) at San José State University. Her teaching and research focus on augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) for people with complex communication needs and motor speech disorders. She has presented locally, nationally, and internationally and is actively engaged in several collaborative research projects and is supported through several US Department of Education grants. She has a passion for instilling research in her students and has mentored several students on various projects related to AAC. Read Wendy’s full profile below and listen to her personality playlist on the Lurie College Spotify account!
Associate Professor, Communicative Disorders & Sciences
- Ph.D., University of Nebraska-Lincoln
- M.S., Speech-Language Pathology, University of Alberta, Canada
- B.A., Linguistics, University of Alberta, Canada