Welcome, Newly-Admitted Spartans!

On behalf of the SJSU Lurie College of Education, Dean Heather Lattimer and Melody Mann, a current student in the Child and Adolescent Development department, would like to welcome all 800 newly-admitted Lurie College undergraduate students to SJSU!

Newly-admitted Lurie College students are also encouraged to do the following:

Message Lurie College at @sjsulurie on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter; or via email at luriecollege@sjsu.edu.

“Aspire” by Scott Holmes provided royalty free by http://freemusicarchive.org. Video and audio recorded and edited by Brian Cheung Dooley.

Scholarship Info Session a Success

Scholarship Info Session

At Lurie College, we want to ensure that students are aware of the resources available to them so they can continue to pursue equity and excellence in education, which is why we partnered with the SJSU Scholarships Office to host an info session for students to learn about how to apply for SJSU and Lurie College scholarships for the upcoming year.  This week, about 40 students attended the session to receive instructions and insights from staff in the SJSU Scholarship Office and faculty on the Lurie College Scholarship Review Committee.  Thanks to the generous support of donors, Lurie College has over $200,000 available to provide to current and incoming students for the 2019-2020 academic year.  Students who are interested and eligible to apply can visit the SJSU Scholarships webpage to learn more and submit an application by Monday, April 1!

Learn more about the SJSU Lurie College of Education at sjsu.edu/education.  Photo by Brian Cheung Dooley.

Promise Group Students Pursue Excellence

SP19 Promise Group

Spring 2019 Promise Group students pose before starting one of their bi-weekly workshops.

The Lurie College of Education Student Success Center is pleased to host the Promise Group Initiative (PGI). The PGI is creates opportunities for first generation students and those who are part of the Spartan and Guardian Scholars, EOP, and the California and Eastside Promise groups, to participate in a year-long development experience – learn more on the Lurie College Promise Group webpage!

Learn more about the SJSU Lurie College of Education at sjsu.edu/education.  Photo by Brian Cheung Dooley.

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!

Lurie College Professor Ellen Middaugh Publishes Article About Civic Media Literacy

Ellen Middaugh

Ellen Middaugh – Assistant Professor, Child and Adolescent Development, SJSU Lurie College of Education

In an era of media outrage and fake news, Lurie College is proud to have faculty members like Ellen Middaugh (@emiddaugh) who are making significant contributions in the field of civic media literacy.  Ellen recently published the article “More Than Just Facts: Promoting Civic Media Literacy in the Era of Outrage” in the Peabody Journal of Education.  You can read the abstract below and access the article in its entirety here.


Amid rising concerns about “fake news,” efforts have emerged to explain the spread and impact of misinformation on youth civic engagement. These efforts have focused primarily on the role of social media in exposing youth to factually inaccurate civic information and the factors that influence the ability to discern the accuracy of such information. A less explored aspect has been the impact of the rise of“outrage language,” defined as language that evokes strong emotional responses (e.g., fear, anger, disgust) that communications scholars have documented as playing a larger role in political discourse over the past few decades (Berry & Sobieraj,2014). This article draws on three recent studies of digital media and youth civic engagement to discuss (a) the role of participatory media in exposing youth to outrage language in civic discourse, (b) the challenges of balancing attention to the emotional and factual elements when participating in online civic discourse, and (c) how the development of online counterpublics through high school classrooms can help students create models of productive online discourse. The article concludes with suggestions for future research and educational interventions that address the challenges associated with outrage language.