Student Spotlight | Holly Shaw

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!

Connect with Lurie College at https://linktr.ee/sjsulurie to receive more news about academic and student life! Video and audio recorded by Brian Cheung Dooley – and edited by Sydney Torrens. Music by the 126ers.

Lurie College Students Shine at Learning Showcase

SJSU Lurie College of Education Learning Showcase

Communicative Disorders & Sciences student Avneet Sandhu shares her presentation on colorism.

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:

See more photos from the Learning Showcase below and learn more by visiting sjsu.edu/education/showcase

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Michelle Del Real’s Journey to a Degree

This story was originally published on the SJSU Washington Square blog by Julia Halprin Jackson.

SJSU Lurie College of Education Child and Adolescent Development Student Michelle Del Real

Photo courtesy of Michelle Del Real

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.”

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Michelle Del Real, ’19 CHAD

 

Student Spotlight | Liliana Adler

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!

Connect with Lurie College at https://linktr.ee/sjsulurie to receive more news about academic and student life! Video and audio recorded by Brian Cheung Dooley and edited by Sydney Torrens. Music by Anno Domini Beats.

Present Your Research at the Lurie College Learning Showcase

SJSU Lurie College of Education students, alumni, faculty, staff, partners, friends, and family are invited to attend the inaugural Learning Showcase on Fri., Dec. 6, from 4-8pm in Sweeney Hall!  This event will highlight Lurie College undergraduate, graduate, credential, and doctoral students’ academic accomplishments from the Fall 2019 semester.  Watch the video above to learn more about how to present a poster during the showcase and RSVP to attend the event at sjsu.edu/education/showcase.

Download Eduardo and Lyle’s handout here.

“How to create a better research poster in less time (including templates)” by Mike Morrison. 

Find out more about QR codes here and here.

Happy poster-making!

Meet the Lurie College Faculty | Dina Izenstark

Dina earned her Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign from the Department of Human Development and Family Studies.  She is an applied, interdisciplinary scholar with a program of research that explores how engagement in the natural environment positively influences youth development and family relationships.  Read Dina’s full profile below and listen to her personality playlist on the Lurie College Spotify account!

SJSU Lurie College of Education Child and Adolescent Development Department Faculty Dina Izenstark 2

Assistant Professor, Child & Adolescent Development

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  • Ph.D., Human Development & Family Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • M.S., Recreation, Sport, and Tourism, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • B.S., Recreation, Sport, and Tourism, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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How We Recruit High School and Community College Students to Teaching

Shoutout to Lurie College of Education Student Success Center Director Janene Perez, who was recently featured on the California State University’s Diversity Toolkit blog for highlighting some of the ways in which Lurie College has enhanced its efforts to recruit a diverse range of teaching candidates.  Listen to and read what she had to say below!

SJSU Lurie College of Education Director Janene Perez Podcast

Teacher educators, consider your own journey into education.  Did you come from a family of educators?  Or maybe you had a teacher who left an indelible mark that influenced your decision?  These are inspired reasons to enter the field, but how do we reach those who never considered teaching, who may be the first in their family to attend college, or who didn’t have a teacher they connected with?  Recruiting candidates with a diversity of experiences is absolutely vital to our mission of enhancing the quality of education for all students, but this work takes time, intention, and continuous reflection.

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Lurie College Hosts Inaugural Future of Learning Summit

This article was originally published on the SJSU Newsroom website by Julia Halprin Jackson.

SJSU Lurie College of Education Future of Learning Summit

Lurie College of Education Dean Heather Lattimer with speakers from the inaugural Future of Learning Summit: Shar Naidu, Vivian Vu, Kent McGuire, Valerie Lundy-Wagner, Laura Quintana, Irene Castillon, SJSU professor Ellen Middaugh, and Arun Ramanthan. Photo by Francisco Mendoza.

San Jose, Calif. — About 100 Silicon Valley thought leaders, policymakers and K-12 educators filled SJSU’s Diaz Compean Student Union Theater November 13 at the inaugural Future of Learning Summit, hosted by the Connie L. Lurie College of Education. The event included five keynote speakers and talks by five SJSU community members, all of whom addressed the question, “What is the future of learning?”

“We’re at a time of significant change in education and across society,” said Heather Lattimer, dean of the Lurie College. “We have changing job markets, demographic shifts and new understandings around what learning and cognition mean and look like. It’s a time of rapid change that can be really scary. But it’s also an opportunity for all of us to challenge the way that we think of education and schooling to find new ways to support stronger, more equitable and more relevant outcomes.” Lattimer described SJSU’s upcoming Future of Learning Initiative, a cross-disciplinary program to spur innovation on campus, serve as a hub for transforming education in the region, generate new knowledge that will elevate the importance of the scholarship of teaching and learning, and position SJSU as a thought leader in the field of educational innovation.

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RSVP to Attend the Lurie College Learning Showcase!

SJSU Lurie College of Education Learning Showcase Flyer

SJSU Lurie College of Education students, alumni, faculty, staff, partners, friends, and family are invited to attend the inaugural Learning Showcase, which will highlight Lurie College undergraduate, graduate, credential, and doctoral students’ academic accomplishments from the Fall 2019 semester!  This event will take place on Friday, December 6, from 4-8pm in Sweeney Hall and include posters, presentations, panels, a plenary, and prizes.  To learn more and RSVP, visit sjsu.edu/education/showcase.

LEARNING SHOWCASE POSTER WORKSHOP

If you are a Lurie College of Education student who is interested in presenting a research poster at the Learning Showcase and would like some support and guidance from Lurie College faculty, please attend the Poster Workshop on Friday, November 22, from 12-1pm in Sweeney Hall 447 to meet with Communicative Disorders & Sciences Department faculty member Lyle Lustigman and Teacher Education Department faculty member Eduardo Muñoz-Muñoz!

Student Spotlight | Athena Weiland

Learn about Athena Weiland, an undergraduate transfer student studying Child & Adolescent Development at the SJSU Lurie College of Education. Athena is also the recipient of the Marion Cilker Scholarship for Infusing Art into Teaching Endowment award for the 2019-2020 academic year!

Connect with Lurie College at https://linktr.ee/sjsulurie to receive more news about academic and student life. Video and audio recorded by Brian Cheung Dooley and edited by Sydney Torrens. Music by Joey Pecoraro.