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 https://bit.ly/3hYcl4m
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!
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.
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.
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 svlg.org/event/education-summit/
Lurie College is excited to welcome its newest faculty member in the Department of Special Education, Dr. Rebecca Cruz, to join our community beginning in the Fall 2020 semester!
Rebecca A. Cruz is excited to join the SJSU Department of Special Education! Rebecca earned her PhD in special education from a joint doctoral program between University of California, Berkeley (UCB) and San Francisco State University (SFSU). Her research interests include teacher education and development, critical disability theory, cultural and linguistic diversity, and policy impact on schools. Rebecca studies issues of equity, inclusion, and attitudes toward individuals with disabilities. Prior to beginning her doctoral studies, Rebecca earned a master’s degree in special education from SFSU and worked in middle and high school settings to develop co-teaching and inclusion models.
The SJSU Lurie College of Education provides a range of grants to support students in their academic endeavors to become transformative educators, counselors, therapists, and leaders. As a result, Lurie College faculty Robert Marx and Kyoung Mi Choi were able to collaborate with SJSU students, the SJSU Pride Center and the SJSU International Student and Scholar Services to conduct workshops to increase awareness around the unique challenges and strengths among LGBTQ+ international students. This initiative has since grown into the Queer Educators and Counselors Network (QECN) – learn more at sjsu.edu/education/qecn.
With the COVID-19 crisis making it abundantly clear the critical role that educators play in our society, Lurie College is recognizing SJSU Educators of Impact who have made a transformative difference in the lives of children, families, and communities. Learn more about SJSU faculty Dina Izenstark below. To nominate an SJSU graduate who is an Educator of Impact, please complete this brief Google form.
“Professor Izenstark’s passion for teaching and education is inspiring. As a professor, she has been a role model on what an approachable, involved, and empathetic professor looks like. As a first-generation student having a professor that is supportive and builds a school community has helped me succeed. Thank you, Professor Izenstark!”
Lurie College is excited to welcome its newest faculty member in the Department of Child and Adolescent Development, Dr. Janet Bang, to the community beginning in the Fall 2020 semester!
Janet Bang is excited to be joining the SJSU Child and Adolescent Development department as an Assistant Professor in Fall 2020. Janet received her PhD in Communication Sciences and Disorders from McGill University and spent three years as a Postdoctoral Fellow at Stanford University. Her research program is committed to investigating how children learn language from their everyday interactions. Her work takes a developmental approach and has included families from a variety of diverse backgrounds such as English-, French-, and Spanish-speaking families, as well as families with typically-developing children and children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Her goal for her research and teaching is to build an understanding of child development that is true to the rich array of individual and cultural differences within and across diverse communities. She is dedicated to using her research to empower families and educators with new insights into how to support children’s development.
This summer, professors from the SJSU Lurie College Departments of Child & Adolescent Development and Communicative Disorders & Sciences will be joining us in conversation and community. You can learn a little about their background, what inspired them to teach, and ask all of your questions about life at the Lurie College of Education and beyond. On Tuesday, July 21, at 2pm, chat with Dr. Paul Cascella, Professor in the Department of Communiciative Disorders & Sciences. Register today to receive a Zoom link for this workshop!
The SJSU Lurie College of Education provides a range of opportunities to support students in their academic endeavors to become transformative educators, counselors, therapists, and leaders. We spoke with our Communicative Disorders and Sciences students Kyah Cobb and Robert Abarca, who were able to collaborate with Professor Paul Cascella on a research project that explores communication supports for elders dually diagnosed with intellectual disability and dementia. Listen to their insights in the podcast below!
The project has two focus areas: 1) a systematic review of the literature, and 2) the development of a new rating scale identifying positive communication supports for people with dual diagnoses. To date, the systematic review has surveyed and analyzed contemporary peer-reviewed academic journal articles, doctoral dissertations, professional organizations’ webpages, and professional blogs. Initial results suggest two findings. First, there is a gap in literature
describing communication supports for people with dual diagnoses versus people with dementia. Second, dementia-alone recommendations are rarely applied to people with a dual diagnoses. To date, a draft of the new rating scale is in the pilot-phase of verifying its reliability and validity.
“The whole research project is about the connection between intellectual disabilities and dementia. What we have been looking into focuses on aspects of Down syndrome and the correlation in communication strategies for those who are also dual diagnosed with dementia.”
This summer, professors from the SJSU Lurie College Departments of Child & Adolescent Development and Communicative Disorders & Sciences will be joining us in conversation and community. You can learn a little about their background, what inspired them to teach, and ask all of your questions about life at the Lurie College of Education and beyond. On Wednesday, July 15, at 2pm, chat with Dr. Robert Marx, Assistant Professor in the Department of Child and Adolescent Development. Register today to receive a Zoom link for this workshop!
The SJSU Lurie College of Education provides a range of opportunities to support students in their academic endeavors to become transformative educators, counselors, therapists, and leaders. We spoke with our Special Education Department graduate students Joanna Gaeta and Samuel Bland, who were able to collaborate with Assistant Professor Saili Kulkarni on a research project that examines beliefs about disability and race among special education teachers of color. Listen to Joanna and Samuel’s insights below!
“We are currently working on studying special education teachers of color and what their beliefs are about disability and race. We’re trying to see how do teachers position themselves to help out our students when we see disparities – whether it’s behavioral issues or academic issues within the school setting – and then how we as the special education teachers contend with that on the education front.”
Lurie College is excited to welcome its newest faculty member in the Department of Counselor Education, Dr. Aubrey Uresti, to the community beginning in the Fall 2020 semester!
Dr. Aubrey Uresti earned her Ph.D. in Education with an emphasis in Learning and Mind Sciences from the University of California, Davis. Dr. Uresti is currently a lecturer in the Department of Human Ecology at UC Davis. Aubrey is also an instructor in the College Admissions and Career Planning certificate program at UC Berkeley Extension. A California credentialed K-12 school counselor (PPS-SC) and a National Certified School Counselor (NCSC), Dr. Uresti has experience in all levels of K-12 education as a teacher, school counselor, therapist, supervisor, and consultant. She is a licensed professional clinical counselor (LPCC) and a National Certified Counselor (NCC). Her dissertation focused on the individual, family, and extended family-level experiences of adolescents who have a parent in jail or prison, as well as their meaning-making processes regarding parental incarceration. Additional research interests include urban education and school counseling, school-based support, grief and loss, peer victimization, child and adolescent development issues, and lifelong learning for counselors.
During the Spring 2020 semester, the SJSU Lurie College of Education adopted a new 3-year strategic plan after over a year of conversations, deliberations, and reflections among faculty, students, and staff. The strategic plan focuses on 4 priority areas – community engaged, interdisciplinary, culturally sustaining, and holistic. Faculty, staff, and students were then able to apply for grant funding for projects that aligned with these priority areas. Congratulations to all of our teams who were awarded funding for the following projects for the 2020-2021 academic year!
“Creating an Inclusive Climate: Queering Our Classrooms and Our Campus”
If you’re hoping to make your class, office, or programming more accessible for and supportive of your queer and trans students and coworkers, be on the lookout for upcoming training sessions and a professional learning community supported by the Strategic Plan Seed Grant. “Creating an Inclusive Climate: Queering Our Classrooms and Our Campus” represents a partnership between the Lurie College of Education and The LGBT Youth Space to offer introductory and advanced trainings at the department and college level around topics like pronouns and vocabulary terms, the hidden curriculum in our classes, and creating opportunities for authentic self-expression. We will also be hosting a Professional Learning Community for faculty and staff who want to more deeply engage in the work of transforming their corner of the campus into a queer-affirming space. For more information, please contact Dr. Robert Marx at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Shoutout to Department of Teacher Education faculty Ralph McKay, whose article “In Praise of Substitute Teachers” was recently published in the International Journal of Arts, Humanities & Social Science! Give it a read at https://bit.ly/3iruwA7
The purpose of ESAN is to create an interdisciplinary group of current pre-service San Jose State University students and alumni working in the Early Childhood field and engage students in the Early Childhood Institute’s mission of supporting each and every child from the start. In this video, Lurie College student / ESAN President Julia Doan and Lurie College faculty / ESAN Advisor Andrea Golloher discuss their organization and their Lurie College Summer Film Series discussion.
ESAN is also hosting a discussion about The Raising of America: Early Childhood and the Future of Our Nation on Wed., Jul. 1, 5pm. To receive to join the discussion, register via this Google form. To get connected with ESAN, email email@example.com.
This summer, professors from the SJSU Lurie College Departments of Child & Adolescent Development and Communicative Disorders & Sciences will be joining us in conversation and community. You can learn a little about their background, what inspired them to teach, and ask all of your questions about life at the Lurie College of Education and beyond. On Tuesday, June 30, at 1pm, chat with Dr. Ellen Middaugh, Assistant Professor in the Department of Child and Adolescent Development. Register today to receive a Zoom link for this workshop!
Lurie College is excited to welcome its newest faculty member in the Department of Educational Leadership, Dr. María C. Ledesma, to join our community beginning in the Fall 2020 semester to lead the establishment of our Higher Education Leadership program!
Dr. María C. Ledesma grew up in Oakland, California. As a first-generation college student, María earned a B.A. from UC Berkeley, a master’s degree from Harvard’s Graduate School of Education, and a Ph.D. in education from UCLA. She has previous experience as an undergraduate admissions reader for her undergraduate alma mater, UC Berkeley, and sat as the graduate student representative for the University of California’s faculty senate committee on undergraduate admissions—The Board of Admissions and Relations with Schools. As a doctoral student María was selected to sit as the 32nd Student Regent for the University of California, the first Latina to hold this post. Her research interests include equity oriented critical policy analysis, including contextualizing and historicizing the history and application of race-conscious social policy in higher education and the examination of leadership for social justice. She is also interested in exploring the experiences of faculty of color who identify as first-generation. Her work has appeared in the Association of Mexican American Educators Journal, Equity and Excellence in Education, Review of Higher Education, and Qualitative Inquiry.
Shoutout to our EdD Leadership Program Director Brad Porfilio, whose previously co-authored article “Centering Social Justice in EdD Programs” was recently highlighted by the Carnegie Project on the Educational Doctorate as a resource on racial justice in educational systems and leadership. Read the publication at https://bit.ly/
Congratulations to Department of Counselor Education Lecturer, Dr. Lorri Capizzi, who will continue on with the Lurie College community in the Fall 2020 semester as an assistant professor!
For the last 14 years Dr. Capizzi has taught both undergraduate and graduate-level courses as well as served as faculty advisor to over 75 Master’s Candidates. She has 10 years of placing and supervising school counselors in their internships/field-work in high need districts and in juvenile court schools for students under court supervision. Dr. Capizzi also has over 15 years of federal grant administration experience where she co-authored and managed multi-million dollar budgets. Dr. Capizzi has extensive experience working with first-generation low-income students in K-12 and in higher education. Her professional interests include examining social justice-based school counseling and its role in increasing access to higher education for foster youth and students experiencing homelessness.
Congratulations to Teacher Education Department faculty Allison Briceño, who received tenure and promotion to associate professor! Learn more about Allison’s academic background by visiting her faculty profile webpage.
Congratulations to Special Education Department faculty Lisa Simpson, who received tenure and promotion to associate professor! Learn more about Lisa’s academic background by visiting her faculty profile webpage.
Congratulations to Communicative Disorders & Sciences Department faculty Wendy Quach, who was promoted to professor! Learn more about Wendy’s academic background by visiting her faculty profile webpage.
Department of Teacher Education lecturer Ralph McKay wrote a letter to the editor “No mention of serving all in California’s police oath” to the Mercury News and it was recently published! Give it a read below or by visiting the Mercury News at https://bayareane.ws/2Ap3GI3.
The California police officer’s oath states, “I, (employee name), do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the State of California against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the State of California.
Does the existing California oath address the practical responsibilities of a police officer’s duty? I think not. “Protect and Serve” are the words we see on the side of many police cars and it is the motto of most police departments; therefore, the words define the mission of the police, which is to “protect” and “serve” the community. The California Police Officer’s Oath makes no reference to these responsibilities.
Since California’s oath is based on constitutional responsibilities which are subject to differing interpretations and includes no mention of an officer’s responsibilities to their community, I propose a rider to the oath which states that a police officer must protect and serve all community members.
Proposed Rider to the California Police Officer’s Oath
“I, (employee name), do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will protect and serve all of the people of my community.
Lurie College EdD Leadership Program Alumni, Dr. Radha Aravamudhan, and Lurie College Lecturer, Dr. Bob Gliner, produced a documentary film that describes experiences of South Asian students and parents in public schools. The documentary project was funded by the Lurie College Research and Teaching Collaborative Grant and was designed with valuable inputs from Dr. Rebeca Burciaga, Dr. Arnold Danzig and Dr. Saili Kulkarni.
The film shares perspectives from students, parents and teachers and hopes to raise awareness about the successes, struggles and resources needed to meet the needs of South Asian students. The students and families interviewed for the documentary are from a public school district in the south bay area.
In addition to orienting our incoming fall semester students this summer, we are in the process of organizing various academic, networking, and social events, such as:
- A K-12 Online Teaching Academy
- Ask Me Anything sessions with Lurie College faculty
- A summer film series, co-hosted by our Lurie College student organizations
Although the COVID-19 pandemic has significantly impacted so many facets of society over the past couple of months, that’s not stopping the Lurie College of Education at San Jose State University from organizing a live graduation celebration to recognize its more than 500 Spring 2020 graduates (and soon-to-be alumni)!
This is an incredibly significant moment for our graduates, their support networks, our Lurie College of Education community, and our society as a whole. College commencement ceremonies are a rite of passage for students every year who have worked tirelessly to prepare themselves for the next chapters in their lives. While we are saddened that we are not able to celebrate with our graduates in person at this time as a result of COVID-19, we are proud of how our entire Lurie College community of students, faculty, and staff have responded and persevered during this pandemic, and so it’s our priority to celebrate virtually with our graduates to acknowledge their accomplishments and bring some closure to their academic experiences with us. We look forward to welcoming our graduates back to campus and celebrating in person together at the Fall 2020 or Spring 2021 Commencement events. – Dean Heather Lattimer
The Lurie College Graduation Celebration will take place online on Friday, May 22, at 4pm and begin with a college-wide ceremony that will include remarks from Dean Heather Lattimer, Associate Dean Marcos Pizarro, and student speaker Giselle Arellano, who is graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Child and Adolescent Development.
It feels really special to be the graduation speaker, especially during these times. When I was first selected as the speaker, it was more of an ‘I did it’ moment as a first-generation student of an immigrant family and someone who is representing that small percentage of graduating Latinas all over the world. Now it feels like I am the person who is able to voice what I’m hearing from my fellow classmates, my friends, from those who are graduating from other departments. Many of us are feeling the same sadness about not being able to celebrate in person, but we still feel very accomplished and made it to a point where, even though the odds may not be in our favor right now, we still can celebrate and know that ‘we did it’! – Giselle Arellano
Each Spring 2020 graduate will also be recognized during the college-wide ceremony. Lurie College graduates, faculty, and staff have been invited to attend the event live and family and friends are invited to watch the ceremony live on the Lurie College YouTube channel.
After the college-wide ceremony, each Lurie College department – Child & Adolescent Development, Communicative Disorders & Sciences, Counselor Education, EdD Leadership, Special Education, and Teacher Education – is hosting an online reception to include remarks from faculty chairpersons, individualized slideshows, and socializing among graduates, faculty, and staff to close out the academic year.
Since this year’s experience is entirely digital, Lurie College has created some other digital items to enhance the experience, such as:
- A custom Zoom background for graduates to use during their department receptions
- A custom Facebook frame for graduates to show their pride in becoming a new SJSU Lurie College of Education alumni
- A digital image to share on social media
- A custom Snapchat lens to use on the desktop application Snapcamera to integrate with Zoom
San Jose State University as a whole is honoring and celebrating all Spring 2020 graduates by launching graduate recognition websites, which will go live on Friday, May 22. Learn more about the San Jose State University graduate recognition websites on the SJSU Newsroom website.
I’m looking forward to seeing everyone’s faces and feeling that overall sense of relief in knowing that, while this journey seemed daunting at first, I’m finally able to say ‘I’m a graduate’ and complete something that I’ve been working towards for so long. Overall, this all feels very surreal and amazing! – Giselle Arellano