Shoutout to SJSU Lurie College student Aiden Hill, whose second edition of his book, The Midnight Stranglers, was recently published! Here’s a synopsis:
In 2008 Aiden Hill was diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition-severe obstructive sleep apnea, also known as “the midnight strangler.” But after he lost his employer-based insurance he soon encountered a new group of “health care stranglers.” These special interests were bent on using the cover of darkness to deny coverage and gouge him while he was at his most vulnerable. Part One of The Midnight Stranglers: a Personal Quest for Health Care Transparency chronicles this struggle, its intersection with the passage of Obamacare, and the Tea Party reaction. Aiden was so scarred by his experience that he joined the health care reform movement to help bring about change. Part Two discusses the disappointments he encountered as he worked for the State of California to implement its version of Obamacare (Covered California), and why he now believes the insurance exchanges won’t deliver affordable care. The book ends with a call for greater transparency across the entire health care spectrum, and what we as individual consumers and taxpayers can do to make it happen.
Shout out to Teacher Education Department faculty Grinell Smith and Tammie Visintainer, who recently partnered with the ECO-Warrior Foundation to develop K-12 lesson plans that focus on the impact of human activity on the environment – check them out at eco-warrior.org/coursework!
David A. Whitenack, Ph.D., teaches courses focusing on emergent multilingual students, supervises pre-service teachers, and coordinates the TED graduate program. Whitenack has published, presented, led professional development initiatives, and served as co-PI on grant-funded projects related to improving the education of English learners. His current work with a cross-departmental team of colleagues uses an intersectional approach to prepare all general and special education teachers to meet the learning of needs of all students in mainstream classrooms in the context of teacher residency partnerships. Read David’s full profile below and listen to his personality playlist on theLurie College Spotify account!
The SJSU Office of Research in partnership with the Research Foundation provides undergraduate and graduate research students the opportunity to present their work and compete for selection as SJSU representatives at the annual CSU Student Research Competition. Applications are made to the appropriate college and each college submits their selections to the Office of Research. The research presented should be appropriate to the student’s discipline and career goals. Proprietary research is excluded. Each college may send forward a total of four student projects (undergraduate and/or graduate) representing outstanding research or creative activity. Applicants should visit sjsu.edu/education/student-research for instructions on how to submit their materials to the Lurie College of Education Dean’s Office, SH 103, by 5pm on Friday, February 7, 2020.
In case you missed it in person, check out the video recording of the Fall 2019 SJSU Lurie College of Education Commencement Ceremony and of the Lurie College Student Commencement Speaker, Megan Nebesnick – MA, Education, Concentration in Curriculum and Instruction with Multiple Subject Credential – below! You can also read her remarks below.
Good evening Spartans,
My name is Megan Nebesnick and as a current graduate of the Teacher Education Department and former graduate of the Humanities Department, I am honored to have been chosen as your speaker of our Fall 2019 commencement ceremony to represent and speak on behalf of both departments. I would like to begin by congratulating each and every one of us for the dedication and commitment to academics that have led us here tonight. Through our experiences here at San Jose State, we have created stronger and better versions of ourselves. It’s safe to say that this journey has not been easy. We have encountered many sleepless nights, tears, and stress. We have all dedicated a significant amount of time and concern toward one exam or project that would bring us one small but significant step closer to the finish line. Nonetheless, it has prepared us for what is to come.
Congratulations to all of the SJSU Lurie College of Education undergraduate, graduate, and credential students who are graduating from San Jose State University at the end of the fall 2019 semester! Watch this brief message of congratulations from Dean Heather Lattimer and to learn more about the Lurie College Fall 2019 Commencement Speaker, Megan Nebesnick.
Lurie College of Education Dean Heather Lattimer. Photo: Karl Nielsen.
Lurie College of Education Dean Heather Lattimer’s new formula for preparing math teachers is transforming the careers of educators and increasing equity in classrooms.
Robyn Riedstra remembers the day she gave up learning math. Stumped by fractions in third grade, she asked her mother for help. Her mother asked repeatedly if she’d understood the concept in class and, if so, what was different at home. Riedstra interpreted the response to mean that she wasn’t smart. She stopped doing her homework—math, English, science, everything—altogether. She was eight years old.
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 theLurie College Spotify account!
Professor, Teacher Education
Ph.D., Curriculum & Instruction, Kansas State University
M.S., Secondary Education, Kansas State University
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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