Join us at the Lurie College Spring 2020 Welcome Event!

SJSU Lurie College of Education Spring 2020 Welcome Event

The Lurie College of Education is a community engaged, interdisciplinary, culturally sustaining, and holistic place that prepares a family of transformative educators, counselors, therapists, school and community leaders – and we like to have fun while we’re at it!  Lurie College of Education students, alumni, faculty, staff, and friends are invited to join us at our Spring 2020 Welcome Event at the SJSU Bowling and Billiards Center to connect and network with classmates, peers, clubs, faculty, deans, and staff while enjoying food, games, and a chance to win prizes – RSVP at!

NOTES: Your children / dependents are welcome to attend. The spots for bowling and billiards will be first-come, first-served, but we ask that you share bowling lanes and billiard tables so as many people as possible get to play. We’ll also have other games available such as giant Jenga, giant Connect 4, jumbo Bananagrams, and more!

Meet the Lurie College Student Organizations | ESAN

ESAN (Early Childhood Student Alumni Network) is creating an interdisciplinary group of current pre-service San Jose State University students and alumni working in the Early Childhood field and engages students in the Early Childhood Institute’s mission of supporting each and every child from the start.  Their spring semester meetings will take place:

  • Tuesday, February 11, 3-4pm, SH 446 (SAC Room)
  • Tuesday, March 10, 3-4pm, SH 446 (SAC Room)
  • Tuesday, April 14, 3-4pm, SH 446 (SAC Room)
  • Tuesday, May 12, 3-4pm, SH 446 (SAC Room)

To learn more, attend a meeting or contact at!

SJSU Lurie College of Education Student Organization ESAN Early Childhood Student Alumni Network

ICYMI: Lurie College of Education Commencement Ceremony

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.

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San Jose State new grad breaking barriers on race track

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Fall commencement ceremonies were held at San Jose State University on Wednesday night. Among the graduates is a 22-year-old who is breaking barriers outside the classroom and on the race track.

This is the day years in the making for Jianna Salinas to accept her diploma from San Jose State University earning a bachelor’s degree in early childhood development.

“I’m very excited,” said Salinas. “I’ve worked very hard for this for four and half years to finally be here in this building. It’s very surreal.”

It’s a dream come true for the San Jose native, who is a first generation student. Her parents could not afford college.

“Education is something they instilled in my sisters and I in a very young age,” said Salinas.

You may be surprised to learn she’s a professional motorcycle drag racer.

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Congratulations, Lurie College Graduates!

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.

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Solving X for Access: The Value of Math Education

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

SJSU Lurie College of Education Dean Heather Lattimer

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.

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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

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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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