What provides you with a sense of belonging at Lurie College? Is it your drive to become a transformative educator, counselor, therapist, school or community leader? A faculty member, advisor, your friends or student groups? The opportunities, events, and culture? Share with us on Instagram by tagging @sjsulurie and using the hashtag #IBelongAtLurieCollege in your caption or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org so we can share uplifting stories from our community. Learn about Charline Tenorio, Department of Communicative Disorders and Sciences alumni and graduate student, and what provides her with a sense of belonging!
“The overall environment of interdisciplinary collaboration and upward mobility of supporting each other is what really provides me with a sense of belonging here at Lurie College. I had entered the college as a shy freshman and really got the opportunity to get out of my comfort zone by interacting with my peers. Everyone in the college definitely upholds the idea of supporting one another in good times and bad; academically, professionally, and socially. There is definitely something at the college for you, whether it be in student-run organizations with peers, project-based learning with faculty, or opportunities beyond the classroom with administrators.”
The rankings, released on March 17, show the Lurie College placed in these four categories:
Tied for #2 among CSU schools of education
In the top 5 for schools of education in the Bay Area
Tied for #16 among schools of education in California
Debuted at #158 for best education schools in the country
“All of us in the Lurie College of Education are proud that we have been recognized for our efforts to prepare transformative educators, counselors, therapists, school and community leaders,” said Lurie College Dean Heather Lattimer. “We look forward to continuing to work collaboratively with our students, alumni, faculty, staff, and community partners to expand our college’s opportunities and impact in the region!”
The magazine bases its ranking of best graduate schools of education on two types of data: reputational surveys of deans and other academic officials and statistical indicators that measure the quality of a school’s faculty, research and students. They also assess both the preparedness of a school’s incoming students and the career or academic outcomes of a school’s graduates.
At the SJSU Lurie College of Education, we prepare transformative educators, counselors, therapists, school and community leaders. Learn from Derica, Andrea, Gabrielle, and Willy – four of our alumni from our Child and Adolescent Development Department – as they share their stories and insights.
Derica Malaca graduated from SJSU in the class of 2018 with a BA in Child and Adolescent Development with a Community Focus and a minor in Health Professions. Derica is currently an Administrative Assistant in the Gateway Child Development Center at the YMCA of San Francisco as well as a Financial Educator with World System Builder.
Andrea Marie Madrinan graduated from SJSU in the class of 2015 with a BA in Child and Adolescent Development and later earned her Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of San Francisco. Andrea is currently a High School Counselor in the Fremont Unified School District.
Gabrielle Jeanpierre graduated from SJSU in the class of 2016 with a BA in Child and Adolescent Development. Gabrielle is currently a Career Development Program Specialist with the Goodwill of Silicon Valley.
Willy Kwong graduated from SJSU in the class of 2013 with a BA in Child Development and again in the class of 2015 with a Master’s Degree in Child and Adolescent Development. Willy is currently a full-time faculty member at Mission College.
Come out to the next ESAN (Early Childhood Student Alumni Network) meeting on Tuesday, March 10, 3-4pm, SH 446 (SAC Room)! ESAN 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. To learn more, visit esansjsu.wixsite.com/website or contact email@example.com.
Lurie College of Education students, alumni, faculty, staff, and friends are invited to join us at our Spring 2020 Welcome Event on Monday, February 3, from 3-5pm 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 bit.ly/lurie-sp20welcome!
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!
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:
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.
SAN JOSE, Calif. – 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.
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.
Shoutout to SJSU Lurie College alumni Irene Castillón, who developed an alumni peer group initiative to support her students as they transition to and persist through college! Read more via her blog post on the Heinemann Publishing website.
Shoutout to SJSU Lurie College alumni Paige Vega, who was recently featured in Health Matters magazine for providing speech therapy to throat cancer survivor James Womack! Read the full article at http://bit.ly/2RKfPxo💙💛
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:
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.
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!
Learn about Ally Landreth, an SJSU alumni pursuing her credential in Single Subject Teacher Education at the SJSU Lurie College of Education. Ally is also the recipient of the Elementary and Secondary Education Scholarship Endowment award and the Charlotte B. Stelling Endowment Fund award for the 2019-2020 academic year!
Thought-leaders across Silicon Valley; SJSU students and faculty; policymakers, K-12 educators, and community members; and several nationally-recognized keynote speakers will convene at this event to engage in a dialogue around the central question: “What is the future of learning?”
We are delighted to announce the following Summit keynote speakers:
Christopher Cabaldon – Hazel Cramer Endowed Chair and Professor of Public Policy & Administration, Sacramento State University
Meet the Lurie College Child and Adolescent Development (ChAD) club! This SJSU club is open to all students, alumni, and faculty in the Department of Child and Adolescent Development – join their Facebook group to learn more 💙💛
Meet DeAnte, recently graduated SJSU grad student and one of the leaders of Lurie College!
“After working four incredible years at a Title I elementary school, I realized it is imperative that educators attract young students to the idea that education offers the best chance to reach limitless possibilities. My experience with the Lurie College of Education has provided a platform for me to inspire young children in a classroom setting and be living proof that with an education, opportunities are limitless.”
The Connie L. Lurie College of Education at San Jose State University is a place of transformation, where we prepare educators, counselors, therapists, and community leaders using emancipatory pedagogy across our teaching, scholarship and service. Learn more about our impact by reading through this report and join the Lurie College family by visiting sjsu.edu/education!
Meet Sandra, recently graduated SJSU grad student and one of the leaders of Lurie College!
“Looking back at my academic journey I am grateful for all of the obstacles that I have faced as a first-generation college student. Taking the less traveled route in my family led me to education which is a powerful tool that has transformed the way I see the world. I want to support, encourage, and guide ALL students towards achieving their academic goals and finding a career that they are passionate about. If I can help one person change their life with education, I have reached my goal as an educator.”
Meet Diba, recently graduated SJSU grad student and one of the leaders of Lurie College!
“Feeling nervous about being in school for the first time after so many years away, let alone as a graduate student, I couldn’t have asked for a more meaningful experience. From my first day at the Lurie College of Education, I finally felt like I had found my calling. Surrounded by inspiring professors and like-minded colleagues, I found a place where I belonged. I’ve also formed life-long bonds with some of the most amazing people. For that alone, I am forever grateful to this school.”
Meet Paula, SJSU alumni / faculty and one of the leaders of Lurie College!
“A love of learning about people brought me to Lurie College where my journey in education began in the Credential Program. I went on to teach nearly every subject in Social Science in a variety of local high schools. I returned to study equity and education in Child & Adolescent Development. Putting it all together, I now instruct undergraduates, parents, and preschoolers, and work with teacher candidates and faculty across departments as a Coordinator in the Single Subject Program.”
Meet Tuan, recently graduated SJSU grad student and one of the leaders of Lurie College!
“Eleven years ago, I was disoriented and discouraged by so many obstacles when I first step my foot into this new land from Vietnam. However, what ran through my blood was the undying passion of becoming someone who would make differences. SJSU and the Lurie College of Education helped me complete my journey of becoming a school teacher, who will guide the new generation. I believe everyone has the innate ability to be successful, and I want to be a part of that process.”