Lurie College Faculty Receives SRCD Grant

SJSU Lurie College of Education Child and Adolescent Development Department Faculty Robert Marx

Congratulations to Child & Adolescent Development faculty Robert Marx, who recently received a Society for Research in Child Development Grant for his proposal “The Trans Resilience Project: Understanding Trans Youth Resilience in Communities of Color”

The Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) recognizes the importance of capacity building for early career scholars seeking to establish their research programs, especially considering the limited funding available for conducting exploratory work and particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Small Grants Program for Early Career Scholars addresses this need within developmental science by supporting pilot or small-scale research projects proposed by members who completed their doctoral degree within the last five years.

Research Feature | Kim Tsai and the Lurie College “TsaiKicks”

SJSU Lurie College of Education Child and Adolescent Development Faculty Kim Tsai Research Team

An overwhelming majority of adolescents in the U.S. receive insufficient sleep which has significant repercussions on their cognitive functioning, psychological well-being and physical health.  Relative to the increasing knowledge on the importance of sleep for healthy development, less is understood about contextual factors that promote optimal sleep.  As such, the overarching goal of this study was to investigate how family dynamics affect adolescent sleep.  Restful sleep is facilitated by perceptions of physical and emotional security and given that the family is a primary context in which important feelings of emotional safety are nurtured, it is critical to better understand how features of the family context shape adolescent sleep.

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Apply to Co-Host Emancipatory Education Now

Emancipatory Education Now is a new student-led initiative at the SJSU Lurie College of Education that examines what emancipatory education looks like in today’s society and advocates for the expansion of emancipatory education research, policies, and practices!

Student co-hosts from across Lurie College’s academic programs will meet regularly throughout the fall semester to engage in dialogue about critical topics in education and share those thoughts out with the Lurie College, SJSU, and local community.  Co-hosts will be compensated hourly for their participation and receive a high-quality USB microphone.

All current SJSU Lurie College of Education students are eligible to apply to become a co-host by Saturday, August 22, by completing this Google form.

Emancipatory Education Now

Lurie College K-12 Online Teaching Academy Featured on ABC7 News

The SJSU Lurie College of Education established our free K-12 Online Teaching Academy during the 2020 summer to support pre-service teacher candidates and current teachers to strengthen their online teaching skills and adapt to our current circumstances.  Each of the 23 webinars in the academy features a 1-1.5 hour presentation and conversation on a different topic with a current educator along with links to their slides and additional resources, and ABC7 News recently featured the academy for its impact and value.  Read the ABC7 News story at abc7ne.ws/33B9g6f and watch any of our webinars at sjsu.edu/education/k12-academy

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Lurie College Hardship Fund Requests

As the fall payment deadline approaches, remember that Lurie College has a limited amount of grant funds available to support its students who have experienced an unforeseen financial hardship that will prevent them from continuing their enrollment at Lurie College and SJSU. Awards are processed fall and spring semesters only, but advisors are available year-round. If you are a currently-enrolled Lurie College undergraduate, graduate, credential, or doctoral student who has experienced this type of hardship, please complete this brief Google form so that a Lurie College advisor can contact you.

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SJSU Faculty Members Receive $1.69M NSF Grant Award

Congratulations to Lurie College Department of Teacher Education faculty Tammie Visintainer and Associate Dean Marcos Pizarro, who are part of a team of faculty across SJSU who secured a $1.69 million dollar grant from the National Science Foundation for their proposal “Transforming Undergraduate Teaching and Learning Through Culturally Sustaining, Active and Asset-Based Approaches to Introductory Science Courses,” which aims to increase diversity, inclusion and retention in STEM!  Read the full story on the SJSU Newsroom website at https://go.sjsu.edu/2PlWosg

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Lurie College Dean Discusses Digital Divide in Education with NBC Bay Area

The transition to a remote teaching, learning, and working environment during the COVID-19 pandemic has shined a spotlight on the ongoing inequities in education when it comes to students having access to equitable learning opportunities and the resources required to support those learning opportunities.  NBC Bay Area recently interviewed Lurie College Dean Heather Lattimer to gather her insights on this – watch the video of the story below and read the full story at on the NBC Bay Area website.

Join us for the Lurie College Summer Film Series

This summer, Lurie College is hosting a Summer Film Series to bring together students, alumni, faculty, and staff to discuss films around identity.  To receive the link to any of the discussions below, register via this Google form.

Upcoming film discussions

  • Thu., Aug. 13, 4pm | Voting Matters | A woman in the U.S. works tirelessly to ensure that people of color are granted their right to vote
    • Co-hosted by the Student Success Center and Dean’s Office
    • Login to sjsu.kanopy.com with your SJSU credentials to watch the film prior to the discussion
    • Join @sjsulurie and @luriesuccess on Instagram Live for a conversation on Mon. Aug. 10, at 4pm to learn more

SJSU Lurie College of Education Summer Film Series - Voting Matters 

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Student Spotlight | Clarissa Johnston

Learn about Clarissa Johnston, recent alumni of the moderate-severe credential program in the Department of Special Education at the SJSU Lurie College of Education. Clarissa was also recognized as the Teacher of the Year of her school, Ryan STEAM Academy, and her school district, Alum Rock Union School District, for the 2019-2020 academic year!

Connect with Lurie College at linktr.ee/sjsulurie to receive more news about academic and student life. Video and audio recorded by Brian Cheung Dooley. “Storybook” provided royalty-free by Scott Holmes.

Lurie College Dean Heather Lattimer Selected as Speaker for Education Summit

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/

SJSU Lurie College of Education Dean Heather Lattimer

Research Spotlight | Queer Educators and Counselors Network

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.

SJSU Lurie College of Education Faculty Kyoung Mi Choi and Robert Marx

Educators of Impact | Manny Nuñez

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 Alumni Manny Nuñez below.  To nominate an SJSU graduate who is an Educator of Impact, please complete this brief Google form.

SJSU Lurie College of Education Educator of Impact Manuel “Manny” Nuñez

“Dr. Nunez is a graduate of the Counselor Education program and now serves as the Assistant Superintendent in charge of Human Resources in the Monterey Peninsula USD. He is a caring, conscientious educator and a strong advocate for all of his students, their families and all employees of the MPUSD. His counseling background has been a strong asset for his leadership roles.”

Student Spotlight | Kyah Cobb and Robert Abarca

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.

SJSU Lurie College of Education Communicative Disorders and Sciences Students Kyah Cobb and Robby Abarca

“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.”

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Educators of Impact | Hilaria Bauer

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 Alumni Hilaria Bauer below.  To nominate an SJSU graduate who is an Educator of Impact, please complete this brief Google form.

SJSU Lurie College of Education Educator of Impact Hilaria Bauer

“Impact through direct action and compassion the way Dr. Bauer leads her district. Whether it is working with community organizations to open family resource centers on our school campuses, or revamping the counseling support district-wide, Dr. Bauer understands that individual student socio-emotional needs have to be met before they can thrive in the classroom. Dr. Bauer works tirelessly to provide care and support to her district’s 9,000 + students, families, and staff.”

Student Spotlight | Joanna Gaeta and Samuel Bland

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!

SJSU Lurie College of Education Special Education Department Students Joanna Gaeta and Samuel Bland

“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.”

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Student Spotlight | Critical Bilingual Authorization Pathway

The SJSU Lurie College of Education provides a range of grants to students to support their academic endeavors to become transformative educators, counselors, therapists, and leaders.  We spoke with SJSU Lurie College of Education Critical Bilingual Authorization Pathway (CBAP) students Adriana Priego, Heather Simonovich, Jazmin Mendez, Olivier Castañeda, Raul Leon, Rubby Barajas, and Stephanie Muñoz, who received grants to pursue various professional development initiatives.  Listen to their insights below about how they adjusted their focus in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.  More information about the pathway, Bilingüismo y Justicia, is available at sjsu.edu/education/academics/cbap

SJSU Lurie College of Education Critical Bilingual Authorization Program CBAP Podcast

“Even when students are coming in now, students are just recently applying to the credential program are calling me – because I had them in classes in my undergrad – and asking me, ‘What do you think about this bilingual program? Or what do you think about me going into the credential program?’  I’ve said, ‘Definitely apply for a credential program and also apply for the bilingual program’ because … I had three job offers for three bilingual schools and I had to pick what school I wanted to go to and what worked best for my family.  It was because of this program, that I was able to get job offers that prepared me for the future.”

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Congratulations to our Lurie College Strategic Plan Grant Recipients

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!

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“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 robert.marx@sjsu.edu.

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Educators of Impact | Mike Espinoza

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 Alumni Mike Espinoza below.  To nominate an SJSU graduate who is an Educator of Impact, please complete this brief Google form.

SJSU Lurie College of Education Educator of Impact Mike Espinoza

“Mike is so deeply connected to his students and supporting them to bring their full identities into the classroom and school and to use those identities to help them flourish as students. His caring and commitment are a model for transformative teaching!”

SJSU Early Childhood Student-Alumni Network (ESAN) & Summer Film Series

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 esansjsu@gmail.com.

For more information about the Early Childhood Institute, visit sjsu.edu/education/eci. For more information about the Lurie College Student Organizations, visit sjsu.edu/education/organizations.

Educators of Impact | Veronica Weaver

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 Alumni Veronica Weaver below.  To nominate an SJSU graduate who is an Educator of Impact, please complete this brief Google form.

SJSU Lurie College of Education Educator of Impact Veronica Weaver

“Veronica is an early childhood special education teacher in Santa Clara County and has been actively working with families of students with disabilities to fight for inclusive educational preschool supports for students with disabilities. After the transition to Shelter-in-Place, Veronica’s role dramatically shifted as she had to provide online supports to students and their families amid COVID-19. Veronica rallied folks to provide digital stories/read alouds for her students! She is passionate about supporting inclusive education for all and has incorporated this into her Ed.D. program for her dissertation research using frameworks such as DisCrit and community cultural wealth!”

Educators of Impact | Margaret Isied

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 Alumni Margaret Isied below.  To nominate an SJSU graduate who is an Educator of Impact, please complete this brief Google form.

SJSU Lurie College of Education Educator of Impact Margaret Isied

“Margaret Isied is an Educator of Impact because of her outstanding professional expertise and leadership.  She currently works as the Lead Academic Counselor at Abraham Lincoln High School in San Jose, where she manages a team of five counseling professionals.  Always focused on student success, she has increased four-year college application acceptances for low-income and students of color and expertly collaborated with community organizations, teachers, administrators, and families.  A graduate of our Counselor Education program, Margaret has intentionally continued her professional development with designations as a College Admission Specialist and Counseling Data Specialist for ASCA.  She also leads the PublicSchool Counselor Committee for the Western Association for College AdmissionCounseling and has facilitated the dramatic increase in the organization’s public school counselor membership by 400% over two years.  Concurrently, she created professional development resources and has made compelling presentations at conferences.  In February 2020, Margaret was the kickoff speaker at the WACAC Legislative Conference in Sacramento where she brought the public school counselor perspective to life.  Margaret remains integrally connected to our program and recruited the majority of her Lincoln High counseling staff to attend the Sunday  CTC accreditation meeting.  Margaret is knowledgeable, collaborative, and leads with passion and impact.”

Student Spotlight: Erin Enguero

Learn about Erin Enguero, an SJSU alumni and current credential student in the Teacher Education – Multiple Subject program at the SJSU Lurie College of Education.  Erin was also the recipient of the Dean’s Scholarship for Exemplary Teachers 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 recorded by Brian Cheung Dooley and edited by Sydney Ahmadian. Music by Chris Haugen.

Attend Our K-12 Online Teaching Academy

The SJSU Lurie College of Education has established a FREE K-12 Online Teaching Academy from Monday, June 15 – Tuesday, July 14 to support pre-service teacher candidates and current teachers to strengthen their online teaching skills and adapt to our current circumstances.  Each webinar will feature a 60-minute presentation and conversation on a different topic with a current educator and include 30-minutes for attendees to engage in conversation with one another to expand their knowledge, resources, and networks.  Sample webinar topics include:

  • “Rethinking Assessment For the Google Generation”
  • “Synchronous & Asynchronous Tools for Distance Learning”
  • “Developing Classroom Community in Online Spaces through Humanizing Practices”
  • “Techquity- Culturally Responsive Teaching in the 21st Century Classroom”

To learn more and register for as many webinars as you’d like to, visit sjsu.edu/education/k12-academy.  Please also help spread the word to anyone who you think will find this of interest!

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Free Graduate Courses in Emancipatory School Leadership

This July, the SJSU Lurie College is launching our new Emancipatory School Leadership MA Program.  The program has particular resonance as we grapple individually and collectively with issues of institutional racism and structural inequity in the wake of the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery.  Given this urgency, we are offering both of the program’s online summer courses (July 6 – August 7) through SJSU’s Open University free of charge.  If, after two weeks of active participation in the course, students are interested in joining the cohort, they may apply to the program at no cost.  If accepted, they would be able to transfer the units towards the MA and continue with the cohort in the Fall semester (also online).  If interested, please complete this preliminary application or contact Dr. Rebeca Burciaga.

SJSU Lurie College of Education Ed.D Leadership Program Students