Remarks from Dean Heather Lattimer | October 18, 2020

Congratulations!  You have made it more than halfway through the semester!   In a fall that has included a pandemic, remote learning, wildfires, air quality-related campus shutdowns, economic challenges, and intense political animosity, making it this far is an accomplishment.  Your efforts and your success need to be recognized and celebrated.

I want to reach out today with three messages –

  1. We are here for you! In know that many of you are in the midst of mid-term exams and papers.  In our virtual learning space, it can sometimes feel like you are isolated and alone.  Please know that you have faculty, staff, and colleagues throughout this college who care deeply about your success and are here to provide support.  Please reach out if you have questions or concerns.  Your professors, the advisors in our student success center, the staff and chair in your department, and our team in the dean’s office want to hear from you.
  2. We want you to share your experiences! We want to know what is working for you.  Understanding your experiences helps us to grow and strengthen our work as a college.  Share your ideas, successes, and appreciations using virtual sticky notes on our college Jamboard.  Read the posts of others to get ideas for finding balance, managing stress, and accessing resources.
  3. Vote! Election day is coming up on November 3.  Monday, October 19 is the last day to register.  If you are eligible to vote, please, please register and vote this year.  In addition to the presidential election, there are congressional, state, and local elected positions on the ballot as well as multiple ballot propositions that can have a direct impact on your life.  For more information on how to register and where to vote, please visit vote.org.   Your voice matters and voting is critical to determining our future.

I’ll close with gratitude.  I am so grateful to be a part of the Lurie College family.  The dedication and generosity of our students provides daily inspiration and hope.  Thank you for choosing to be part of our community and for all of the care, creativity, and commitment that you bring to each of your assignments and interactions.

Take good care and stay safe!

Deadline Extended: Student Social Justice Short Film Festival

In recent months, we’ve witnessed a significant amount of advocacy around social justice issues such as addressing racial injustice and systemic racism, greater access to healthcare, home and food insecurity, wealth inequality and unemployment, climate change, and more.  With that in mind, Lurie College is organizing a Student Social Justice Short Film Festival to amplify the voices of middle school, high school, community college, and university students around what social justice issues are significant to them.  Learn more and submit your 1-3 minute film by Monday, October 26, at sjsu.edu/education/film-festival

Attend the Navigating Studenting and Parenting During COVID-19 Panel

SJSU Lurie College of Education Navigating Studenting and Parenting During COVID-19

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Join a panel of SJSU Lurie College of Education faculty, staff, and students on Friday, October 23, at 2pm to gather insights, resources, and support around being both an SJSU student and a parent of one or more children in elementary school.  Topics for the panel are likely to include:

  • Social-emotional and mental health
  • Networking with student-parents
  • Navigating the elementary school system
  • Balancing studenting and parenting

To RSVP and get access to the Zoom link for this panel, complete the brief Google form below.

Join Lurie College for a Conversation on Abolitionist Teaching with Dr. Bettina Love

Join the SJSU Connie L. Lurie College of Education on Tuesday, November 10, from 5-6pm for a conversation with Dr. Bettina Love, who is an Associate Professor of Educational Theory & Practice at the University of Georgia, the author of We Want To Do More Than Survive: Abolitionist Teaching and the Pursuit of Educational Freedom, and one of the founders of the Abolitionist Teaching Network, which develops and supports educators to fight injustice within their schools and communities.

Dr. Love’s talk will discuss the struggles and the possibilities of committing ourselves to an abolitionist goal of educational freedom and intersectional justice, so we all can move beyond what she calls the educational survival complex. Abolitionist Teaching is built on the creativity, imagination, boldness, ingenuity, and rebellious spirit and methods of abolitionists to demand and fight for an educational system and world where all students are thriving, not simply survivin.

Please complete the form below to RSVP and receive the link to the Zoom webinar.  Live captions will be available at this event.

Watch Episode 4 of Emancipatory Education Now

Emancipatory Education Now is a new student-led initiative at the SJSU Lurie College of Education that examines what emancipatory education – the critical evaluation of the systems and structures of oppression that maintain the status quo in our educational institutions – looks like in today’s society and advocates for the expansion of emancipatory education research, policies, and practices.  In this episode, Anne leads a dialogue with Gabi, Jackie, Leslye, and Vinson as they dive deeper into cultures of power in the classroom.

The call to action for this episode: Take some time to invest in your own cultural responsiveness – utilize the resources below as a starting point!

Join us live for the next episode on Monday, October 26, at 7:15pm on the Lurie College YouTube channel at bit.ly/lurie-youtube.  

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Attend the Lurie College Faculty Research Symposium

Join our Lurie College faculty at our upcoming Faculty Research Symposium events as they present their research related to diversity, social justice and culturally sustaining pedagogy!

SJSU Lurie College of Education Fall 2020 Faculty Research Symposium 1

Thursday, October 29, 3-4:15pm, Zoom

  • Saili Kulkarni, PhD – Assistant Professor, Department of Special Education
    • “DisCrit at the Margins of Teacher Education”
  • Tammie Visintainer, PhD – Assistant Professor, Department of Teacher Education
    • “Empowering Secondary Science Educators as Equity Advocates and Designers of Transformative Justice-Centered Science Learning Environments”
  • Luis Poza, PhD – Assistant Professor, Department of Teacher Education
    • “To Be Seen and Heard: Dignity, Language, and Educational Rights in the United States”

Thursday, November 12, 3-3:45pm, Zoom

  • Eduardo Muñoz-Muñoz, PhD – Assistant Professor, Department of Teacher Education
    • “The California Schools that are Coming: Towards Multilingual K-12 Programs beyond ‘Alignment'”
  • Rebeca Burciaga, PhD – Associate Professor and Interim Chair, Department of Educational Leadership
    • “Testimonio as an Emancipatory Pedagogy”

Listen to Episode 6 of the Book Boat Podcast

SJSU Lurie College of Education alumni Alejandra Valencia (MA/Multiple Subject Credential Program) and Jocelyn Rodriguez (MA/Multiple Subject Credential Program) have released the sixth episode of their podcast, The Book Boat!  In this episode, Let’s Have The Conversation, they dive into approaching sensitive topics with students through the book Something Happened in Our Town: A Child’s Story about Racial Injustice.

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Lurie College Student Featured in EdSource

Congratulations to SJSU Alumni and Department of Teacher Education student Erin Enguero, who was interviewed by EdSource to discuss her experiences with our K-12 Online Teaching Academy! Read the EdSource article and learn more about our K-12 Online Teaching Academy.

SJSU Lurie College of Education Teacher Education Department Student Erin Enguero

SJSU Lurie College of Education K-12 Online Teaching Academy Square

SJSU Lurie College of Education Fall 2020 Graduation Celebration

SJSU Lurie College of Education Fall 2020 Graduation Celebration

While we at the Lurie College of Education are saddened that we are unable to have an in-person commencement ceremony during the Fall 2020 semester as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak, we also realize the importance of continuing to follow our current public health orders for the health and safety of our families, our communities, and society as a whole.  Despite these constraints, we still want to celebrate with all of our Lurie College graduates this semester to recognize their accomplishments and perseverance, even if we must do so in a virtual environment.

Plans are underway for a live, virtual Lurie College of Education Graduation Celebration on Friday, December 18, at 4pm and we will send out an email invitation with more detailed information to our graduates, faculty, and staff in the near future.  Graduating students can still apply to become the graduation speaker by submitting a 3-5 minute video of you reciting your speech by Sunday, October 11, via this Google form.  To nominate a Lurie College faculty member who you’d like to speak at the graduation celebration, please email luriecollege@sjsu.edu with the name of the faculty member and a 1-2 sentence description of why you are nominating them by Sunday, October 18.

More information about graduation and commencement for Lurie College of Education students is available at sjsu.edu/education/graduation.

Read the 2019-20 Lurie College of Education Annual Report

At the SJSU Lurie College of Education, we prepare transformative educators, counselors, therapists, school and community leaders.  We do this through an emancipatory approach across our teaching, scholarship, and service.  While this has been a challenging and tumultuous year, our annual report shines a light on the numerous ways that we’ve embodied these principles and the many reasons for gratitude, pride, and hope in the work of our Lurie College students, faculty, staff, and alumni.  Read the 2019-2020 annual report.

Watch Episode 3 of Emancipatory Education Now

Emancipatory Education Now is a new student-led initiative at the SJSU Lurie College of Education that examines what emancipatory education – the critical evaluation of the systems and structures of oppression that maintain the status quo in our educational institutions – looks like in today’s society and advocates for the expansion of emancipatory education research, policies, and practices.  In this episode, Leslye leads a dialogue with Anne, Gabi, Jackie, and Vinson as they dive deeper into the topic of California’s Proposition 16 and the implications of universities and government offices ability to factor in someone’s race, gender or ethnicity in making hiring, spending and admissions decisions.

The call to action for this episode: Research and discuss the upcoming California propositions so you can make a well-informed decision on election day, which is Tuesday, November 3, 2020!  Eligible California voters can register to vote by Monday, October 19, at sos.ca.gov/elections/voter-registration

A few additional resources they mention include:

Join us live for the next episode on Monday, October 12, at 7:15pm on the Lurie College YouTube channel at bit.ly/lurie-youtube.  

Connect with Lurie College at https://linktr.ee/sjsulurie to receive more news about academic and student life!

12th Annual Marion Cilker Conference for Arts in Education

This year, the conference will take place online on Fri., Nov. 6th, and Sat., Nov. 7th. The conference features two days of professional development addressing the conditions of the new environment of learning and teaching by curating sessions with a strong focus on integrated learning, inclusion, and culturally responsive teaching through the arts while continuing to feature standards-based workshops in the arts and arts integration. In the true spirit of the arts, our workshops continue to exemplify creativity, excellence, and cultural inclusivity.

This conference is co-sponsored by the SJSU Lurie College of Education and the Santa Clara County Office of Education.  Learn more and register (free for SJSU students) at sites.google.com/sccoe.org/cilkerconference2020

SJSU Lurie College of Education Cilker Conference for Arts in Education

Help Shape Upcoming Lurie College LGBTQ+ Support and Inclusion Training Sessions

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

Lurie College of Education faculty Robert Marx and Kyoung Mi Choi will conduct training sessions for SJSU faculty, administrators, and staff around LGBTQ+ support and inclusion at SJSU. In preparation for that training, they are seeking current SJSU students who identify as LGBTQ+ to participate in their research about their experiences on campus and in class, as well as their suggestions for how SJSU could be improved. All the data they collect will be confidential, and your name will not be associated with any of your responses. Your responses may be shared with members of our campus community, including professors, staff, and administrators in the College of Education and across campus, but no identifying information will be included. To share your input with Dr. Marx and Dr. Choi, please complete this brief Google form.  If you’re taking this survey on a mobile device, please turn it sideways [landscape mode] so that you can see all response options.

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Join Lurie College for Episode 3 of Emancipatory Education Now

Emancipatory Education Now is a new student-led initiative at the SJSU Lurie College of Education that examines what emancipatory education – the critical evaluation of the systems and structures of oppression that maintain the status quo in our educational institutions – looks like in today’s society and advocates for the expansion of emancipatory education research, policies, and practices.  In this episode, Gabi leads a dialogue with Anne, Jackie, Leslye, and Vinson as they dive deeper into the topic of ethnic studies and how the implementation of ethnic studies in education is empowering, engaging, and beneficial for all students.

The call to action for this episode: Reflect on and discuss a time from your K-12 experience where you learned a view of history that you later learned was untrue or didn’t portray the full story!

A few additional resources they mention include:

Join us live for the next episode on Monday, October 5, at 7:15pm on the Lurie College YouTube channel at bit.ly/lurie-youtube.  

Connect with Lurie College at https://linktr.ee/sjsulurie to receive more news about academic and student life!

Upcoming Lurie College Student Org Meetings

Join our Lurie College student orgs for their upcoming meetings!

SJSU Lurie College of Education Communicative Disorders and Sciences National Speech Language Hearing Student Association

SJSU Lurie College of Education Child and Adolescent Development Department ChAD Student Club

Listen to Episode 5 of the Book Boat Podcast

SJSU Lurie College of Education alumni Alejandra Valencia (MA/Multiple Subject Credential Program) and Jocelyn Rodriguez (MA/Multiple Subject Credential Program) have released the fifth episode of their podcast, The Book Boat!  In this episode, The Power of Names, they discuss the books The Name Jar and Alma and How She Got Her Name.

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Lurie College Hardship Fund Requests

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.

SJSU Lurie College of Education Hardship Fund

Latinx students at SJSU, Please Share Your Experiences of COVID-19

Dear Lurie College students,

My name is Karina Chavez. I am a current SJSU student pursuing my Master’s degree in Child and Adolescent Development.  My career objective is to contribute to a broader understanding that helps bridge inequities in our society by contributing to research that focuses on community well being.

COVID-19 has impacted everyone in different ways.  It is important to focus on how Latinx students at San Jose State University are being affected.  This study aims to better understand the stressors experienced by Latinx college students during COVID-19 Shelter-in-Place, the academic challenges, and how students cope.

Your participation involves a survey that will take about 15 minutes to complete.  The survey inquires about your experiences during the COVID-19 Shelter-in-Place.  To thank you for participating, you will be eligible to enter a drawing for a $20 Amazon gift card.  The likelihood of winning a gift card is approximately 60%. Complete the survey at sjsu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_8wu9DWcU0JGR2TP

Thank you!

Join us for the Next Episode of Emancipatory Education Now

Emancipatory Education Now is a new student-led initiative at the SJSU Lurie College of Education that examines what emancipatory education – the critical evaluation of the systems and structures of oppression that maintain the status quo in our educational institutions – looks like in today’s society and advocates for the expansion of emancipatory education research, policies, and practices. In the first episode, you can learn more about our student co-hosts through their name stories:

  • Anne Lockmiller – Counselor Education
  • Gabi Gupta – Sociology
  • Jackie Lopez Rivas – Child & Adolescent Development
  • Leslye Tinson – Ed.D. Leadership Program
  • Vinson Vu – Business and Child & Adolescent Development

They also share a preview of some of the topics they plan to discuss in more detail later this semester and begin a dialogue regarding the implementation of ethnic studies at the California State University and K-12 levels. A few additional resources they mention include:

Join us live for the next episode on Monday, September 21, at 7:15pm on the Lurie College YouTube channel at bit.ly/lurie-youtube.  

Connect with Lurie College at https://linktr.ee/sjsulurie to receive more news about academic and student life!

Join us at the Lurie College Deans’ Forum

SJSU Lurie College of Education Fall 2020 Deans Forum 3

Lurie College students, join Dean Heather Lattimer and Associate Dean Marcos Pizarro for a conversation on Friday, September 25, from 3-4pm to share insights about your Fall 2020 semester experiences thus far!  The Zoom link will be emailed to all Lurie College students’ via a Google calendar invitation.

Listen to Episode 4 of the Book Boat Podcast

SJSU Lurie College of Education alumni Alejandra Valencia (MA/Multiple Subject Credential Program) and Jocelyn Rodriguez (MA/Multiple Subject Credential Program) have released the fourth episode of their podcast, The Book Boat!  In this episode, The Beginning of Conversations Around Race in the Classroom, they discuss books such as Not Quite Snow White and Let’s Talk About Race and discuss critical questions such as:

  • Who writes stories?
  • Who benefits from stories?
  • Who is missing from stories?

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