Opportunities for Early Childhood Connections

SJSU Associated Students Child Development Center

If you are passionate about helping young children, under age 5, reach their full potential, here are two chances to connect with your early childhood people this summer and beyond. These opportunities are open to anyone interested in working with young children – as a teacher, therapist, counselor, program director, or any of the other professions committed to young children.

Apply for Early Childhood Connections to get together and cultivate relationships with current students and Spring 2020 graduates from across SJSU Lurie College of Education programs who share career goals related to early childhood. You will engage in six (online for now) networking meetings, starting in August, to build community, learn from alumni and other professionals already in the field, and build your path as you pursue a career involving young children. Participants will have a chance to shape the program as it unfolds, from August 2020 to April 2021 and will earn a $200 stipend for their commitment. Supported by the LCOE and the SJSU Early Childhood Institute, this is an opportunity to learn, grow, lead and most importantly, connect! Questions? Email us at earlychildhoodinstitute@sjsu.edu

Join the Early Childhood Student Alumni Network, a recognized student group that is building a broader interdisciplinary network of current San Jose State University students interested in working with young children and alumni currently in the field.

Whether you are graduating this spring or continuing on in your journey through SJSU, we hope one or both of these opportunities is right for you!

Watch the Faces of Learning Student Researcher Panel

During the Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 semesters, a group of SJSU undergraduate student researchers met with students across campus to get a deeper understanding of their learning experiences and then utilized photography and narrative to shine a light on those students’ learning experiences.

Watch this virtual Student Researcher Panel to learn from those who were most involved in this project and visit http://sjsu.edu/education/faces to view their student-curated exhibition.

Watch the Lurie College Faculty Research Symposium

Watch the recording from our Faculty Research Symposium, which took place on Friday, April 10, and showcased SJSU Lurie College faculty and the impact of their research! Presenters in this symposium included:

  • Eduardo Muñoz-Muñoz, PhD | Assistant Professor, Department of Teacher Education | “Targeting linguistic targets: Academic English, Standard English, and ideologies among preservice teachers” | Presentation starts at 5:34
  • Nadia Sorkhabi, PhD | Professor, Department of Child & Adolescent Development | “Mothers’ and Fathers’ Parenting Style and Emerging Adults’ Academic Achievement: Self-construal, Self-esteem, and Parental Psychological Control as Mediators” | Presentation starts at 32:19
  • Shawn Vecellio, PhD | Lecturer, Department of Teacher Education | “Using Clearness Committees to Address Teacher Candidates’ Critical Incidents” | Presentation starts at 1:05:39

Lurie College Faculty Recognized by CCTE

Shoutout to Teacher Education Department faculty Lara Kassab, who was recently recognized by the California Council on Teacher Education (CCTE) for the virtual instruction tutorials that she has recently created to support faculty in response to COVID-19.  View the tutorials at bit.ly/PlaylistsOnlineTeachingKassab.

SJSU Lurie College of Education Teacher Education Department Faculty Lara Kassab

Join us at the Lurie College Faculty Research Symposium

SJSU Lurie College of Education faculty, staff, students, alumni, and friends are invited to attend our Faculty Research Symposium on Friday, April 10, from 12:30-2pm, which will showcase several Lurie College faculty and the impact of their research!  Join the Zoom webinar at sjsu.zoom.us/j/794703207. Presenters include:

  • Eduardo Muñoz-Muñoz, PhD | Assistant Professor, Department of Teacher Education
    • Presentation: “Targeting linguistic targets: Academic English, Standard English, and ideologies among preservice teachers”
  • Nadia Sorkhabi, PhD | Professor, Department of Child & Adolescent Development
    • Presentation: “Mothers’ and Fathers’ Parenting Style and Emerging Adults’ Academic Achievement: Self-construal, Self-esteem, and Parental Psychological Control as Mediators”
  • Shawn Vecellio, PhD | Lecturer, Department of Teacher Education
    • Presentation: “Using Clearness Committees to Address Teacher Candidates’ Critical Incidents”

SJSU Lurie College of Education Spring 2020 Faculty Research Symposium

#IBelongAtLurieCollege | Charline Tenorio

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 brian.cheungdooley@sjsu.edu 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.”

SJSU Lurie College of Education Communicative Disorders and Sciences Department Student Charline Tenorio

Crowdsourced Resources for Educators

SJSU Lurie College of Education Communicative Disorders and Sciences Clinic

The SJSU Lurie College of Education faculty members have been crowdsourcing and sharing resources with one another as we’ve transitioned into a remote, virtual teaching and learning environment.  We would like to share these resources with Lurie College of Education students, alumni, and partners who may find them useful in their work.  The list below is in no particular order and are not necessarily endorsed by the Lurie College of Education.

Early Childcare Providers are on the Front Lines of the Coronavirus Pandemic

Please call your federally-elected official to ask for their support in providing emergency funding to maintain high-quality child care.

SJSU Associated Students Child Development Center

In order to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), schools have closed down across the region and the country, sending children of all ages home for extended periods of time.

Working parents are therefore facing unprecedented challenges in determining how to balance child care and work responsibilities. Those who are able to work from home must meet the needs of their children while remotely addressing responsibilities under rapidly evolving work conditions. Moreover, with the increased risks of exposure to coronavirus among older adults, grandparents may not be able to safely fill in as back-up caregivers.

With the economy reeling from the coronavirus crisis and the complications and consequences of hitting pause on the work of small and large businesses, schools, and other public entities, many employers and working parents will struggle to find a way through. While employers may allow some flexibility, it is clear that both working parents and the caregivers who support their children are critical to keeping the economy going.

Meanwhile, some parents simply must continue to work on site, including first responders (firefighters, police, nurses, etc.) and those deemed to be in essential roles. Importantly, the Santa Clara County Health Officer’s Shelter in Place Order recognizes childcare providers within this essential workforce, as their services enable other exempted employees to continue working.

As employers and employees throughout the region scramble to adjust to the shelter in place order and to flatten the curve, child care workers are being asked to serve on the front line of the coronavirus pandemic. This crisis highlights the importance of ECE providers to society and economic stability – not just now, but always. Meanwhile, these providers are themselves frequently living on the edge of economic security given persistent low wages. As a society, we need to recognize the importance of ECE providers. In light of this and other emergencies and natural disasters, resources should be provided directly to childcare providers, recognizing the role that they play in maintaining safe environments for children and facilitating adults’ continued involvement in the workforce. Furthermore, in order to maintain this workforce, they must be paid a worthy wage that not only keeps them out of poverty, but one that adequately compensates them for the role they play in society.

Written by the Early Childhood Institute (ECI) at San José State University, which is led by Dr. Andrea Golloher, Dr. Emily Slusser, and Dr. Maria Fusaro.  Recognizing the potential each and every child brings into the world, ECI promotes equitable and inclusive access to high-quality early learning experiences by collaborating with campus and community partners; advancing applied research; building the capacity of early childhood professionals; and advocating for professionals, young children, and their families.

Lurie College Faculty Present at Bilingual Education Conference

Shoutout to SJSU Lurie College faculty Eduardo Muñoz-Muñoz, Marcella McCollum, and Matt Love, who recently presented their interdisciplinary work on the development of dual language programs in California at the National Association of Bilingual Education Conference!

SJSU Lurie College of Education Faculty Eduardo Munoz-Munoz Marcella McCollum Matthew Love

Computer Science is for Every Classroom

Join us on Friday, March 20, from 10am-12pm in SH 331 to gain new perspectives on the importance of integrating computer science into K-12 education – lunch is included!

  • This workshop will define computer science and its connection to future careers and explore why access to computer science concepts impacts the education outcomes of every student.
  • Through hands-on activities and conversations, participants will discover what meaningful Computer Science integration looks like in K-12 classrooms.
  • By the end of this workshop participants will begin to envision themselves as computer science educators. No experience with computer science is necessary, but bring a laptop for the fun!

Computer Science is for Every Classroom - 3.20

A New Perspective on Computer Science

Join us on Friday, February 28, from 10am-12pm in the Student Success Center – SH 106 – to gain new perspectives on the importance of integrating computer science into K-12 education!

  • This workshop will define computer science and its connection to future careers and explore why access to computer science concepts impacts the education outcomes of every student.
  • Through hands-on activities and conversations, participants will discover what meaningful Computer Science integration looks like in K-12 classrooms.
  • By the end of this workshop participants will begin to envision themselves as computer science educators. No experience with computer science is necessary, but bring a laptop for the fun!

SJSU Lurie College of Education A New Perspective on Computer Science

Lurie College Faculty Advocate for Worthy Wages for Teachers

Shoutout to Lurie College faculty Emily Slusser, Andrea Golloher, and Maria Fusaro, who recently published the commentary “To provide quality care for infants and toddlers, California must pay teachers a worthy wage” on behalf of their SJSU Early Childhood Institute! Read their piece on the Cal Matters website at http://bit.ly/2vXynRG.  To learn more about the SJSU Early Childhood Institute, visit sjsu.edu/education/academics/eci

SJSU Lurie College of Education Early Childhood Institute Emily Slusser Andrea Golloher Maria Fusaro

Student Spotlight | Monica Gonzalez

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 Department of Special Education student Monica Gonzalez, who has received a grant to pursue a special research project, to learn more about her experiences and how they have shaped her going forward.  Listen to Monica’s insights below!

SJSU Lurie College of Education Special Education Graduate Student Monica Gonzalez

“My motivation for pursuing this research project is the lack of research available on differentiated instruction for English language learners with mild-to-moderate disabilities. When I was conducting my literature review, I noticed that there was specific research on English language learners, specific research on children with autism, specific research on children who have a specific learning disability, but not a lot of research on English language learners who have autism or English language learners who have a specific learning disability.”

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Learn about the New Lurie College Strategic Plan

Watch or listen to the conversation below to meet several of the SJSU Lurie College of Education Students who recently participated on the Lurie College Strategic Planning Committee in preparation for the launch of the plan during the Spring 2020 semester!

  • Jessica Doushgounian – Undergraduate student, majoring in Communicative Disorders and Sciences, minoring in Deaf Education
  • Katelyn Mora – Undergraduate student, majoring in Child and Adolescent Development with a community focus, minoring in Early Childhood Special Education
  • Marili Avalos – Graduate student, Counseling and Guidance
  • Paulette Lamonico Bavilacqua – Credential student, Moderate to Severe Special Education

Current Lurie College students, faculty, and staff are highly encouraged to submit an initial proposal for a Strategic Plan Seed Grant for the 2020-2021 academic year by Monday, March 2, 2020.  More details about our strategic plan are available at sjsu.edu/education/about.

Connect with Lurie College at https://linktr.ee/sjsulurie to receive more news about academic and student life! Video recorded and edited by Brian Cheung Dooley. “Adventure” provided royalty free by bensound.com.

Lurie College Faculty Publishes Policy Report

Congratulations to Teacher Education Department faculty member Eduardo Muñoz-Muñoz, who recently published “English Language Learners and the Local Control Funding Formula” in collaboration with Pivot Learning and Policy Analysis for California Education (PACE)!  Give the report a read at http://bit.ly/2uJdppv

SJSU Lurie College of Education Teacher Education Faculty Eduardo Munoz-Munoz

What do you envision the future of learning will include?

SJSU Lurie College of Education Future of Learning Summit Shar Naidu

Listen to Shar Naidu, Master’s Degree Candidate in Occupational Therapy at SJSU, discuss discovering creativity, pizza, and more at the SJSU Lurie College Future of Learning Summit!  To learn more about the Future of Learning Initiative, visit sjsu.edu/education/fli and the #SJSUFutureLearn hashtag thread on Twitter.

Connect with Lurie College at https://linktr.ee/sjsulurie to receive more news about academic and student life! Audio recorded by the SJSU Student Union Theater and edited by Brian Cheung Dooley and Katelyn Zamarron.

What do you envision the future of learning will include?

SJSU Lurie College of Education Future of Learning Summit Arun Ramanathan

Listen to Arun Ramanathan, CEO of Pivot Learning, discuss his vision for a world without labels during his speech at the SJSU Lurie College Future of Learning Summit!  To learn more about the Future of Learning Initiative, visit sjsu.edu/education/fli and the #SJSUFutureLearn hashtag thread on Twitter.

Connect with Lurie College at https://linktr.ee/sjsulurie to receive more news about academic and student life! Audio recorded by the SJSU Student Union Theater and edited by Brian Cheung Dooley and Katelyn Zamarron.

What do you envision the future of learning will include?

SJSU Lurie College of Education Future of Learning Summit Laura Quintana

Listen to Laura Quintana, Vice President of Corporate Affairs at Cisco, discuss how she learned to converse with adults as a child, what’s needed to prepare for the jobs of the future, and more during her speech at the SJSU Lurie College of Education’s Future of Learning Summit! To learn more and join the conversation, visit sjsu.edu/education/fli and the #SJSUFutureLearn hashtag thread on Twitter.

Connect with Lurie College at https://linktr.ee/sjsulurie to receive more news about academic and student life! Audio recorded by the SJSU Student Union Theater and edited by Brian Cheung Dooley and Katelyn Zamarron.