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.
Lurie College is excited to welcome its newest staff member in the Student Success Center, Maricela Alvarez, to join our community beginning in the Fall 2020 semester!
My name is Maricela Alvarez and I have been blessed with the opportunity to support the Lurie College of Education in my role as an Academic Advisor. Four
years after my birth in Michoacán, México, my parents migrated to the East Side of Salinas, CA where I was raised. In East Salinas, I met families who shared immigrant stories like my own; I experienced families’ resilience, perseverance, and a deep desire to honor their parents’ sacrifices to attain a better life. Seeing how my parents worked in the fields from sunrise to sunset and dedicated their efforts to ensure my siblings and I prioritized our education, ignited my passion for serving students and families.
With the support, guidance, and motivation of my parents, siblings, teachers, and counselors, I attended Santa Clara University (SCU). While in college, I participated in a service-learning project paired with the National Hispanic University (NHU). After graduating from SCU, I became an Academic Advisor for the Upward Bound Program and subsequently supported first-year college students through NHU’s First Year Experience Program as the Retention Specialist. My work at NHU allowed me to identify with students and continue to support and motivate them as first-generation students from low-income communities wanting to pursue their college aspirations. During this time, I obtained a Master’s degree in Higher Education from Walden University.
After NHU closed its doors, I joined Luis Valdez Leadership Academy, a charter college preparatory high school where I collaborated with teachers, administrators, community members, and parents to develop a parent program that engages and empowers parents in the educational journeys of their children. Having the opportunity to work with students and families is not simply a job – it is a calling and a responsibility. I am excited to begin this journey and to learn from all of you as we join forces to support our SJSU students and celebrate their success.
Watch the opening remarks from SJSU Lurie College of Education Dean Heather Lattimer and Associate Dean Marcos Pizarro from the first Dean’s Forum of the Fall 2020 semester. In this forum, they acknowledge the multiple crises we’re all juggling as we transition into the semester and begin to discuss first steps in moving forward in our determination to prepare transformative educators, counselors, therapists, school and community leaders. Join us for more upcoming Dean’s Forums at:
- Friday, September 25, 3-4pm
- Wednesday, October 21, 3-4pm
- Thursday, November 19, 3-4pm
Dean Lattimer and Associate Dean Pizarro would also like to form a student social justice ambassador group that meets with the deans periodically throughout the semester to identify and discuss ways to advance the college’s social justice priorities. To express interest in joining this group, please complete this brief Google form.
We are seeking a new analyst to join our Lurie College of Education family and support our Child and Adolescent Development students, faculty, and department. Please share the job posting – https://bit.ly/3gFPRE1 – with anyone that you think would find it of interest. Applications are due by Thursday, September 10.
Shoutout to Lurie College Dean Heather Lattimer, who was asked to speak as a panelist along with California State Senator Connie Leyva, California Teachers Association President E. Toby Boyd, Sacramento City Unified Superintendent Jorge Aguilar, and California State Assemblymember Shirley N. Weber about “Public Education in the Midst of COVID” at the recent Silicon Valley Leadership Group Education Summit. Watch the full conversation below!
Lurie College is excited to welcome its newest staff member in the Student Success Center, Francesca Teixeira, to join our community beginning in the Fall 2020 semester!
Hello everyone! My name is Francesca Teixeira and I am the new Student Retention and Graduation Specialist for the Lurie College of Education! I am very excited to be joining the college and subsequently working with its staff and students! Originally born in the Bay Area and raised on the East Coast, I bring a wide array of personal life and professional experiences to my work! My educational background includes attending Solano Community College (Fairfield, CA) where I received 2 AAs in Psychology and Liberal Studies. I then transferred to San Francisco State (SFSU) where I obtained a BA in Psychology with a minor in Sexuality Studies. After taking a few years off I returned to San Francisco State to pursue my Masters in Counseling with specializations in College and Career Counseling. After graduating in 2016, I continued working at SF State as an academic advisor for a grant-funded educational program specializing in degree attainment for Early Childhood educators. In addition to advising I taught part-time in the Masters of Counseling department teaching graduate level Counseling courses. My heart has always been and will be in student success! I look forward to being a part of SJSU and the Lurie College family. Regardless if you’re a faculty, staff, and/or student, my role is to continually support you!
Lurie College is hiring a full-time staff member to join our diverse and experienced team and to support our SJSU Ed.D. Leadership Program! To learn more and apply by July 6, visit bit.ly/lurie-eddstaff.
We are seeking a new Student Retention and Graduation Specialist to join our Lurie College of Education family and academic advising team. Please share the job posting – https://bit.ly/2TrdZ4A – with anyone that you think would find it of interest. Applications are due by Friday, May 29.
Although the COVID-19 pandemic has significantly impacted so many facets of society over the past couple of months, that’s not stopping the Lurie College of Education at San Jose State University from organizing a live graduation celebration to recognize its more than 500 Spring 2020 graduates (and soon-to-be alumni)!
This is an incredibly significant moment for our graduates, their support networks, our Lurie College of Education community, and our society as a whole. College commencement ceremonies are a rite of passage for students every year who have worked tirelessly to prepare themselves for the next chapters in their lives. While we are saddened that we are not able to celebrate with our graduates in person at this time as a result of COVID-19, we are proud of how our entire Lurie College community of students, faculty, and staff have responded and persevered during this pandemic, and so it’s our priority to celebrate virtually with our graduates to acknowledge their accomplishments and bring some closure to their academic experiences with us. We look forward to welcoming our graduates back to campus and celebrating in person together at the Fall 2020 or Spring 2021 Commencement events. – Dean Heather Lattimer
The Lurie College Graduation Celebration will take place online on Friday, May 22, at 4pm and begin with a college-wide ceremony that will include remarks from Dean Heather Lattimer, Associate Dean Marcos Pizarro, and student speaker Giselle Arellano, who is graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Child and Adolescent Development.
It feels really special to be the graduation speaker, especially during these times. When I was first selected as the speaker, it was more of an ‘I did it’ moment as a first-generation student of an immigrant family and someone who is representing that small percentage of graduating Latinas all over the world. Now it feels like I am the person who is able to voice what I’m hearing from my fellow classmates, my friends, from those who are graduating from other departments. Many of us are feeling the same sadness about not being able to celebrate in person, but we still feel very accomplished and made it to a point where, even though the odds may not be in our favor right now, we still can celebrate and know that ‘we did it’! – Giselle Arellano
Each Spring 2020 graduate will also be recognized during the college-wide ceremony. Lurie College graduates, faculty, and staff have been invited to attend the event live and family and friends are invited to watch the ceremony live on the Lurie College YouTube channel.
After the college-wide ceremony, each Lurie College department – Child & Adolescent Development, Communicative Disorders & Sciences, Counselor Education, EdD Leadership, Special Education, and Teacher Education – is hosting an online reception to include remarks from faculty chairpersons, individualized slideshows, and socializing among graduates, faculty, and staff to close out the academic year.
Since this year’s experience is entirely digital, Lurie College has created some other digital items to enhance the experience, such as:
- A custom Zoom background for graduates to use during their department receptions
- A custom Facebook frame for graduates to show their pride in becoming a new SJSU Lurie College of Education alumni
- A digital image to share on social media
- A custom Snapchat lens to use on the desktop application Snapcamera to integrate with Zoom
San Jose State University as a whole is honoring and celebrating all Spring 2020 graduates by launching graduate recognition websites, which will go live on Friday, May 22. Learn more about the San Jose State University graduate recognition websites on the SJSU Newsroom website.
I’m looking forward to seeing everyone’s faces and feeling that overall sense of relief in knowing that, while this journey seemed daunting at first, I’m finally able to say ‘I’m a graduate’ and complete something that I’ve been working towards for so long. Overall, this all feels very surreal and amazing! – Giselle Arellano
We’re building community at the SJSU Lurie College of Education while sheltering-in-place. Challenge a friend, classmate, professors, advisors, or colleague to answer 10 questions in 2 minutes using 1 take. You choose the questions (nothing designed to embarrass please). If you record a video of the responses and share it on social media, tag us @sjsulurie and then pass on the challenge. If you’ve already been interviewed, it’s your turn to interview someone else. Watch Briettny Curtner, graduate student in the Department of Counselor Education, interview Dean Heather Lattimer, and then Dean Heather Lattimer interview Associate Dean Marcos Pizarro in the videos below.
Join Janene, Annie, Saul, and Krista from the Lurie College of Education Student Success Center on Wed., Mar. 25, from 11am-12pm to share what’s on your mind! Join the conversation via Zoom at https://sjsu.zoom.us/j/688703056.
Watch this video for a message from Dean Heather Lattimer following the announcement from SJSU that the Spring 2020 Commencement ceremonies have been postponed in response to COVID-19. Those who are eligible to complete their academic programs, apply for graduation (undergraduate) or candidacy (graduate), and fulfill all of their academic requirements will still graduate as planned. If you are experiencing a financial hardship during this time, please visit http://sjsu.edu/education/financial-aid to apply for a Lurie College of Education Hardship Grant.
This story was originally posted on the SJSU Newsroom website by Robin McElhatton.
San Jose State’s Connie L. Lurie College of Education had an impressive showing in the 2021 U.S. News and World Report Best Graduate Schools rankings.
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.
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As SJSU and our society at large are temporarily transitioning to a more remote, virtual environment, it’s crucial to identify ways to continue to cultivate a sense of connection with one another and to practice self-care. Listen to this video chat with Saul Ruiz, Janene Perez, Annie Nobuhiro, and Krista Stirling from our Lurie College Student Success Center to learn more about how they are planning to practice self-care during this time. Connect with us on Instagram – @sjsulurie and @luriesuccess – for more announcements, opportunities, and resources!
The SJSU Career Center Counselor for Lurie College, Christine Bautista, is now available for virtual appointments via Zoom on Mondays from 1-2:30pm and Tuesdays: 1:30-3:30pm. To schedule an appointment with Christine, login to sjsu.joinhandshake.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Christine is also hosting a virtual LinkedIn for Educators workshop on Tuesday, April 7, from 3-4:30pm. To register for this workshop, visit http://bit.ly/lurie-workshops.
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 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!
Congratulations to SJSU Lurie College staff member Annie Nobuhiro, who recently became our Student Success Center Coordinator! Annie has fostered a caring and supportive community of belonging, connectedness, and appreciation in her previous roles in the Lurie College Dean’s Office and Department of Child and Adolescent Development and we know she will continue to do so in her new role in our Student Success Center. Stop by SH 106 to welcome her into her new role!
The 2020 institute will build on the success of the STEM Teacher Institutes piloted with great success in 2019!
These institutes are grounded in an educational equity foundation; they are built on the recognition that access for all K-12 students to high-quality STEM+C learning experiences is a social justice issue. The coordinator will be expected to lead the institute with a social justice orientation, provide on-site and online support, and assist with data collection. Under the general direction of the Director of Student Success, Recruitment and Alumni Engagement, the Stem+C Institute Coordinator will independently organize marketing, student recruitment, scheduling, field placements, registration, payments and all logistical aspects for the Stem+C Institute. The coordinator provides support to the director, faculty, and students. This position will be an essential member of the institute and will present at informational meetings to potential institute attendees.
- To learn more about this opportunity and apply by Friday, February 7, 2020, see the full position description below.
- Learn more about the Lurie College of Education via our Linktree.
The Community College Initiative (CCI) is a new project of the Lurie College of Education at SJSU!
Through certificate programs, professional development workshops, and regional convenings, the CCI will support community college faculty and staff to develop the knowledge, skills, and understandings needed to effectively teach and lead dynamic institutions that serve diverse student communities. Under the general direction of the Director of Student Success, Recruitment and Alumni Engagement the CCI will take a leading role in engaging with project partners across campus and across the region.
- To learn more about this opportunity and apply by Friday, February 7, 2020, see the full position description below.
- Learn more about the Lurie College of Education via our Linktree.
Lurie College is excited to welcome it’s new Director of Development, Barbara Ybarra, to the community!
Barbara Ybarra is passionate about ending generational poverty through access to higher education, civic engagement, and community service for students and their families. With over 20 years of local and national leadership experience in the intersection of public policy, government, and the nonprofit sector, Ms. Ybarra will join the Lurie College from the Barrio Logan College Institute (BLCI), where she has been the Interim Executive Director. Prior to serving as BLCI’s Interim Executive Director, Ms. Ybarra served as BCLI’s first Chief Advancement Officer. In this role, she grew the organization’s budget from $1.3 million to $3 million. This growth has enabled BLCI to serve over 600 students and families in a community in which only 3% of adults have a college degree.
The Lurie College of Education Credential Services office is organizing a drive to collect gently used coats, jackets, hats, gloves, and new socks. All donated items will go to the Bill Wilson Center, which provides services to more than 4,100 children, youth, young adults and families in Santa Clara County through various programs. Please stop by SH 101 from Mon., Dec. 2 – Mon., Dec. 16 if you’re able to donate!
Shoutout to Lurie College of Education Student Success Center Director Janene Perez, who was recently featured on the California State University’s Diversity Toolkit blog for highlighting some of the ways in which Lurie College has enhanced its efforts to recruit a diverse range of teaching candidates. Listen to and read what she had to say below!
Teacher educators, consider your own journey into education. Did you come from a family of educators? Or maybe you had a teacher who left an indelible mark that influenced your decision? These are inspired reasons to enter the field, but how do we reach those who never considered teaching, who may be the first in their family to attend college, or who didn’t have a teacher they connected with? Recruiting candidates with a diversity of experiences is absolutely vital to our mission of enhancing the quality of education for all students, but this work takes time, intention, and continuous reflection.
This article was originally published on the SJSU Newsroom website by Julia Halprin Jackson.
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!