Statement from Dean Heather Lattimer and Associate Dean Marcos Pizarro | July 13, 2020

Dear Lurie College of Education Students,

We hope you each are taking care of yourselves and your loved ones.  It has been an intense few months for all of us.  The protests and calls for addressing institutional anti-black racism and white supremacy have inspired SJSU and the Lurie College of Education to dedicate resources and significant energy towards taking our work for racial justice and equity to a deeper level.  We want to share what we are envisioning for the new year that we hope you will be involved in:

  1. First of all, we want to hear from you, current students and recent alumni, with your ideas, needs, and priorities: we will hold a college-wide forum, you can reach out to us directly, you can share anonymously via this Google form, and departments will also provide program-specific opportunities for your input.

  2. We are working with faculty and staff to confront all the different forms and manifestations of racism that have dominated higher education for far too long.  We will identify and address the language, norms, policies, practices as well as the underlying thinking and ideologies that perpetuate racism and oppression within our college, departments, and programs.  One specific example will be to increase access of historically under-represented students to Lurie College programs by rethinking admission requirements to reflect a holistic assessment of applicants’ potential and strengths rather than an over-reliance on standardized tests.
  3. We will emphasize and grow existing and newly created opportunities to both learn about and engage in racial justice work, including:
    • a) an anti-racist Inquiry to Action Group (ITAG) that will build on key racial justice readings;
    • b) film discussion groups that will similarly use innovative racial justice themed films to explore how we can build on their insights through actions in our daily lives and collective work as a college;
    • c) launching the newest program in the college, the MA in Emancipatory School Leadership program, which will be a training ground for principals and other school leaders to do innovative equity work in our surrounding schools;
    • d) an Ethnic Studies Residency Program in East Side Union High School District where teacher candidates in secondary social science will be trained to implement transformative approaches to ethnic studies to enhance engagement and success of students of Color;
    • e) the Impact San Jose fellowship, which provides mentorship and scholarships for those dedicated to working in historically underserved communities in the San Jose area;
    • f) the Lurie College Promise Group, which supports first-generation college students to achieve success as undergrads and beyond;
    • g) including students in shaping the vision for the college through the Strategic Plan work and other leadership initiatives;
  4. Through our Student Success Center, we are also building a support network with one-on-one and group opportunities for those struggling with the realities of our past and on-going personal experiences with racism, as we create pathways for collective efforts to confront and upend the ways in which our own programs and SJSU as an institution have perpetuated inequities.
  5. We are developing a resource guide to support the entire Lurie College community in our own learning to become racial justice educators, advocates and leaders because we see this as essential to our lifelong commitment to work for justice and equity through our learning, teaching, counseling, mentorship and advocacy.  More details on this will be shared soon.

It is our collective responsibility to actively engage in anti-racist work through our daily lives as educators, counselors, therapists, school and community leaders.  Lurie College is committed to growing in this work and supporting all members of the college in being fierce anti-racist advocates.  Please reach out to us with ideas, needs, suggestions, concerns or if you need any support in pursuing our shared goals for racial justice and equity, and feel free to use this anonymous Google form to give us feedback.

In Solidarity – 

Marcos Pizarro, Associate Dean – marcos.pizarro@sjsu.edu
Heather Lattimer, Dean – heather.lattimer@sjsu.edu

Ask Me Anything – with ChAD Professor, Robert Marx

This summer, professors from the SJSU Lurie College Departments of Child & Adolescent Development and Communicative Disorders & Sciences will be joining us in conversation and community.  You can learn a little about their background, what inspired them to teach, and ask all of your questions about life at the Lurie College of Education and beyond.  On Wednesday, July 15, at 2pm, chat with Dr. Robert Marx, Assistant Professor in the Department of Child and Adolescent Development.  Register today to receive a Zoom link for this workshop!

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

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.

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.

Student Spotlight | Cristian Ponce

Learn about Cristian Ponce, an alumni credential student in the Teacher Education – Multiple Subject program at the SJSU Lurie College of Education. Cristian was also the recipient of the Emily Devore and Mabel Crumby Endowment 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 Sydney Ahmadian and edited by Sydney Ahmadian. Music by RAGE.

Watch the Lurie College Spring 2020 Graduation Celebration

Spring 2020 Graduation Celebration

The Spring 2020 SJSU Lurie College of Education Graduation Celebration took place on Friday, May 22, at 4pm!  The full recording is available above and at sjsu.edu/education/graduation.  You can also skip to a section of the recording below.

Order of Events

  • 9:56 – Video acknowledgment of Spring 2020 Lurie College graduates (alphabetized by last name) and remarks from Dean Heather Lattimer
  • 13: 29 – Remarks from Associate Dean Marcos Pizarro
  • 18:14 – Remarks from Lurie College Commencement Speaker, Giselle Arellano (undergraduate, child development)
  • 33:17 – Slideshow of collages submitted by graduates (alphabetized by last name)

If you have any questions about the Lurie College Graduation Celebration, please contact luriecollege@sjsu.edu.

SJSU Spring 2020 Graduate Recognition Websites

SJSU has also created a website to recognize all of the Spring 2020 graduates for the entire university.  Visit the recognition webpage for Lurie College of Education Spring 2020 graduates.

Congratulations, New Lurie College Alumni

SJSU Lurie College of Education Commencement Graduation Counselor Education Department New Alumni

Congratulations to our new SJSU Lurie College of Education alumni.  We have no doubt that you are prepared to be transformative educators, counselors, therapists, school and community leaders!

We would love for you to stay connected with us as you transition into your next chapters.  Visit our Alumni webpage to take advantage of the many opportunities to connect with one another, stay connected with the college, and actively participate in the continued growth of the college.

If you plan to enroll in a graduate program, credential program, or doctoral program in the future, we have numerous opportunities available and our Student Success Center Advisors are happy to assist you with your application process.

Summer Events at the Lurie College of Education

In addition to orienting our incoming fall semester students this summer, we are in the process of organizing various academic, networking, and social events, such as:

  • A K-12 Online Teaching Academy
  • Ask Me Anything sessions with Lurie College faculty
  • A summer film series, co-hosted by our Lurie College student organizations

Connect with us on Instagram, LinkedIn, Facebook, or Twitter for updates!

SJSU Lurie College of Education Summer Series

Lurie College Set to Celebrate Spring 2020 Graduates

SJSU Lurie College of Education Spring 2020 Graduation Celebration

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:

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

SJSU Lurie College of Education Child and Adolescent Development Student Giselle Arellano

Giselle Arellano, SJSU Lurie College of Education Graduation Speaker

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

Lurie College Students Curate Activist Playlist

Lurie College students who have been enrolled in EDSE 102: Typical and Atypical Development, Speech and Language Development recently read We Want to Do More Than Survive by Bettina Love and then curated an activist playlist!  Give the playlist a listen at bit.ly/lurie-playlists

We Want to do More Than Survive Bettina Love

SJSU Lurie College of Education EDSE 102 Activist Playlist

Lurie College Recognizes Local Future Educators

Each year at SJSU, the Lurie College of Education hosts the Celebration of Teaching. During the Spring 2020 semester, we asked local middle school teachers, high school teachers, community college faculty, and SJSU faculty to nominate students that have the qualities that would make them an outstanding future educator. Congratulations to the 64 nominees who have been recognized and awarded with a $1000 scholarship towards any Lurie College credential program!

  • 0:04 – Remarks from Dean Heather Lattimer
  • 3:29 – Middle school awardees
  • 4:54 – High school awardees
  • 7:04 – Community college and partner awardees
  • 9:34 – San Jose State awardees

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

Attend the Lurie College MA in Special Education Research Presentations

Join us on Tuesday, May 12, from 7-8:30 on Zoom at https://sjsu.zoom.us/j/92109854969 to learn from 8 graduate students in our Department of Special Education as they present their thesis research!

  • Nathaly Cisneros-Mendoza: “Perceptions of Latino/a parents when accessing services for their child with autism”
  • Marissa Richers: “Cerebral Palsy: The impacts on a child’s motor and social development”
  • Monica Gonzalez: “The effect of a graphic organizer intervention on math word problem solving skills for English language learners with high incidence disabilities”
  • Dilkash Ahmed: “Teacher perceptions of assistive technology classroom implementation”
  • Ashley Highsmith: “The disproportionality of black students in special education”
  • Madison Henry: “Homeschooling vs public schooling: Decisions to homeschool children with special needs”
  • Elizabeth Sanchez: “The effect of culture on parent involvement in special education”
  • Fatema Rahim: “Impact of South Asian cultural views on parents of children with special needs”

MA in Special Ed Research Presentations

Watch the Lurie College President’s and Dean’s Scholars Recognition

Congratulations to our 88 undergraduate President’s Scholars (4.0 GPA) and 218 undergraduate Dean’s Scholars (3.65 GPA or above) from the Spring 2019 and/or Fall 2019 semesters!

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

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.

Sensemaking During COVID-19 | Melissa Hernandez: Episode 4

We asked a couple of our SJSU Lurie College of Education student leaders to practice sensemaking – the process of making sense of or giving meaning to something, especially new developments and experiences – in our new environment as a result of COVID-19. This week, Melissa Hernandez reflects upon how she’s practiced self-care. What self-care practices have been helpful for you?

Video and audio edited by Brian Cheung Dooley. “Little Idea” by Scott Holmes provided royalty free by freemusicarchive.com

SJSU Faces of Learning Project | Meet Project Coordinator Briettny

The Lurie College Faces of Learning Project shines a light on SJSU students’ learning experiences – huge thanks to graduate student Briettny Curtner for sharing her experience with us!  When asked about what motivated her to participate, she said, “This project was my first hands-on experience with qualitative research. It provided the opportunity for me to support students, learn a methodology, and curate authentic representation of each Spartan who shared their learning story with us.”

Visit sjsu.edu/education/faces to view the student-curated photo exhibition and RSVP to attend our student panel on Thu., Apr. 30, at 12pm.

SJSU Lurie College of Educaiton Counselor Education Department Graduate Student Briettny Curtner

– Name: Briettny Curtner
– Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
– Year and Major / Minor: Second Year, Graduate Student / Education, Counseling and Student Personnel
– Fun Fact / Hobby: I have been to 13 states!
– What motivated you to participate in this project? This project was my first hands-on experience with qualitative research. It provided the opportunity for me to support students, learn a methodology, and curate authentic representation of each Spartan who shared their learning story with us.

Connect with Lurie College at https://linktr.ee/sjsulurie to receive more news about academic and student life.  Audio edited by Sydney Ahmadian.

Sensemaking During COVID-19 | Henry Fan: Episode 5 | Spring 2020

We asked a couple of our SJSU Lurie College of Education student leaders to practice sensemaking – the process of making sense of or giving meaning to something, especially new developments and experiences – in our new environment as a result of COVID-19. This week, Henry Fan shares his reflections on ignorance versus ineptitude.

“A New Beginning” provided royalty free by bensound.com.

SJSU Faces of Learning Project | Meet Co-Researcher Isabel

The Faces of Learning Project is an arts-based research initiative designed to elicit student voices to provide insights into learning experiences at SJSU. Huge thanks to undergraduate student Isabel Rangel Hernandez for sharing her experience with us!  When asked what one of her biggest takeaways from the project was, she said “listening to other students’ stories and learning how different their experiences were.”

Visit sjsu.edu/education/faces to view the student-curated photo exhibition and RSVP to attend our student panel on Thu., Apr. 30, at 12pm.

SJSU Faces of Learning Isabel Rangel Herhandez

– Name: Isabel Rangel Hernandez
– Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
– Year and Major / Minor: 5th year, Child and Adolescent Development with a Preparation into teaching major
– Fun Fact / Hobby: I’ve been dancing Folklorico for over 10 years.
– What motivated you to participate in this project? I learned the process of conducting qualitative research: learning how to be respectful and authentic to my friends who are also the participant and how to honor their narrative and their experience.

Connect with Lurie College at https://linktr.ee/sjsulurie to receive more news about academic and student life.  Audio edited by Syney Ahmadian.

Upcoming Scholarship and Grant Application Deadlines

  • Scholarships:  Watch this recording to learn from staff in the SJSU Scholarships Office and faculty on the Lurie College Scholarship Review committee about the 2020-2021 Lurie College scholarship application process.  More details about all of the Lurie College scholarship and grant opportunities are available at sjsu.edu/education/financial-aid.  The deadline to apply for SJSU and Lurie College scholarships is Friday, May 1, 2020, so start your application process as soon as you can!
  • Student-Research Awards:  Supports students to be mentored by a faculty mentor on a student-initiated research project.  Students can receive an award of $2,000 per semester and $4,000 a year.  The deadline to apply for these awards for the 2020-2021 academic year is Thursday, April 30, 2020, at 4pm via this Google form.  Learn about research projects by Department of Special Education graduate student Monica Gonzalez and Department of Communicative Disorders and Sciences student James Chow who each received a student-research award for the 2019-2020 academic year.

SJSU Faces of Learning Project | Meet Co-Researcher Edith

The Lurie College Faces of Learning Project shines a light on SJSU students’ learning experiences – huge thanks to undergraduate student Edith Urbano for sharing her experience with us!  When asked what she learned about herself during this project, she said “I really enjoyed hearing my fellow peers and other students’ stories.  As a fellow student myself, it was reassuring to know that we all go through the same struggles and experience our own little victories.”

Visit sjsu.edu/education/faces to view the student-curated photo exhibition and RSVP to attend our student panel on Thu., Apr. 30, at 12pm.

SJSU Faces of Learning Edith Urbano

– Name: Edith Urbano Ixta
– Pronouns: she/her
– Year and Major / Minor: Child and Adolescent Development major,  Sociology of Education minor
– Fun Fact / Hobby: Fun fact: I am left-handed. Hobby: I love going thrifting with my friends.
– What motivated you to participate in this project? I was motivated to be part of this project to bring the stories of students to life and put faces to the statistics that come from the school.

Connect with Lurie College at https://linktr.ee/sjsulurie to receive more news about academic and student life.  Audio edited by Syney Ahmadian.

Plans Underway for Lurie College 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 Spring 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 Lurie College of Education Graduation Celebration on Friday, May 22, at 4pm and we will send out an invitation with more detailed information to our graduates, faculty, and staff in the near future!

SJSU Lurie College Graduation Celebration Zoom Background

Sensemaking During COVID-19 | Melissa Hernandez: Episode 3

We asked a couple of our SJSU Lurie College of Education student leaders to practice sensemaking – the process of making sense of or giving meaning to something, especially new developments and experiences – in our new environment as a result of COVID-19. This week, Melissa Hernandez focuses on some helpful financial and food resources for SJSU students. What other resources have you found to be helpful?

Video and audio edited by Brian Cheung Dooley. “Little Idea” by Scott Holmes provided royalty free by freemusicarchive.com

SJSU Faces of Learning Project | Meet Co-Researcher Alberto

The Lurie College Faces of Learning Project shines a light on SJSU students’ learning experiences – huge thanks to undergraduate student Alberto Camacho for sharing his experience with us! When asked about what motivated him to participate, he said, “I firmly believe in the power of testimonio as a form of teaching. Testimonio brings in an entirely different perspective to the classroom by creating a community; similarly this project allows for Spartans to share their experience at SJSU and through Testimonio, create an even more welcoming community here on campus. ”

Visit sjsu.edu/education/faces to view the student-curated photo exhibition and RSVP to attend our student panel on Thu., Apr. 30, at 12pm.

SJSU Faces of Learning Alberto Camacho 2

– Name: Alberto Camacho
– Pronouns: El/He/Him/His
– Year and Major / Minor: Graduating 4th year / English Major — Chicana/o Studies Minor
– Fun Fact / Hobby: I dance Folkloriko with Grupo Luna y Sol de San José. — I love to write!
– What motivated you to participate in this project? I firmly believe in the power of testimonio as a form of teaching. Testimonio brings in an entirely different perspective to the classroom by creating a community; similarly this project allows for Spartans to share their experience at SJSU and through Testimonio, create an even more welcoming community here on campus.

Connect with Lurie College at https://linktr.ee/sjsulurie to receive more news about academic and student life.  Audio edited by Sydney Ahmadian.

Sensemaking During COVID-19 | Henry Fan: Episode 4

We asked a couple of our SJSU Lurie College of Education student leaders to practice sensemaking – the process of making sense of or giving meaning to something, especially new developments and experiences – in our new environment as a result of COVID-19. This week, Henry Fan shares his reflections on the process of becoming a global citizen.

Video and audio edited by Brian Cheung Dooley. “Little Idea” by Scott Holmes provided royalty free by freemusicarchive.com

SJSU Faces of Learning Project | Meet Co-Researcher Eliana

The Lurie College Faces of Learning Project shines a light on SJSU students’ learning experiences – huge thanks to undergraduate student Eliana Villafuerte for sharing her experience with us! When asked about what motivated her to participate, she said, “I really wanted to experience being in a research team. While also being part of a cause to help spread and let others around the community hear student voices.”

Visit sjsu.edu/education/faces to view the student-curated photo exhibition and RSVP to attend our student panel on Thu., Apr. 30, at 12pm.

SJSU Faces of Learning Eliana Villafuerte

– Name: Eliana Villafuerte
– Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
– Year and Major / Minor: 4th year, Linguistics major, Chicana/o Studies minor
– Fun Fact / Hobby: I love doing my makeup, and experimenting with different color eyeshadows
– What motivated you to participate in this project? I really wanted to experience being in a research team. While also being part of a cause to help spread and let others around the community hear student voices.

Connect with Lurie College at https://linktr.ee/sjsulurie to receive more news about academic and student life.  Audio edited by Sydney Ahmadian.