Participate in the Lurie College 10-2-1 Challenge

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.

Video Message from Dean Lattimer | March 18, 2020

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 to apply for a Lurie College of Education Hardship Grant.

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Lurie College of Education Impresses in Best Graduate School Rankings

This story was originally posted on the SJSU Newsroom website by Robin McElhatton.

SJSU Lurie College of Education 2021 U.S. News & World Report

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.

Student Success Center Team Discusses Self-Care

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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!

Updated Career Center Support for Lurie College Students

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 or email  Christine is also hosting a virtual LinkedIn for Educators workshop on Tuesday, April 7, from 3-4:30pm.  To register for this workshop, visit

SJSU Lurie College of Education Career Center Christine Bautista

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

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Join us at the Lurie College Spring 2020 Welcome Event!

SJSU Lurie College of Education Spring 2020 Welcome Event

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!

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!

Lurie College Staff Joins Student Success Center

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!

SJSU Lurie College of Education Student Success Center Staff Annie Nobuhiro

Lurie College is Hiring a Part-Time STEM+C Institute Coordinator

SJSU Lurie College of Education STEM Institute

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.

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Lurie College is Hiring a Part-Time Community College Coordinator!

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.

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Welcome New Lurie College Staff Member, Barbara Ybarra!

Lurie College is excited to welcome it’s new Director of Development, Barbara Ybarra, to the community!

SJSU Lurie College of Education Development Director Barbara Ybarra

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.

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Lurie College of Education 4th Annual One Warm Coat (and Socks) Drive

Lurie College of Education One Warm Coat Drive

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!

How We Recruit High School and Community College Students to Teaching

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!

SJSU Lurie College of Education Director Janene Perez Podcast

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.

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Lurie College Hosts Inaugural Future of Learning Summit

This article was originally published on the SJSU Newsroom website by Julia Halprin Jackson.

SJSU Lurie College of Education Future of Learning Summit

Lurie College of Education Dean Heather Lattimer with speakers from the inaugural Future of Learning Summit: Shar Naidu, Vivian Vu, Kent McGuire, Valerie Lundy-Wagner, Laura Quintana, Irene Castillon, SJSU professor Ellen Middaugh, and Arun Ramanthan. Photo by Francisco Mendoza.

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.

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RSVP to Attend the Lurie College Learning Showcase!

SJSU Lurie College of Education Learning Showcase Flyer

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


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!

Lurie College Staff Selected for CSU Fellowship

Congrats to SJSU Lurie College of Education Director of Assessment and Accreditation Isabel Vallejo, who was recently selected to join the CSU’s 2019-2020 EdQ Data and Improvement Fellowship Cohort, which is made up of eleven data professionals from across the CSU representing a variety of years of experience, roles and campus environments!

SJSU Lurie College of Education Staff Member Isabel Vallejo

Leaders of Lurie College | Saul

Meet Saul, SJSU staff member and one of the leaders of Lurie College!

“In the 4th grade, I was given an award for “perseverance”. At the time, I did not know what the term meant. Fast forward to today, I would say that I overcame a lot of adversity, especially being a first-generation student. As students, we owe it to ourselves to try hard and go after what we want, despite the difficulties. In the end we gain life experiences and we become more resilient, all because we chose to never give up. The 4th grade version of myself would be extremely proud of me today.”

SJSU Lurie College of Education Staff Saul Ruiz

The Leaders of Lurie College series has been curated by Brian Cheung Dooley.

Read the 2018-19 Lurie College of Education Annual Report

The Connie L. Lurie College of Education at San Jose State University is a place of transformation, where we prepare educators, counselors, therapists, and community leaders using emancipatory pedagogy across our teaching, scholarship and service. Learn more about our impact by reading through this report and join the Lurie College family by visiting!

Leaders of Lurie College | Ana

Meet Ana, SJSU staff member and one of the leaders of Lurie College!

“My passion for education was modeled to me by my grandfather, who helped raise me. A former farmworker with a fifth grade education, my grandfather had a hunger for learning and reading that inspired me to take advantage of every resource possible in college, graduate school, and my career. I’m grateful to be working for SJSU and the College of Education because I see a genuine passion for learning all around me and a strong commitment to expand educational opportunities for others.”

SJSU Lurie College of Education EdD Leadership Program Staff Ana Paz-Rangel

The Leaders of Lurie College series has been curated by Brian Cheung Dooley.

Welcome to the Fall 2019 semester, Lurie College!

On behalf of the SJSU Lurie College of Education, Dean Heather Lattimer and Associate Dean Marcos Pizarro would like to welcome its new and returning students to the fall 2019 semester and make them aware of some upcoming events and opportunities!

  • Visit to learn more about student research grant opportunities!
  • Visit to enter your name for a chance to join Dean Heather Lattimer, a special guest, and a group of students for great conversation and a complimentary meal each month!
  • Join Lurie College friends, students, faculty, and staff for food, games, prizes, helpful information, and more on Wed., Sep. 18, in the Sweeney Hall courtyard!
  • Utilize the Student Success Center in Sweeney Hall 106 and the Study and Collaboration Room in Sweeney Hall 446 – they provide advising, study space, helpful workshops, and more!
  • Connect with Lurie College at to receive more news about academic and student life!

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Leaders of Lurie College | Isabel

Meet Isabel, SJSU staff member and one of the leaders of Lurie College!

“During my graduate studies, I taught ESL classes at institutions in the US-Mexico border. The students I met then, have been a great source of inspiration. From the students that crossed the border to attend college with little or no English proficiency to the sixty-five-year-old grandmother who wanted to learn English to communicate with her grandchildren, I learned there are no barriers to what one can do and that it is never too late to learn something new.”

SJSU Lurie College of Education Staff Member Isabel Vallejo

The Leaders of Lurie College series has been curated by Brian Cheung Dooley.

Welcome New Lurie College Staff Member, Saul Ruiz!

Lurie College is excited to welcome its new Outreach and Recruitment Coordinator, Saul Ruiz, to the community!

SJSU Lurie College of Education Student Success Center Advisor Saul Ruiz

Saul was born and raised in Morgan Hill, CA.  He started his collegiate studies at De Anza college, where he received his AA in Liberal Arts.  He then followed in his sisters footsteps and transferred to UC Davis, where he majored in Sociology with a minor in Chicano Studies.  Post-college graduation, Saul returned to the Bay Area to work at his old high school as the Cal-SOAP Advisor.  His main focus was to build a bridge between high school students and college.  It was during this time that he fell in love with the idea of mentoring students and being there to support them through the intense and nerve wracking college application process.  Saul then moved to San Luis Obispo, where he worked at both Allan Hancock College as well as Cuesta College.  He recently completed his Master’s degree from Cal-Poly, San Luis Obispo in Higher Education and Student Affairs.  He is very excited to be back home in the Bay to join the Lurie College of Education as the new Outreach and Recruitment Coordinator, and be able to give back to his community.  In his free time, he loves to travel, try new coffee shops, and explore nature.

Photo by Brian Cheung Dooley.

Welcome Marcos Pizarro, Lurie College’s New Associate Dean!

Lurie College is excited to welcome its new Associate Dean, Marcos Pizarro, to the community!

Marcos Pizarro

Marcos Pizarro, Associate Dean of Lurie College

Marcos Pizarro joins Lurie College in his 20th year at San Jose State!  Most recently he was a Professor and Chair of SJSU’s Chicana and Chicano Studies. Graduating from Stanford as an undergrad, he began his teaching career as a 6th grade teacher in Inglewood, while pursuing his PhD in Education at UCLA.  Marcos’ research and community work has focused on supporting Chicanx and Latinx students at various stages in their schooling to understand how interventions can help these students develop strategies to thrive in school and create social and racial justice in their communities.  He coordinates MAESTRXS, a social justice teacher collective developing and implementing a transformative education model with Latinx communities; works with schools on the development and implementation of Latinx Studies curricula to enhance Latinx student engagement; co-coordinates the Institute for Teachers of Color Committed to Racial Justice, a project that provides an annual training for teachers invested in transformative practice for racial justice; and is a Faculty Fellow for Chicanx/Latinx Student Success at SJSU, a multi-faceted project that offers support to students and the university to enhance Latinx student engagement and academic success.  He is excited to join Lurie College and to both support the amazing faculty and staff, and offer his expertise to help the college fulfill its mission.