Student Spotlight | Joanna Gaeta and Samuel Bland

The SJSU Lurie College of Education provides a range of opportunities to support students in their academic endeavors to become transformative educators, counselors, therapists, and leaders.  We spoke with our Special Education Department graduate students Joanna Gaeta and Samuel Bland, who were able to collaborate with Assistant Professor Saili Kulkarni on a research project that examines beliefs about disability and race among special education teachers of color.  Listen to Joanna and Samuel’s insights below!

SJSU Lurie College of Education Special Education Department Students Joanna Gaeta and Samuel Bland

“We are currently working on studying special education teachers of color and what their beliefs are about disability and race.  We’re trying to see how do teachers position themselves to help out our students when we see disparities – whether it’s behavioral issues or academic issues within the school setting – and then how we as the special education teachers contend with that on the education front.”

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Student Spotlight | Critical Bilingual Authorization Pathway

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 SJSU Lurie College of Education Critical Bilingual Authorization Pathway (CBAP) students Adriana Priego, Heather Simonovich, Jazmin Mendez, Olivier Castañeda, Raul Leon, Rubby Barajas, and Stephanie Muñoz, who received grants to pursue various professional development initiatives.  Listen to their insights below about how they adjusted their focus in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.  More information about the pathway, Bilingüismo y Justicia, is available at sjsu.edu/education/academics/cbap

SJSU Lurie College of Education Critical Bilingual Authorization Program CBAP Podcast

“Even when students are coming in now, students are just recently applying to the credential program are calling me – because I had them in classes in my undergrad – and asking me, ‘What do you think about this bilingual program? Or what do you think about me going into the credential program?’  I’ve said, ‘Definitely apply for a credential program and also apply for the bilingual program’ because … I had three job offers for three bilingual schools and I had to pick what school I wanted to go to and what worked best for my family.  It was because of this program, that I was able to get job offers that prepared me for the future.”

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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: David Rognas

Learn about David Rognas, a Credential student in the Teacher Education – Single Subject program at the SJSU Lurie College of Education. David is also the recipient of the Dean’s Scholarship for Exemplary Teachers 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 and edited by Sydney Ahmadian. Music by R.LUM.R.

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.

Student Spotlight | Ander Lucia

Learn about Ander Lucia, a Single Subject Credential student in the Teacher Education Department at the SJSU Lurie College of Education. Ander is also the recipient of Lurie College of Education General Scholarship 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 and audio recorded by Brian Cheung Dooley and edited by Sydney Ahmadian. Music by Geographer.

Student Spotlight: Jennifer Villegas Lopez

Learn about Jennifer Villegas Lopez, an undergraduate student in the Child & Adolescent Development program at the SJSU Lurie College of Education. Jennifer is also the recipient of the Florian and Grace Niemcziek 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 and audio recorded by Brian Cheung Dooley and edited by Sydney Ahmadian. Music by Anno Domini Beats.

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

Educators of Impact | Candice Nance

With the COVID-19 crisis making it abundantly clear the critical role that educators play in our society, Lurie College is recognizing SJSU Educators of Impact who have made a transformative difference in the lives of children, families, and communities.  Learn more about SJSU Alumni and current Lurie College EdD Leadership Program student Candice Nance below.  To nominate an SJSU graduate who is an Educator of Impact, please complete this brief Google form.

SJSU Lurie College of Education Educator of Impact Candice Nance

“Of anyone I’ve ever met, Candice embodies the idea of being a lifelong learner.  She constantly works to improve her own knowledge and skills so she can improve opportunities for her students.”

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

Special Education Intern Feature: Rachel Mein

COVID-19 has significantly impacted the way that our society functions. This is especially true at all levels of education. At the SJSU Lurie College of Education, our faculty and staff have been challenged to create accessible and equitable educational opportunities for our students. Many of our Lurie College students are also in teaching positions and student support positions at the K-12 and higher education levels. In this video series, we would like to give a special shoutout to Rachel Mein and all of the other Special Education Intern students who are supporting students with special needs remotely. Learn more about Rachel through this conversation with Lurie College faculty member Lisa Simpson.

Connect with Lurie College at https://linktr.ee/sjsulurie to receive more news about academic and student life! Video edited by Brian Cheung Dooley – http://brianpdooley.com. “Going Higher” 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.

Apply for the Lurie College STEM+C Summer Teacher Institute

The SJSU Lurie College of Education has created summer opportunities for current credential candidates, SJSU alumni, future SJSU credential candidates, and teachers in partner districts to develop their knowledge, skills, and abilities to teach math and/or computer science at NO COST in an effort to pursue educational equity and social justice by reducing STEM barriers in education!

For our Summer 2020 Teacher Institute, you can build your STEM+C content knowledge and earn a math or science foundational-level credential. The foundational level credential allows you to teach middle school math or science. It can be added to a multiple or single subject credential by successfully completing the methods class included in this summer program and passing the corresponding CSET subtest(s).

To learn more and apply, visit sjsu.edu/education/stem-institute.  Listen to Department of Teacher Education alumni Robyn Riedstra’s experience in the 2019 program and how it resulted in multiple full-time job offers for her.

SJSU Lurie College of Education Summer 2020 STEM+C Teacher Institute

Student Spotlight: Anthony Zelaya-Umanzor

Congratulations to Anthony Zelaya-Umanzor, graduate student in the Lurie College Department of Counselor Education, who recently earned the James William Allen Service Scholarship from the H.B. McDaniel Foundation. Watch this video to learn about his professional goals related to service in the field of school counseling!

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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.

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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.

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.

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.

Lurie College Faculty Participates in Mental Health Panel

Shoutout to Department of Special Education faculty Saili Kulkarni, who recently participated in a panel on mental health, disability, and wellness in the Asian American community during COVID-19.  Check out the news coverage of the panel from the Spartan Daily and check out the Padlet of resources that Dr. Kulkarni compiled below!

SJSU Lurie College of Education Special Education Department Faculty Saili Kulkarni

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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.