In recent months, we’ve witnessed a significant amount of advocacy around social justice issues such as addressing racial injustice and systemic racism, greater access to healthcare, home and food insecurity, wealth inequality and unemployment, climate change, and more. With that in mind, Lurie College is organizing a Student Social Justice Short Film Festival to amplify the voices of middle school, high school, community college, and university students around what social justice issues are significant to them. Learn more and submit your 1-3 minute film by Friday, October 16, at sjsu.edu/education/film-festival
SJSU Lurie College of Education alumni Alejandra Valencia (MA/Multiple Subject Credential Program) and Jocelyn Rodriguez (MA/Multiple Subject Credential Program) have released the fourth episode of their podcast, The Book Boat! In this episode, The Beginning of Conversations Around Race in the Classroom, they discuss books such as Not Quite Snow White and Let’s Talk About Race and discuss critical questions such as:
- Who writes stories?
- Who benefits from stories?
- Who is missing from stories?
Brent Duckor – Twitter: @BrentDuckor – associate professor in the Department of Teacher Education at San Jose State University, and Carrie Holmberg – Twitter: @CarrieHolmberg – lecturer and preservice teacher educator at San Jose State University, led this conversation:
We blend research-based, high-leverage instructional and assessment strategies (the “7 Moves framework”) to energize, re-engage and foreground student voices in synchronous learning environments. Using Zoom, Google Docs, and other distance learning tools we demonstrate how to make it happen with you and your students. Join us to open up real conversations and explore new directions in online assessment for learning.
Intended audience: Those who teach grades 6-12.
- 3:20 – Intro from Dr. Duckor and Dr. Holmberg
- 27:46 – Move 1: Priming
- 31:02 – Move 2: Posing
- 36:36 – Move 3: Pausing
- 41:02 – Move 4: Probing
- 44:34 – Move 5: Bouncing
- 50:35 – Move 6: Tagging
- 57:12 – Move 7: Binning
The SJSU Lurie College of Education has established this free K-12 Online Teaching Academy to support pre-service teacher candidates and current teachers to strengthen their online teaching skills and adapt to our current circumstances. Learn more about the academy at sjsu.edu/education/k12-academy
Connect with Lurie College at https://linktr.ee/sjsulurie to receive more news about academic and student life!
Shout out to Teacher Education Department faculty Grinell Smith and Tammie Visintainer, who recently partnered with the ECO-Warrior Foundation to develop K-12 lesson plans that focus on the impact of human activity on the environment – check them out at eco-warrior.org/coursework!
There’s no better time than now to become a transformative educator, counselor, therapist, school or community leader, and so we would like to invite you to the SJSU Lurie College of Education Fall Welcome event on Tuesday, September 15, from 2:30-4:30pm to learn about our academic opportunities and resources. On that date and time, visit sjsu.edu/education/admissions to choose from any of the available Zoom links to meet with our faculty and staff representatives for the following:
Fall 2020 Welcome | By Office
- Career Services
- Child & Adolescent Development
- Communicative Disorders & Sciences
- Counselor Education
- Credential Services
- Ed.D. Leadership
- Educational Leadership
- Liberal Studies
- Special Education
- Student Success Center
- Teacher Education
Get connected to helpful online resources as we prepare for the beginning of the Fall 2020 semester! Here are some initial Lurie College of Education and SJSU resources:
- Connect with Lurie College webpage – Connect with our Instagram accounts – @sjsulurie and @luriesuccess – connect with our faculty members’ Twitter accounts and Spotify playlists, view our upcoming events, and much more!
- Lurie College Student Success Center webpage – Connect with our academic advisors, attend an upcoming workshop, and more!
- Discover SJSU website – Visit this new webpage to learn about helpful resources and upcoming opportunities across SJSU!
- SJSU Sammy mobile app – Chat with students, connect with student organizations, learn about upcoming events, and more!
- SJSU Learn Anywhere website – Learn how to use SJSU’s online platforms, read FAQs, and more!
- SJSU Events webpage – Learn about upcoming events from SJSU’s colleges, campus centers, student organizations, and more!
- SJSU Blogs directory – Access all of the blogs across SJSU, including the Lurie College blog!
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.
Are you a teacher or future teacher in the areas of special education, bilingual education, or curriculum and instruction? Join a research study on professional development for teachers entitled Disability-Centered, Culturally Sustaining Pedagogies Series! Participants will receive:
- Small cohort supports and trainings in accessible instruction / UDL
- Flexible, virtual sessions through Zoom(R)
- 1:1 classroom supports with a facilitator
- Engagement with community-scholar disability activists
- Ongoing mentorship and connection to a community of justice-oriented scholars
- Access to key resources to support learners
- $350 in professional development funding
Apply by completing this Google form – https://forms.gle/K7oY1pGMjBD5RDK18
If you have any questions, email email@example.com
SJSU Lurie College of Education alumni Alejandra Valencia (MA/Multiple Subject Credential Program) and Jocelyn Rodriguez (MA/Multiple Subject Credential Program) have released the third episode of their podcast, The Book Boat! In this episode, Our Current Favorites, they discuss books such as Planting Stories, Kamala and Maya’s Big Idea, and others. Get connected to future episodes and content on YouTube, Anchor, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or Instagram.
Lurie College of Education faculty Robert Marx and Kyoung Mi Choi will conduct training sessions for SJSU faculty, administrators, and staff around LGBTQ+ support and inclusion at SJSU. In preparation for that training, they are seeking current SJSU students who identify as LGBTQ+ to participate in their research about their experiences on campus and in class, as well as their suggestions for how SJSU could be improved. All the data they collect will be confidential, and your name will not be associated with any of your responses. Your responses may be shared with members of our campus community, including professors, staff, and administrators in the College of Education and across campus, but no identifying information will be included. To share your input with Dr. Marx and Dr. Choi, please complete this brief Google form. If you’re taking this survey on a mobile device, please turn it sideways [landscape mode] so that you can see all response options.
As the fall payment deadline approaches, remember that 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.
Welcome to the Fall 2020 semester, new and returning students! We hope your summer has been rejuvenating. Join us at this online forum for a conversation with Dean Heather Lattimer and Associate Dean Marcos Pizarro to help shape some of the college’s priorities for the 2020-2021 academic year. The Zoom link will be emailed to all Lurie College students’ via a Google calendar invitation.
Lurie College is proud to provide financial support to its students who are in need of supplies to conduct their academic research. Undergraduate, graduate, credential, and doctoral students are eligible to apply for up to one $200 grant per fiscal year (July 1 – May 31) towards expenses for research supplies. A limited amount of funding is available. To apply, download, complete, and submit our Student Research Supplies Application form (PDF).
SJSU Lurie College of Education alumni Alejandra Valencia (MA/Multiple Subject Credential Program) and Jocelyn Rodriguez (MA/Multiple Subject Credential Program) have released the second episode of their podcast, The Book Boat! In this episode, 1st Week of School, they discuss possible books and activities to begin the school year with. Get connected to future episodes and content on YouTube, Anchor, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or Instagram.
Hi! I’m Heather Lattimer, Dean of the Lurie College of Education, and I’m delighted to welcome you to SJSU for the Fall 2020 semester.
Although circumstances prevent us from being able to be able to greet you in person and learn together on campus this fall, we want you to know that we are 100% here to support your success. Our faculty and staff have spent significant time over the summer making plans to ensure that you will have high-quality learning experiences in your courses, fieldwork, and co-curricular activities. We’re excited about the plans that are in place for interactive, relevant, and responsive learning opportunities here at Lurie College in the coming semester.
This summer, we saw calls for racial justice reverberate around the country and throughout our community in response to the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery. As a college of education, we are committed to equitable, anti-racist policies and practices and to preparing transformative educators, counselors, therapists, school and community leaders.
Over the past three months, our faculty and staff have engaged in hard conversations as we examine the racism and bias that persist in our own systems and structures, and work to reform the way in which we engage with each other, our students, and the larger educational ecosystem. During the coming semester, we’ll be eliciting your input on how we can better live our mission and our values. Please look for invitations to participate in the Deans’ racial justice and educational equity student advisory group. We hope you’ll join us.
Emancipatory Education Now is a new student-led initiative at the SJSU Lurie College of Education that examines what emancipatory education – the critical evaluation of the systems and structures of oppression that maintain the status quo in our educational institutions – looks like in today’s society and advocates for the expansion of emancipatory education research, policies, and practices!
Student co-hosts from across Lurie College’s academic programs will meet regularly throughout the fall semester to engage in dialogue about critical topics in education and share those thoughts out with the Lurie College, SJSU, and local community. Co-hosts will be compensated hourly for their participation and receive a high-quality USB microphone.
All current SJSU Lurie College of Education students are eligible to apply. Watch the video tutorial below for information about how to complete this Google form by Saturday, August 22, to apply to become a co-host.
Shoutout to SJSU Lurie College of Education alumni, Alejandra Valencia (MA/Multiple Subject Credential Program) and Jocelyn Rodriguez (MA/Multiple Subject Credential Program), who recently took their love for books, literacy, education, and social justice, and turned it into their podcast, The Book Boat! Watch their first episode, Our Beginning, below and get connected to future episodes and content on YouTube, Anchor, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or Instagram.
SJSU Lurie College of Education faculty Ellen Middaugh and Mark Felton have organized a new experimental undergraduate course – “Social Media & Social Issues” – at SJSU for the Fall 2020 semester! The course will take place on Wednesdays from 10:30am-11:45am, is open to undergraduates of all majors, and will explore the impact that social media is having on the next generation of voters, activists, and politicians.
Participation in public discourse is critical to the democratic process. It allows us to connect and collaborate with people who agree with our political opinions and it allows us to understand, negotiate or compete with those who disagree with us. As public discourse moves online to social media, we must understand how this shift changes public discourse and what knowledge and skills are needed for youth to participate as informed, ethical and empowered digital citizens in these settings.
Thanks to the support of the Lurie College Faculty-led Student RSCA award, a research team composed of Dr. Ellen Middaugh (Department of Child and Adolescent Development) and Dr. Mark Felton (Teacher Education) hired SJSU student and Lurie College Ambassador Henry Fan as a lead research assistant for this work. During the first phase of the project, they worked with Mr. Fan to develop a coding system and sampling strategy for data analysis. The research team has had a presentation accepted for the annual conference of the Association of Internet Researchers (Middaugh, Felton & Fan, 2020). They have now begun phase 2, where Mr. Fan has helped train a team of three volunteer research assistants in our coding system. Mr. Fan also took the lead in scheduling and conducting in-depth interviews with social media participants.
The research team is currently exploring how the source and dialogic purposes of posts impact the amount, type and quality of responses on two topics of public interest (COVID-19 and DACA). They hope to disseminate their findings via publication during Summer 2020, and also use them to inform an experimental course entitled, Social Media & Social Issues (ChAD 196), to be offered during the Fall 2020 presidential election season.
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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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;
- 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.
- 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 –
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 Mary Lonhart below. To nominate an SJSU graduate who is an Educator of Impact, please complete this brief Google form.
“In her role as principal of Scotts Valley Middle School, Mary Lonhart is an educator with an unwavering dedication to every single person on her campus. The community of learning she leads is characterized by a deep commitment to academic achievement that goes hand in hand with a fierce dedication to the social and emotional well-being of every child. “Above and beyond” is the space in which she routinely operates. Her dedication toward goals that align very well with the LCOEs mission and vision coupled with her obvious skill and talent make her an extraordinary educator. We need a thousand Marys.”
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
“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.”
During the Spring 2020 semester, the SJSU Lurie College of Education adopted a new 3-year strategic plan after over a year of conversations, deliberations, and reflections among faculty, students, and staff. The strategic plan focuses on 4 priority areas – community engaged, interdisciplinary, culturally sustaining, and holistic. Faculty, staff, and students were then able to apply for grant funding for projects that aligned with these priority areas. Congratulations to all of our teams who were awarded funding for the following projects for the 2020-2021 academic year!
“Creating an Inclusive Climate: Queering Our Classrooms and Our Campus”
If you’re hoping to make your class, office, or programming more accessible for and supportive of your queer and trans students and coworkers, be on the lookout for upcoming training sessions and a professional learning community supported by the Strategic Plan Seed Grant. “Creating an Inclusive Climate: Queering Our Classrooms and Our Campus” represents a partnership between the Lurie College of Education and The LGBT Youth Space to offer introductory and advanced trainings at the department and college level around topics like pronouns and vocabulary terms, the hidden curriculum in our classes, and creating opportunities for authentic self-expression. We will also be hosting a Professional Learning Community for faculty and staff who want to more deeply engage in the work of transforming their corner of the campus into a queer-affirming space. For more information, please contact Dr. Robert Marx at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Shoutout to Department of Teacher Education faculty Ralph McKay, whose article “In Praise of Substitute Teachers” was recently published in the International Journal of Arts, Humanities & Social Science! Give it a read at https://bit.ly/3iruwA7
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 Debbie Pavlos below. To nominate an SJSU graduate who is an Educator of Impact, please complete this brief Google form.
“Miss Pavlos has made the social emotional well being of her students her number one focus. She has also sent along many resources to parents that focus on the emotional well being of their children versus just their academic needs. Her twice weekly Zoom calls include introductions of stuffed animals, a space for students to share feelings, and ask questions (no matter what the topic is). She has created digital interactive read alouds that include fun backgrounds (ie-a frozen tundra for Tacky the Penguin) and think alouds that have her students responding to her and engaging in higher order thinking. She understands that her students need to see her face, hear her jokes, and see their beloved class mascot Q-Bear. Her Google Classroom site is organized and she provides daily feedback to students via assignments and the classroom stream. She also encourages students to chat and respond to each other to engage in socializing which is so important to first graders during this challenging time. Miss Pavlos provides a sense of calm, normalcy, and comfort to her students in a time when they need it the most!”