Attend our Fall 2020 Lurie College Learning Showcase

SJSU Lurie College of Education Learning Showcase

Join us on Friday, December 4, from 4-7pm to support students from across Lurie College as they present their research, fieldwork experiences, co-curricular experiences, and more at our semi-annual Learning Showcase! The event will begin with a keynote from Ana Benderas, Director of ELA and Humanities at Quetzal Education Consulting; include a range of student presentations and panels; and conclude with small group discussions and prizes. Learn more about each of the sessions and RSVP at sjsu.edu/education/showcase.

Remarks from Dean Heather Lattimer | November 25, 2020

Dear Lurie College Students —

As we enter into the Thanksgiving holiday, I want to take a moment to express my admiration and gratitude for each of you.

This semester has presented incredible challenges — a global pandemic, massive wildfires, a passionate movement for racial justice, and a contentious election. Throughout it all, you have persisted and found ways to thrive. You’ve demonstrated care and compassion for one another, offered creative solutions to problems, been resilient in navigating online courses and field placements, and championed changes that can make our college and our world more just, equitable, and inclusive. I am impressed and profoundly inspired by each you! Thank you for all that you contribute to our college and thank you for choosing to pursue academic and professional fields where your passion and commitment will have a transformative impact!

I hope that you are able to take time away from schoolwork in the coming days to rest, reflect, and enjoy time with family. This semester has been exhausting for everyone and a break is needed before we return for the final push. Please give yourself permission to take a break, turn off the computer, and put aside the “to do” lists. The break has been hard earned and is well deserved!

Wishing you a safe and healthy holiday!

With Gratitude — Heather

Listen to Episode 9 of the Book Boat Podcast

SJSU Lurie College of Education alumni Alejandra Valencia (MA/Multiple Subject Credential Program) and Jocelyn Rodriguez (MA/Multiple Subject Credential Program) have released the ninth episode of their podcast, The Book Boat!  In this episode, Non-traditional Thanksgiving, they discuss various ways to recognize and celebrate the holiday through the books No Turkey for Thanksgiving and Gracias The Thanksgiving Turkey.

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Lurie College Establishes Racial Justice Commitments

Building upon the strategic plan the SJSU Lurie College of Education established in January 2020, we have identified several racial justice priorities to continue to decolonize our own institution and the systems within which we operate.

Strategic Plan Identity Statement

At the SJSU Lurie College of Education, we prepare transformative educators, counselors, therapists, school and community leaders. We do this through an emancipatory approach across our teaching, scholarship, and service with a focus on the four areas below.

Community-Engaged: We strive to become the hub for community-centered, educational transformation in the region.

Examples of racial justice priorities:

  • Strengthen outreach and recruitment for prospective students with an emphasis on recruiting BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) applicants who are committed to racial justice
  • Identify/strengthen collaborations, student teaching, and internship placements/MOUs with local schools and colleges with high enrollment of BIPOC students and that are committed to anti-racist policies and practices
  • Strengthen outreach to BIPOC alumni to provide ongoing professional support and encourage their engagement with current students as mentors, fieldwork supervisors, and advocates
  • Provide open-access extra-curricular seminars, workshops, and colloquia for students and community partners to engage in interdisciplinary conversations to cultivate anti-oppressive, anti-racist policies, practices, and pedagogies within educational institutions
  • Launch of the Institute for Emancipatory Education. The mission of this P20 focused institute is to create more equitable and inclusive educational systems that nurture the creativity and brilliance of all learners so that our diverse, democratic society can truly thrive. The guiding principles of IEE are to center historically marginalized learners and communities, partner with community, and build bridges across institutions from preschool through post-secondary
  • Launch of the Healthy Development Clinic to be located in East Side San Jose to strengthen collaboration and engagement with local communities with an emphasis on equity through wellness for children, youth, and families

Culturally Sustaining: We value and sustain the linguistic and cultural practices of the communities we serve and make that the foundation of our work.

Examples of racial justice priorities:

  • Increase scholarship supports for BIPOC students committed to anti-racist priorities
  • Strengthen inclusion of BIPOC researchers and theorists in course syllabi
  • Recognize, value, and highlight scholarship from our faculty and students that focuses on issues of racial justice, educational equity, and culturally sustaining pedagogy and provide multiple venues to showcase this research for internal and external audiences
  • Implement learning outcomes assessment practices with an equity and culturally-sustaining approach

Holistic: We foster a caring and supportive community of belonging, connectedness, and appreciation.

Examples of racial justice priorities:

  • Cultivate a sense of belonging and connectedness with current students and provide intensive advising across the areas of academic, career, and personal/social development to ensure students, particularly those from BIPOC communities, are valued and included
  • Increase scholarship supports for BIPOC students committed to anti-racist priorities
  • Strengthen efforts to recruit diverse faculty and staff through targeted outreach, DEI training for hiring committees, and critical assessment of application review and interview procedures
  • Grow student representation in department- and college-level committees, including continued presence on the college strategic plan steering committee

Interdisciplinary: We learn together across and beyond the college, transforming schooling and benefitting our communities.

Examples of racial justice priorities:

  • Provide anti-racist, culturally sustaining, and intersectional professional learning workshops to faculty and staff. These may be led by internal faculty experts and/or external consultants
  • Engage faculty and staff in college-wide anti-racist affinity groups for BIPOC faculty and staff and white faculty and staff
  • Develop and launch new courses and programs that directly address issues of race, justice, and intersectionality
  • Critically examine coursework and pedagogical practices to ensure they reflect a lens of racial justice. Update course content, syllabi, and assignments to address systemic racism, racial justice, and intersectionality

Watch The Equity-Driven Leadership for Dual Immersion Programs Webinar

As part of the Equity-Driven Leadership for Dual Immersion Programs Fall 2020 webinar series, Bilingüismo y Justicia – the Critical Bilingual Authorization Program at the SJSU Lurie College of Education – and the CSU Fullerton Departments of Teacher Education and Educational Leadership teamed up for to present “Building Partnerships Against the Bilingual Teacher Shortage.”

Watch Our Faculty Research Symposium

Watch the recording of our Lurie College Faculty Symposium from Thursday, November 12:

  • 7:33 – Eduardo Muñoz-Muñoz, PhD – Assistant Professor, Department of Teacher Education “The California Schools that are Coming: Towards Multilingual K-12 Programs beyond ‘Alignment’”
  • 31:12 – Rebeca Burciaga, PhD – Associate Professor and Interim Chair, Department of Educational Leadership “Testimonio as an Emancipatory Pedagogy”

Listen to Episode 8 of the Book Boat Podcast

SJSU Lurie College of Education alumni Alejandra Valencia (MA/Multiple Subject Credential Program) and Jocelyn Rodriguez (MA/Multiple Subject Credential Program) have released the eighth episode of their podcast, The Book Boat!  In this episode, Indigenous People’s Day, they discuss how to recognize and celebrate Native American cultures through the books Bowwow Powwow and Thunder Boy Jr.

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Watch Our Faculty Research Symposium

Watch the recording of our Lurie College Faculty Symposium from Thursday, October 29:

  • 5:16 – Saili Kulkarni, PhD – Assistant Professor, Department of Special Education – “DisCrit at the Margins of Teacher Education”
  • 30:04 – Tammie Visintainer, PhD – Assistant Professor, Department of Teacher Education – “Empowering Secondary Science Educators as Equity Advocates and Designers of Transformative Justice-Centered Science Learning Environments”
  • 53:12 – Luis Poza, PhD – Assistant Professor, Department of Teacher Education – “To Be Seen and Heard: Dignity, Language, and Educational Rights in the United States”

Join us for the next symposium on Thursday, November 12, from 3-4pm, on Zoom

  • Eduardo Muñoz-Muñoz, PhD – Assistant Professor, Department of Teacher Education “The California Schools that are Coming: Towards Multilingual K-12 Programs beyond ‘Alignment’”
  • Rebeca Burciaga, PhD – Associate Professor and Interim Chair, Department of Educational Leadership “Testimonio as an Emancipatory Pedagogy”

Statement from Dean Heather Lattimer | November 4, 2020

Dear Lurie College Students —

It has been a long night, a long election season, a long four years of division and divisiveness.  At this hour several states are still to be called and there is no clear outcome on the presidential election.

One thing is clear, however — there is much that needs to be done for us to become the just, equitable, and inclusive society that we deserve and our children demand. Regardless of who is ultimately declared the winner of this election, these past months have clearly and repeatedly demonstrated how broken we are as a nation.

You may feel discouraged or disillusioned by the electoral process or the election results. Identities and animosities have been inextricably linked with politics and elections can cause us to deeply question the values of our society and our place in it.  If you are experiencing doubt, frustration, anger, fear, or sadness, please know that you are not alone. The faculty, staff and administration in our college and across our university are here for you.  We value you, we care about you, and we believe in you.  If you need support or have concerns, please email us at luriecollege@sjsu.edu – we are here to help.

The academic and professional fields that you have chosen to pursue matter now more than ever.  As future educators, counselors, therapists, school and community leaders, you have the power to make change through your actions and advocacy.  Though the challenge is formidable, I have full confidence in the ability of our students to make a difference and lead us toward a better future.  Lurie College is here to support you every step of the way — Be courageous, be kind, be strong!

In solidarity — Heather

Listen to Episode 7 of the Book Boat Podcast

SJSU Lurie College of Education alumni Alejandra Valencia (MA/Multiple Subject Credential Program) and Jocelyn Rodriguez (MA/Multiple Subject Credential Program) have released the seventh episode of their podcast, The Book Boat!  In this episode, Elections!, they discuss how to introduce politics, elections, and civic engagement in class discussions through the books I Dissent, Grace for President, and Sophia Valdez, Future Prez.

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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

Attend the Lurie College Faculty Research Symposium

Join our Lurie College faculty at our upcoming Faculty Research Symposium events as they present their research related to diversity, social justice and culturally sustaining pedagogy!

SJSU Lurie College of Education Fall 2020 Faculty Research Symposium 1

Thursday, October 29, 3-4:15pm, Zoom

  • Saili Kulkarni, PhD – Assistant Professor, Department of Special Education
    • “DisCrit at the Margins of Teacher Education”
  • Tammie Visintainer, PhD – Assistant Professor, Department of Teacher Education
    • “Empowering Secondary Science Educators as Equity Advocates and Designers of Transformative Justice-Centered Science Learning Environments”
  • Luis Poza, PhD – Assistant Professor, Department of Teacher Education
    • “To Be Seen and Heard: Dignity, Language, and Educational Rights in the United States”

Thursday, November 12, 3-3:45pm, Zoom

  • Eduardo Muñoz-Muñoz, PhD – Assistant Professor, Department of Teacher Education
    • “The California Schools that are Coming: Towards Multilingual K-12 Programs beyond ‘Alignment'”
  • Rebeca Burciaga, PhD – Associate Professor and Interim Chair, Department of Educational Leadership
    • “Testimonio as an Emancipatory Pedagogy”

Remarks from Dean Heather Lattimer | October 18, 2020

Congratulations!  You have made it more than halfway through the semester!   In a fall that has included a pandemic, remote learning, wildfires, air quality-related campus shutdowns, economic challenges, and intense political animosity, making it this far is an accomplishment.  Your efforts and your success need to be recognized and celebrated.

I want to reach out today with three messages –

  1. We are here for you! In know that many of you are in the midst of mid-term exams and papers.  In our virtual learning space, it can sometimes feel like you are isolated and alone.  Please know that you have faculty, staff, and colleagues throughout this college who care deeply about your success and are here to provide support.  Please reach out if you have questions or concerns.  Your professors, the advisors in our student success center, the staff and chair in your department, and our team in the dean’s office want to hear from you.
  2. We want you to share your experiences! We want to know what is working for you.  Understanding your experiences helps us to grow and strengthen our work as a college.  Share your ideas, successes, and appreciations using virtual sticky notes on our college Jamboard.  Read the posts of others to get ideas for finding balance, managing stress, and accessing resources.
  3. Vote! Election day is coming up on November 3.  Monday, October 19 is the last day to register.  If you are eligible to vote, please, please register and vote this year.  In addition to the presidential election, there are congressional, state, and local elected positions on the ballot as well as multiple ballot propositions that can have a direct impact on your life.  For more information on how to register and where to vote, please visit vote.org.   Your voice matters and voting is critical to determining our future.

I’ll close with gratitude.  I am so grateful to be a part of the Lurie College family.  The dedication and generosity of our students provides daily inspiration and hope.  Thank you for choosing to be part of our community and for all of the care, creativity, and commitment that you bring to each of your assignments and interactions.

Take good care and stay safe!

Deadline Extended: Student Social Justice Short Film Festival

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 Monday, October 26, at sjsu.edu/education/film-festival

Watch Episode 4 of Emancipatory Education Now

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.  In this episode, Anne leads a dialogue with Gabi, Jackie, Leslye, and Vinson as they dive deeper into cultures of power in the classroom.

The call to action for this episode: Take some time to invest in your own cultural responsiveness – utilize the resources below as a starting point!

Join us live for the next episode on Monday, October 26, at 7:15pm on the Lurie College YouTube channel at bit.ly/lurie-youtube.  

Connect with Lurie College at https://linktr.ee/sjsulurie to receive more news about academic and student life!

Listen to Episode 6 of the Book Boat Podcast

SJSU Lurie College of Education alumni Alejandra Valencia (MA/Multiple Subject Credential Program) and Jocelyn Rodriguez (MA/Multiple Subject Credential Program) have released the sixth episode of their podcast, The Book Boat!  In this episode, Let’s Have The Conversation, they dive into approaching sensitive topics with students through the book Something Happened in Our Town: A Child’s Story about Racial Injustice.

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Lurie College Student Featured in EdSource

Congratulations to SJSU Alumni and Department of Teacher Education student Erin Enguero, who was interviewed by EdSource to discuss her experiences with our K-12 Online Teaching Academy! Read the EdSource article and learn more about our K-12 Online Teaching Academy.

SJSU Lurie College of Education Teacher Education Department Student Erin Enguero

SJSU Lurie College of Education K-12 Online Teaching Academy Square

SJSU Lurie College of Education Fall 2020 Graduation Celebration

SJSU Lurie College of Education Fall 2020 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 Fall 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, virtual Lurie College of Education Graduation Celebration on Friday, December 18, at 4pm and we will send out an email invitation with more detailed information to our graduates, faculty, and staff in the near future.  Graduating students can still apply to become the graduation speaker by submitting a 3-5 minute video of you reciting your speech by Sunday, October 11, via this Google form.  To nominate a Lurie College faculty member who you’d like to speak at the graduation celebration, please email luriecollege@sjsu.edu with the name of the faculty member and a 1-2 sentence description of why you are nominating them by Sunday, October 18.

More information about graduation and commencement for Lurie College of Education students is available at sjsu.edu/education/graduation.

Read the 2019-20 Lurie College of Education Annual Report

At the SJSU Lurie College of Education, we prepare transformative educators, counselors, therapists, school and community leaders.  We do this through an emancipatory approach across our teaching, scholarship, and service.  While this has been a challenging and tumultuous year, our annual report shines a light on the numerous ways that we’ve embodied these principles and the many reasons for gratitude, pride, and hope in the work of our Lurie College students, faculty, staff, and alumni.  Read the 2019-2020 annual report.

Help Shape Upcoming Lurie College LGBTQ+ Support and Inclusion Training Sessions

SJSU Lurie College of Education Faculty Kyoung Mi Choi and Robert Marx

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.

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Call for Lurie College Fall 2020 Graduation Student Speaker

Video description: Lurie College student Giselle Arellano – BA, Child and Adolescent Development, speaks at our Spring 2020 ceremony.

Lurie College wants to select a graduating student to represent and speak on behalf of the Lurie College community at the Fall 2020 ceremony.  The date and time for the ceremony are still to be determined, but it will tentatively take place online on Friday, December 18, at 4pm.  In order to be eligible to apply to become the student speaker, you must also be eligible to graduate.  Your speech can take any number of approaches, but should be original and should resonate with the event attendees, which will be made up of Lurie College students of different academic levels and disciplines, SJSU and Lurie College faculty and staff, and family and friends of all ages and backgrounds.

To apply, submit a 3-5 minute video of you reciting your speech by Sunday, October 11, via this Google form.  More information about graduation and commencement for Lurie College of Education students is available at sjsu.edu/education/graduation.

Listen to Episode 5 of the Book Boat Podcast

SJSU Lurie College of Education alumni Alejandra Valencia (MA/Multiple Subject Credential Program) and Jocelyn Rodriguez (MA/Multiple Subject Credential Program) have released the fifth episode of their podcast, The Book Boat!  In this episode, The Power of Names, they discuss the books The Name Jar and Alma and How She Got Her Name.

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Listen to Episode 4 of the Book Boat Podcast

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?

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K-12 Online Teaching Academy: “Assessment for Learning To Support Student Achievement”

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.

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!

Lurie College Faculty Partner with Foundation to Develop Lesson Plans

Eco Warrior Foundation and SJSU Lurie College of Education Partnership

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!