HACU – University of Salamanca Scholarship for Spanish Language Educators

The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) is collaborating with the University of Salamanca (USAL) to expand and disseminate the use of the Spanish language in the world. We are pleased to announce the University of Salamanca Scholarship for Spanish language educators through this partnership.

USAL has developed a set of asynchronous online courses for training teachers of Spanish as a second language. Over 225 Spanish language educators from HACU-member institutions will receive a scholarship to learn from experienced educators and experts in Spanish language and culture. Course durations range from 8 to 30 hours, and participants must meet the minimum requirements for passing the course to receive the certificate of completion.

The scholarship is open to faculty who teach Spanish courses at the college or university level, PK-12 teachers, and university senior students who are aspiring Spanish educators. The courses will be offered for the summer and fall 2023 semesters with different duration periods. Additional information about this program, including course descriptions and a link to the application can be found here.
The summer courses application deadline: May 31, 2023
The fall courses application deadline: July 31, 2023.

Student Philanthropy Council Opportunity

The University Advancement Office at SJSU is working to add a philanthropic component, the Student Philanthropy Council (SPC), to their current Student Alumni Connection (SAC) organization.

The SPC is a group of student ambassadors who promote and understand the importance of building a culture of philanthropy through our students and alumni at San Jose State University. Through these efforts, SPC members will gain valuable skills, have access to network with successful alumni and university administration, and make a difference on campus and in their peers’ lives. Philanthropy is seen through generosity in all its forms: time, talent, voice, network, and treasure.

The goal of the SPC is to have a representative from the Lurie College of Education. These student ambassadors will work to support students, improve the campus environment, and promote a culture of philanthropy on campus while increasing pride and traditions.

If you would like to be nominated for this campus opportunity then please send an email to luriecollege@sjsu.edu by 5:00 pm on Friday, June 2, 2023.

Financial Aid for Future Teachers

Funding your education can be a challenge. Fortunately, there are many resources available to help pay for school and reduce your debt. TeacherCertification.com has compiled a variety of information on financial assistance for future teachers:

To further support aspiring teachers, TeacherCertification.com is also offering two $1,000 scholarships with June 1 deadlines:

To learn more about these resources and how they can help you fund your education, visit TeacherCertification.com. On their About Us page, you can also learn more about their mission and meet the experts behind their resources.

Hiring for the SJSU College Corps | Opportunity for Students

The College Corps, part of the CaliforniansForAll program, hires students to serve in local after-school programs and non-profit organizations. As a fellow, you’ll provide computer programming enrichment for third through sixth graders and develop a curriculum. Don’t have programming experience? Don’t worry – training is provided.

SJSU undergraduate students who complete 450 hours of service through the College Corps can receive up to $10,000 to help pay for college. This historic state-level investment in service is a win-win for students and their communities.

To learn more about the SJSU College Corps and apply, visit https://www.sjsu.edu/ccll/programs/collegecorps/apply.php. And be sure to follow @sjsuccll on Instagram to see what members have been up to in the last two years.

Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to serve your community, gain valuable skills, and reduce your college debt. Contact the Center for Community Learning & Leadership at community.learning@sjsu.edu to learn more.

Explore Careers at City of San Jose

The City of San Jose, in partnership with the Career Center, is hosting an event to explore career opportunities at the City Rotunda on Thursday, April 6th from 12:00-3:00 pm. Representatives from every city department will be available to engage with students interested in learning about career opportunities relevant to their majors as well as active vacancies (internships and careers). Faculty can also explore synergies with City departments on any potential class projects, assignments, or research projects.

The event features guest speakers, SJSU President Teniente-Matson and newly elected Mayor Mahan, welcoming students to the event and expressing their shared commitment to enhancing partnerships in community, workforce, and policy development. The event also includes an Exploration Fair & Open House with free swag and an ice cream truck. Students are encouraged to meet with at least three department tables to receive free ice cream. Walking groups will be organized from the ADM building to the San Jose City Hall at 12.15PM, 12.30PM, and 1PM for those who may need to find their way. Students and faculty are welcome to walk over on their own at any time between 12-3:00 pm.

College Success Advisors | San Jose Cal-Soap is Hiring!

Cal-SOAP, the California Student Opportunity & Access Program, is currently hiring College Success Advisors in San José, California. The role will involve providing in-person support to help prepare students for college and careers. The successful candidate will need to be a full-time undergraduate student enrolled in 12 units or more and have a GPA of 2.5 or higher. They must also qualify for financial aid and be able to communicate effectively in Spanish or Vietnamese.


  • Full-time undergraduate student enrolled in 12 units or more
  • GPA of 2.5 or higher
  • Must qualify for financial aid
  • Ability to speak/write in Spanish or Vietnamese is greatly desired
  • Strong computer skills: proficient in MS Office Suite, Google Suite, and Social Media, and ability to learn and implement new technology
  • Possess academic advising experience or involvement with college access programs

Students who possess strong communication skills, the ability to plan short-term and long-term projects, and the ability to work independently are encouraged to apply! The successful candidate will be expected to mentor and motivate high school students in East Side San José to succeed academically and help them explore, plan, and prepare for college/university and career pathways. The position pays $17.00 per hour, with 10-19.75 hours per week, and work hours are flexible.

Apply here.

The Educational Partnership Center (EPC) of the University of California, Santa Cruz aims to increase the number of first-generation college/university graduates in San José. For more information on EPC, please visit epc.ucsc.edu

The Educational Talent Search (ETS) Program is another program within EPC in San José, that works alongside Cal-SOAP. ETS promotes a college-going culture among potential first-generation college/university students. Visit epc.ucsc.edu/programs/ets/

Cal State CREATE: A Visual Storytelling Event and Student Competition

Cal State CREATE, a virtual visual storytelling event and student competition, is just around the corner! Adobe has teamed up with the CSU Chancellor’s Office and Apple to bring you an exciting and educational experience. Join the program on April 5th for the kickoff event and stay with us through April 19th for a series of talks by industry experts, hands-on boot camps, and a closing keynote. Read on to learn more about what’s in store for you at Cal State CREATE.

  • WHEN: April 5th-19th, with an opening ceremony from 12:00 – 2:00 PST on April 5th
  • WHERE: Virtual event on Zoom
  • WHY: Opportunity to learn from incredible thought-leaders and participate in hands-on workshops with Adobe Express, Adobe Fresco, iMovie, and iPad creative workflows.

The event will feature career talks by distinguished alums Christopher Moore and Michael J. Payton, talks by industry experts, hands-on bootcamps, and a closing keynote from Associate Vice Chancellor Dr. Dilcie Perez, SDSU Associate Vice President Jessica Nare. Winners will be announced by Cal State Fullerton Provost Dr. Amir Dabirian.

Students will have the chance to attend hands-on workshops and dig into tools like Adobe Express, Adobe Fresco, iMovie, and iPad creative workflows. Students from throughout the CSU system are invited to participate in a Creative Jam-style competition.

The Creative Jam competition is open to all majors and requires no design experience. Participants will create projects using Adobe Express and compete to win some amazing prizes:

  • FIRST PLACE: Apple Air Pods, $100 Amazon gift card, $175 value Adobe swag bag
  • SECOND PLACE: $75 Amazon gift card, $175 value Adobe swag bag
  • THIRD PLACE: $50 Amazon gift card, $175 value Adobe swag bag

Register for Cal State CREATE now at https://calstate.edu/create.

Visit the event landing page: https://express.adobe.com/page/qh1IkhONE85AC/

SJSU Grad Slam | Highlighting SJSU Graduate Student Research

Grad Slam is a research communication competition at San José State University, where graduate students present their research in a three-minute, one-slide format to a non-specialist audience. This exciting and fast-paced event offers a transformative professional development experience and the opportunity to showcase your research to a wider audience.


  • Matriculated in a master’s or doctoral degree program at SJSU
  • Must apply as an individual presenter
  • Limited to one participation during your degree program
  • In the research/creative phase of your program, with significant findings or progress on your project

Rewards and Prizes:

  • Cash prizes of $1,200 (First Place), $800 (Second Place), and $500 (Audience Choice)
  • Eligible to compete in the CSU-Wide Grad Slam and regional competition
  • YouTube copy of your video submission for LinkedIn, portfolio, and CV/resumé
  • Invitation to act as a guest judge at the finals in the following year

Don’t miss the opportunity to highlight your research and gain valuable public speaking skills! Participate in Grad Slam and be a part of SJSU’s vibrant research community.

For more information, visit: Grad Slam Website and Grad Slam Google Website

Applications for STAR 2023 | Career in K-12 STEM Education

Cal Poly, SLO

The STAR Program is a unique opportunity for students looking to pursue a career in K-12 education. This 9-week summer program provides students with the chance to gain valuable research experience and get paid for it. Here are the key details you need to know:

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Junior level standing by January 1st, 2023
  • Enrolled at a California State University, Heritage University, Southern University, or Noyce Scholarship campus
  • At least 18 years old by the start of the program
  • US Citizen, PR, or DACA grant holder
  • Desire to pursue K-12 STEM education as a profession
  • No previous research experience is necessary

Key Dates:

  • Priority deadline: February 15th, 2023
  • Program dates: June 12th – August 11th, 2023
  • Placement phase: February – April 2023

To apply, students will need a resume, unofficial transcripts, and a reference from their professional network. Visit StarTeacherResearcher.org to learn more and apply today! This is a fantastic opportunity for students to gain valuable research experience and build their identity as a teacher and researcher. Don’t miss out on this amazing opportunity!


Conscious Classrooms Receives High Praise in The California Reader

The California Reader recently published a glowing review for the book “Conscious Classrooms: Using Diverse Texts for Inclusion, Equity, and Justice” by SJSU Lurie College Professor Allison Briceño, Ed.D., and her colleague from Santa Clara University, Claudia Rodriguez-Mojica, Ph.D. The reviewer, S.A. Griffin, praised the book’s impact on the education landscape and its role in promoting social justice and equity in the classroom.

Allison Briceno

Allison Briceño is an Associate Professor of Teacher Education at SJSU Lurie College of Education and coordinates the Reading and Literacy Leadership Credential and MA Program. Her expertise lies in bilingual teacher preparation and studying how bilingual students comprehend text. Her research has been published in several journals including Teacher Education Quarterly and Reading Teacher. Briceño’s work aims to bridge the gap in education for bilingual students.

Books are at the heart of instruction, and we can use them in ways that move us far beyond representation. The authors teach us how. They do an outstanding job helping us reflect on our own beliefs, shift our mindsets, and develop our critical consciousness. We consider the role of power, learn how to rethink schooling, and are prompted to better align our philosophies with our pedagogy.

According to Griffin, books play a central role in the learning process, and the authors do an excellent job helping readers reflect on their beliefs, shift their mindsets, and develop their critical consciousness. The book prompts readers to consider the role of power in education and how to better align their philosophy with their teaching practices.

With a paradigm shift underway in education, the book has come at a critical time, providing administrators and educators with the tools they need to become change agents and leaders. It helps ensure that every student has access to diverse texts that support their social, emotional, academic, and identity advancement.

The reviewer highly recommends the book to anyone who wants to take an active role in promoting inclusion, equity, and justice in the classroom and community. This book is ideal for professional development and will help save valuable time for collaborative teams, as it provides templates and strategies for assessment and communication.

In conclusion, the review in The California Reader reinforces the importance of “Conscious Classrooms” and its impact on the education landscape. If you’re an educator looking to promote inclusion, equity, and justice in your classroom, this book is a must-read. With a wide variety of resources and practical tips, Allison Briceño and Claudia Rodriquez-Mojica have created a valuable resource for educators everywhere.



Griffin, S. A. (2023). A review of Conscious Classrooms: Using Diverse Texts for Inclusion, Justice, and Equity. The California Reader, 56(1), 27-28.

SJSU Mentoring and Meetups | Join Now

Lurie College has partnered with the Career Center to host an online mentoring opportunity – just for you! SJSU² Mentoring & Meetups is an online platform that connects current students with SJSU alumni, and we have created a Lurie College group within the platform. Join now to chat with Lurie College alum from all departments and fields – Occupational Therapy, Community Advocacy, Preschool Programming, K-12 Teaching and Administration, School Counseling, Audiology, and many more!

Job Opportunities at YMCA of Silicon Valley

The YMCA is looking for hard-working, outgoing, energetic, and friendly individuals to join the After School and Child Care teams. Opportunities for full-time and part-time employment are available, and candidates must meet certain qualifications. The hiring event will take place in the SPX Lobby on the following dates: January 26, January 30, and February 1, from 9:30AM-1:00PM.

  • Part-time (After School Leader) positions pay between $20-$22 per hour
  • Full-time (After School Site Director) positions pay between $24-$26 per hour.
  • Employee benefits include development opportunities, full-time opportunities, flexible hours, and Y membership.
  • For more information, email Liz.Gonzalez@ymcasv.org

Apply online.

SJSU Lurie College Research featured on EdSource | CCREE

San José State University’s Center for Collaborative Research Excellence in Education researchers Lorri Capizzi, Brent Duckor, and Lauren Reagan has recently been featured in EdSource, a leading education news source in California, to discuss their research on the importance of mentoring for foster and homeless students in California’s community schools initiative.

The research highlights that the state’s $4 billion community schools program, which is just starting, will mesh academic improvement with community-based services focused on students’ health and development in hundreds, and eventually thousands, of low-income schools. It’s intended to support the state’s most vulnerable students, including an estimated 32,400 youths in foster care and 183,000 students experiencing homelessness, as of 2020-21. Authors Brent Duckor, Lorri Capizzi, and Lauren Reagan acknowledge that research on designing, implementing, and evaluating effective mentoring programs for these youths is “scant but emerging.” But what is certain is that the social isolation of homelessness and challenges of living in foster care create challenges in succeeding in school and transitioning to college. The authors recommend that community schools identify volunteers from the community and educational staff as potential mentors, then train them to understand foster and homeless students’ unique needs. They recommend that Universities could create certificate programs in mentoring for aspiring and existing teachers in evidence-based strategies, schools could set up peer mentorships matching college students who have experienced foster care and homelessness, and they could also partner with organizations like Big Brothers and Big Sisters with a proven record of effectiveness.

Lorri Capizzi is an accomplished Assistant Professor of Counselor Education with over 10 years experience supervising school counselors and over 15 years of experience in federal grant administration. She has a proven track record of working with underserved youth, has partnerships with several organizations, and her focus on practice-based training and applied research makes her a valuable asset to the field of counseling.

Brent Duckor is a Professor in the Department of Teacher Education with expertise in educational measurement, testing, and assessment. He has served on state and national boards, providing educational assessment and measurement expertise to organizations such as the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing, the California Department of Education, and the College and Career Readiness Evaluation Consortium in Washington, D.C.

Read the full article here.

Read the feature on EdSource here.


Through the eyes of Natalie Cabral in the Special Education department.

Natalie Cabral (Credential 2017, MA 2019) has been an educator for nearly 10 years. She is currently an Education Specialist with the Santa Clara Unified School District. This academic year has brought several new experiences for Natalie as she moved from a resource position to take on her own Special Education classroom, and joined Lurie College as a Lecturer in the Special Education department. Learn about Natalie Cabral and her experience


  1. What are some of your highlights from your time in the Special Education program
    What I appreciated about the program is that anytime I had a tricky case or something I needed feedback on, I loved that I was able to collaborate with my peers who were also doing similar work. And to collaborate with my professors, thought-partnering so I didn’t feel like I was on such an island.
    Dr. Simpson and I made a really great connection and she supported me throughout the process. I really appreciated the thoughtfulness that my professors put into their classes.
  2. Could you share about your journey with us from Journalism to Special Ed?
    I definitely fell into it! I started out as a paraprofessional and the following year I had a principal who said I really think you’d be great in this role, why don’t you try it out. I fell in love with the children, I love the smaller group size, the idea of being able to individualize my work and help on a deeper level, and provide closer attention to my students.
  3. What are some things that you would tell current students who are considering teaching to help them decide?
    In education, there are so many options to slide in and out of different roles. With a Special Education credential, you have more options to do this. This helps to prevent burnout too – started out with Resource and took a lot away from that experience.
  4. Logistics – what are some tips for balancing the paperwork side of things?
    Being organized and proactive is key! If you know you have a challenging case, prep for that IEP a month or two in advance, reach out to your team in advance. Once you get into a routine of being proactive, it makes life so much easier and you go into those meetings with much greater confidence – and you’re ready to share, think through, and problem solve with the team.
  5. What advice would you give to new teachers who are trying to navigate the professional space?
    Be collaborative and curious – ask questions of other teachers. Bridge the silos between general education and special education, that collaboration is so critical. Don’t be afraid to speak up with suggestions or advocating for new ideas. I set very professional standards and I’m flexible with the needs of the general education teachers I’m collaborating with.