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!

APPLY HERE!

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.

 

Reference:

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

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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.

 

Congratulations to Dr. Marcos Pizarro | Grant from Spencer Foundation

Pizarro, Marcos

We are thrilled to congratulate Dr. Marcos Pizarro, Associate Dean of the College of Education and Professor of Chicanx Studies at San José State University, on receiving a $50,000 grant from the Chicago-based Spencer Foundation. The grant will allow Dr. Pizarro and his colleague, Rita Kohli of the University of California Riverside, to conduct in-depth research on the experiences of teacher educators of color as they navigate systemic racism in teacher education programs throughout the United States.

Dr. Pizarro’s work focuses on helping Chicanx and Latinx students at various stages of their schooling to develop collaborative interventions that aid them in their efforts to succeed in school and to create social and racial justice in their communities. His efforts have led to the development of the Chicanx/Latinx Student Success Center at SJSU, which has resulted in a transformative model for Chicanx/Latinx student engagement and has enhanced Latinx students’ sense of belonging and academic success.

The Spencer Foundation is committed to funding educational research that improves education, makes education systems more equitable, and increases opportunities for people to continue learning across their lifespans. Dr. Pizarro’s work aligns perfectly with this mission and we are proud to see him recognized for his contributions to the field. This grant from the Spencer Foundation will allow Dr. Pizarro and Dr. Kohli to delve deeper into the racial barriers that teacher educators of color face, how they resist these barriers, and what they envision for the future. It will also provide valuable insights into the resources that are needed to usher in equity in the field of teacher education.

Once again, congratulations to Dr. Marcos Pizarro on this well-deserved recognition and grant. We look forward to the valuable insights and understanding that this research will bring to the field of teacher education.

 

Congratulations to Dr. Saili Kulkarni | Disability Mentoring Hall of Fame

Saili Kulkarni

It is with great pride and admiration that we congratulate Dr. Saili Kulkarni on being selected for the Susan M. Daniels Disability Mentoring Hall of Fame, Class of 2022. This honor recognizes individuals and organizations who are making a significant difference in the lives of youth and adults with disabilities through mentoring. The Hall of Fame was established to raise awareness about the importance of mentoring individuals with disabilities. The National Disability Mentoring Coalition and the Planning Committee are thrilled to include Dr. Kulkarni as a champion of disability mentoring.

As an Associate Professor of Special Education at SJSU Lurie College of Education, Dr. Saili Kulkarni has made a significant impact in the field of disability education. Through her research, she brings attention to the intersections of disability and race in teacher education, using DisCrit to understand how teachers, particularly special education teachers of color, enact resistance in schools. Dr. Kulkarni is also an advocate for restorative and humanizing practices for young children of color with disabilities.

We are proud to have Dr. Kulkarni as a member of the Lurie College community and look forward to her continued contributions to the field of disability education. Congratulations again on this well-deserved recognition!

 

Graduation Photos by Best Grad Photo | Fall-2022 Commencement

Best Grad Photo will be on-site during the Commencement ceremony to take official graduation pictures. The photos can be purchased through a unique link that will be emailed to the students a week after the ceremony.

Best Grad Photo will be back in the Spartan Bookstore for FREE makeup photo sittings. The photo sitting is free, and there is no obligation to purchase the photos.

Additionally, Best Grad Photo is offering a deeply discounted Micro Icon Photo Session for $12. This is a chance to be photographed on campus in front of SJSU’s most notable landmarks, by a professional photographer. There is no obligation to purchase the photos.

Register for a FREE makeup photo sitting in the Spartan Bookstore or for a discounted Micro Icon photo session by clicking this link or copying and pasting the link below to your browser.

https://www.bestgradphoto.com/sjsugradportraits

SJSU Grad Fest

 

 

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

Cal Poly, SLO
Applications for STAR 2023 are available now. If you are pursuing a career in K-12 STEM education, please visit the website and apply for a summer of transformative research aimed at building your identity as a teacher-researcher. Applicants should have junior standing by January 1, 2023, to apply.

  • No previous research experience is necessary
  • The priority deadline for applications is February 15, 2023
  • Applications will continue to be accepted until March 1st, 2023.

STAR offers:

  • Paid summer research opportunities for aspiring K-12 STEM teachers
  • Authentic research in national, private, and university lab settings weekly education workshops
  • Opportunity to present their research at a national conference

Online application and full program details can be found on our website at StarTeacherResearcher.org. To date, the STAR program has provided over 851 research opportunities for 613 individual STAR fellows.

The 2023 summer will feature in-person, remote, and hybrid placements.
Online applications, a video overview, and full program details can be found on the website: StarTeacherResearcher.org.

APPLY HERE!

Pre-Commencement Celebration RVSP Now

SJSU Connie L. Lurie College of Education would like to invite you to the pre-commencement celebration on December 15th, 3 PM – 5 PM in the Sweeney Hall Courtyard. It is a proud and festive occasion for the faculty & staff at Lurie College as we celebrate Lurie College Graduating students through their performance and accomplishments. Graduating Students are encouraged to invite family members.

The pre-commencement celebration will be followed by the commencement ceremony. Snacks/refreshments will be provided at the venue.

RSVP using this link

College to Career Bootcamp

Attend College to Career Bootcamp where you will hear from industry professionals and employers who will share valuable tips and advice on how to navigate your job search and successfully make the transition from college to career.

Topics include:  resumes, networking, job search, interviewing, and salary negotiation

Featured employers: Lockheed Martin, City Year, Sentry, and Enterprise Holdings

*Registration is required for event attendance, details and RSVP information found on SJSU handshake.

Volunteer at #SJSUFinalsWeek Stations

Final exams are approaching and our students are counting down the days until exams begin on Thursday, December 8, 2022.

To support our students during the final exam period, Student Involvement will host three #SJSUFinalsWeek stations during Finals Week on December 8, 9, 12, and 13.

Volunteer at #SJSUFinalsWeek Stations – Sign up Here
Volunteers will hand out free test materials, snacks, and encouragement to students. Materials and snacks will be provided by Student Involvement. Volunteer shifts are for 2 hour time blocks for the following dates and times:

    • Thursday, December 8 between 12:30pm-5:30pm
    • Friday, December 9 between 7:00am-5:30pm
    • Monday, December 12 between 7:00am-5:30pm
    • Tuesday, December 13 between 7:00am-5:30pm

To sign up, view the list of available opportunities on the SignUpGenius form and enter your information into an open shift. If your schedule changes, please adjust directly on this website to open the space for other potential volunteers. We will follow up with important volunteer details to all those who sign up.

Sign up Here

Another way that you can get involved and support our students: Please share with your Teams as well as with other colleagues.

Note: All those interested in volunteering should get approval from their direct supervisor(s) before signing up to participate. With your support/approval, Student Assistants are also welcomed to work at each station.

For more information and other questions related to Finals Programming, please contact Jordan Webb at jordan.webb@sjsu.edu or by phone at 408-924-5956.

As always, thank you for helping to support our Spartans during Finals!

SJSU Grad Slam

SJSU Grad Slam logo

The College of Graduate Studies is excited to announce that applications are now available for the 2023 Grad Slam Competition! We encourage students from all disciplines to apply (students graduating in Fall 2022 are also eligible). Whether you’re building a widget, chasing fires, or unearthing discoveries in art history, we want to hear from you! Applications are due by February 20, 2023.

What is Grad Slam?

Grad Slam at San José State University is a campus-wide competition for the best three-minute research talk given by a graduate student. Speakers are judged by a panel based on their ability to successfully engage a non-specialist audience while communicating key details about their research.

Why Participate?

Benefits of participation include the opportunity to showcase your research or creative activity, engage in professional development activities through our curated public speaking workshops, obtain a professionally filmed video of your presentation to add to your LinkedIn account for employers to view, and win cash prizes ($1,200 for 1st place, $800 for 2nd place, and $500 for audience choice)!

Attend our Information Sessions!

Sign up to attend the next information sessions on December 7 from 4 p.m. – 5 p.m. (PST) to learn more about this unique opportunity and to ask questions. More workshops will be added in December and January. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mn7GpujMtlU

Learn more at: https://www.sjsu.edu/cgs/events/grad-slam/index.php

SPARC Holiday festivities

SPARC student clinician dream team this semester

Left to right – Theo, Myles, Alex (CDS undergrad, now grad), Eve, Pauline, Jayme (CDS undergrad, now grad)- missing Alejandra in this picture.

These students worked very hard with their creativity, flexibility, and perseverance.

Their fantastic creativity and clinical work throughout the semester included Alex and Eve (who led a moving, social-justice inspired Aphasia Book Club that got us all hooked),  Theo, Pauline, and Jayme (who led one of the best renditions of aphasia choir we have had and a perfect return from the pandemic to live music), and Myles and Alejandra (who facilitated a novel Therapeutic Gaming group ending with a full-of-laughs finale of White Elephant- clients have already said they want this group to continue).

Every client and their family have expressed how much it meant to have this space, to return from the pandemic, and how grateful they were to our clinicians

Day of Giving | 29th November 2022

 

The Share Your Spartan Heart Day of Giving brings together our entire San José State community to raise money for the Connie L. Lurie College of Education, as well as over 80 projects, departments, and programs. Our students, faculty, and staff do outstanding work and SJSU would not be able to provide our life-changing education without the support of people like you.  Share Your Spartan Heart by selecting one of the projects below and making your gift today.

Click here to donate or copy/paste the URL in your browser: https://power.sjsu.edu/g/coed

Pre-commencement celebration | 15th December

Dear Lurie Students,

SJSU Connie L. Lurie College of Education would like to invite you to the pre-commencement celebration on December 15th, 3 PM – 5 PM in the Sweeney Hall Courtyard. It is a proud and festive occasion for the faculty & staff at Lurie College as we celebrate Lurie College Graduating students through their performance and accomplishments. Graduating Students are encouraged to invite family members.

The pre-commencement celebration will be followed by the commencement ceremony. Snacks/refreshments will be provided at the venue.

RSVP using this link

SJSU Alumni Mentoring & MeetUp

SJSU² Mentoring & Meetups is a partnership between the SJSU Career Center, SJSU Alumni Association, and the campus community which connects mentees (current SJSU students) with mentors (alumni and/or other industry professionals) to support mentee career success.

  • Explore potential careers by connecting with SJSU Alumni and other Industry Professionals.
  • Gain career advice on how to break into a field.
  • Grow your professional network in your career or industry of interest.

 

Contact Larissa Bates at sjsu2mentoring@sjsu.edu for any questions regarding SJSU² and Learn more today

EDCO & CHAD South Korea Study Trip Summer, 2023

Drs. Choi and Marx are planning to lead a short-term study-abroad trip to South Korea in the summer of 2023 for EDCO and ChAD students in partnership with Ewha Woman’s University in Seoul, South Korea.

Travel dates will be May 29-June 11, 2023. Students will receive three (3) credits for EDCO 244 (Cultural Perspectives in Counseling), which would count as a ChAD elective.

For more information and to register, please click here.
To attend the next upcoming information session on Friday, November 18th, 4:00pm – 5:00pm, click here.

*The application deadline is January 16th, 2023.