Join us at the Lurie College Faculty Research Symposium

SJSU Lurie College of Education faculty, staff, students, alumni, and friends are invited to attend our Faculty Research Symposium on Friday, April 10, from 12:30-2pm, which will showcase several Lurie College faculty and the impact of their research!  Presenters include:

  • Eduardo Muñoz-Muñoz, PhD | Assistant Professor, Department of Teacher Education
    • Presentation: Targeting linguistic targets: Academic English, Standard English, and ideologies among preservice teachers
  • Nadia Sorkhabi, PhD | Professor, Department of Child & Adolescent Development
    • Presentation: Mothers’ and Fathers’ Parenting Style and Emerging Adults’ Academic Achievement: Self-construal, Self-esteem, and Parental Psychological Control as Mediators
  • Shawn Vecellio, PhD | Lecturer, Department of Teacher Education
    • Presentation: Using Clearness Committees to Address Teacher Candidates’ Critical Incidents

SJSU Lurie College of Education Spring 2020 Faculty Research Symposium

Spring 2020 Ed.D. Leadership Program Dissertation Defenses

SJSU Lurie College of Education EdD Leadership Program Cohort 4 Costa Rica

Students from the fourth cohort of the Lurie College Ed.D. Leadership program are defending their dissertations during the Spring 2020 semester – learn more about each of their dissertations below!

Upcoming Dissertation Defenses

Heidi Schmidt Emberling | Tue., Mar. 31, 1pm, Zoom Video Conference

“How Does Alignment Between Policymakers and the General Public Affect Expansion and Improvement of High-Quality Childcare/Preschool in California?”

This mixed methods study examines specific factors that impede or interfere with expansion and improvement of high-quality early care and education programs and services in California, as well as identifies potential solutions, with a specific focus on alignment between policymakers and the general public.

Committee: Dr. Emily Slusser, Dr. Amy Leisenring, Dr. Arnold Danzig

Prabhjot Singh | Tue., Apr. 7, 11am, Zoom Video Conference

“Examining the Effects of a Peer-Mediated Social Skills Intervention on the Prosocial Behaviors of Elementary Students with Emotional Behavioral Disorders”

The purpose of this study is to examine the effects of a peer-mediated social skills intervention on fourth and fifth grade students, aged 9, 10, and 11 with EBD in a public-school setting. The current study proposes to explicitly teach students the target social skills of sharing, compliment giving, and sportsmanship using modeling, role-play, and discussion with feedback.

Committee: Dr. Lisa Simpson, Dr. Peg Hughes, Trudy Gross

Angela Maria Rengifo | Wed., Apr. 8, 10am, Zoom Video Conference

“The impact of the language of instruction on second grade Latinx Emergent Bilinguals’ understanding of place value in two Spanish-English bilingual classrooms. An Exploratory Study”

This mixed methods study examines whether and how the language of instruction impacts second grade Latinx Emergent Bilingual students’ understanding of place value and their communication patterns around this mathematical concept in two Spanish-English transitional bilingual classrooms.

Committee: Dr. Cheryl Roddick, Dr. Allison Briceno, Dr. Delnaz Hosseini

Jennifer Gee Huei Wang | Wed., Apr. 8, 3:30pm

“Developing Teachers’ TPaCK with Design Thinking and Community of Practice”

This study examines whether and how the self-selected K-5 teachers in a suburban elementary school in California demonstrated TPaCK in the integration of instructional technologies when they engage in a community of practice structured around design thinking.

Committee: Dr. Mark K. Felton, Dr. Lara Ervin-Kassab, Dr. Joe McCreary

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#IBelongAtLurieCollege | Charline Tenorio

What provides you with a sense of belonging at Lurie College?  Is it your drive to become a transformative educator, counselor, therapist, school or community leader?  A faculty member, advisor, your friends or student groups?  The opportunities, events, and culture?  Share with us on Instagram by tagging @sjsulurie and using the hashtag #IBelongAtLurieCollege in your caption or email us at so we can share uplifting stories from our community.  Learn about Charline Tenorio, Department of Communicative Disorders and Sciences alumni and graduate student, and what provides her with a sense of belonging!

“The overall environment of interdisciplinary collaboration and upward mobility of supporting each other is what really provides me with a sense of belonging here at Lurie College.  I had entered the college as a shy freshman and really got the opportunity to get out of my comfort zone by interacting with my peers.  Everyone in the college definitely upholds the idea of supporting one another in good times and bad; academically, professionally, and socially.  There is definitely something at the college for you, whether it be in student-run organizations with peers, project-based learning with faculty, or opportunities beyond the classroom with administrators.”

SJSU Lurie College of Education Communicative Disorders and Sciences Department Student Charline Tenorio

Lurie College Student Grants

Lurie College is pleased to offer several grant awards for the remainder of the Spring 2020 semester and the 2020-2021 academic year to support our students!  Awards include:

  • Student-Research Awards:  Supports students to be mentored by a faculty mentor on a student-initiated research project.  Students can receive an award of $2,000 per semester and $4,000 a year.  The deadline to apply for these awards for the 2020-2021 academic year is Thursday, April 30, 2020, at 4pm via this Google form.  Learn about research projects by Department of Special Education graduate student Monica Gonzalez and Department of Communicative Disorders and Sciences student James Chow who each received a student-research award for the 2019-2020 academic year.
  • Conference Travel Grant:  Provides financial support to its students who are presenting their research at conferences.  Undergraduate, graduate, credential, and doctoral students are eligible to apply for up to one $500 grant per fiscal year (July 1 – May 31) towards expenses for registration fees, travel, lodging, and meals.  A limited amount of funding is available.  To apply for a Lurie College Student Conference Travel Grant, please download and complete this brief form (PDF).  Learn from Lurie College Department of Communicative Disorders and Sciences students Ali Murueta, Liz Cagle, and Michelle Ballou, who received a conference travel grant for the 2019-2020 academic year.  If your conference has recently been shifted to a virtual environment, you should still apply for this grant.
  • Student Research Supplies Grant:  Provides financial support to our 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 for a Lurie College Student Research Supplies Grant, please download and complete this brief form (PDF).
  • Hardship Grant: 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. If you are a 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 to discuss this option as well as other possible campus resources.


SJSU Lurie College of Education Financial Aid Opportunities Spring 2020

Attend the SJSU Education and Public Service Virtual Job Fair

The SJSU Education and Public Service Job/Internship Fair has gone virtual and will take place on Thursday, April 23, from 3-6pm.   Registered employers include:

  • Continuing Development/Child Development Centers’
  • iMentor
  • Internal Revenue Service
  • King City Union School District
  • San Benito High School District
  • San Francisco Unified School District
  • San Leandro Unified School District
  • The Primary School
  • and more!

Visit the SJSU Handshake portal to view the list of employers and apply to their opportunities from Thursday, April 2 – Thursday, April 9.  Selected students will be invited for a 10 to 15 minute video chat with reps from school districts, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations regarding their anticipated full-time, part-time, volunteer and internship opportunities. This event is open to all current SJSU students and registered alumni members.  If you have any questions, please contact the SJSU Lurie College of Education Career Counselor, Christine Bautista, at



Free, Online CSET and CBEST Test Prep Resources

To help students and teachers continue studying for the CSET and CBEST while cautiously self-quarantining, 240 Tutoring is offering free CSET/CBEST online study guides from now until Sunday, May 31. To sign up email  The Lurie College of Education has also compiled an extensive list of CBEST, CSET, GRE, Praxis, and RICA test prep resources at

SJSU Lurie College of Education Test Prep Resources

Crowdsourced Resources for Educators

SJSU Lurie College of Education Communicative Disorders and Sciences Clinic

The SJSU Lurie College of Education faculty members have been crowdsourcing and sharing resources with one another as we’ve transitioned into a remote, virtual teaching and learning environment.  We would like to share these resources with Lurie College of Education students, alumni, and partners who may find them useful in their work.  The list below is in no particular order and are not necessarily endorsed by the Lurie College of Education.

Student Spotlight | Marili Avalos

Learn about Marili Avalos, a graduate student in the Counselor Education department at the SJSU Lurie College of Education. Marili is also the recipient of Florian and Grace Niemcziek Endowment for the 2019-2020 academic year!

Connect with Lurie College at to receive more news about academic and student life! Video and audio recorded by Brian Cheung Dooley and edited by Sydney Ahmadian. Music by Dyalla.

Participate in the Lurie College 10-2-1 Challenge

We’re building community at the SJSU Lurie College of Education while sheltering-in-place. Challenge a friend, classmate, professors, advisors, or colleague to answer 10 questions in 2 minutes using 1 take. You choose the questions (nothing designed to embarrass please). If you record a video of the responses and share it on social media, tag us @sjsulurie and then pass on the challenge. If you’ve already been interviewed, it’s your turn to interview someone else.  Watch Briettny Curtner, graduate student in the Department of Counselor Education, interview Dean Heather Lattimer, and then Dean Heather Lattimer interview Associate Dean Marcos Pizarro in the videos below.

Apply to Become an Impact San Jose Fellow

SJSU Lurie College of Education Impact San Jose Fellows

Do you want to make an impact as a transformative educator?  Are you committed to making a difference for students, families, and communities in the greater San Jose region?  Earn a multiple subject, single subject, or education specialist teaching credential with the SJSU Lurie College of Education while receiving up to $7500 in scholarship funding, mentorship and networking opportunities, and more.  To learn about all of the benefits and express your interest in becoming a fellow, visit

Student Spotlight: David Rognas

Learn about David Rognas, a Credential student in the Teacher Education – Single Subject program at the SJSU Lurie College of Education. David is also the recipient of the Dean’s Scholarship for Exemplary Teachers the 2019-2020 academic year!

Connect with Lurie College at to receive more news about academic and student life! Video recorded and edited by Sydney Ahmadian. Music by R.LUM.R.

Watch the Lurie College Scholarships Workshop

Watch this recording to learn from staff in the SJSU Scholarships Office and faculty on the Lurie College Scholarship Review committee about the 2020-2021 Lurie College scholarship application process.  More details about all of the Lurie College scholarship and grant opportunities are available at  The deadline to apply for SJSU and Lurie College scholarships is Friday, May 1, 2020, so start your application process as soon as you can!

Early Childcare Providers are on the Front Lines of the Coronavirus Pandemic

Please call your federally-elected official to ask for their support in providing emergency funding to maintain high-quality child care.

SJSU Associated Students Child Development Center

In order to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), schools have closed down across the region and the country, sending children of all ages home for extended periods of time.

Working parents are therefore facing unprecedented challenges in determining how to balance child care and work responsibilities. Those who are able to work from home must meet the needs of their children while remotely addressing responsibilities under rapidly evolving work conditions. Moreover, with the increased risks of exposure to coronavirus among older adults, grandparents may not be able to safely fill in as back-up caregivers.

With the economy reeling from the coronavirus crisis and the complications and consequences of hitting pause on the work of small and large businesses, schools, and other public entities, many employers and working parents will struggle to find a way through. While employers may allow some flexibility, it is clear that both working parents and the caregivers who support their children are critical to keeping the economy going.

Meanwhile, some parents simply must continue to work on site, including first responders (firefighters, police, nurses, etc.) and those deemed to be in essential roles. Importantly, the Santa Clara County Health Officer’s Shelter in Place Order recognizes childcare providers within this essential workforce, as their services enable other exempted employees to continue working.

As employers and employees throughout the region scramble to adjust to the shelter in place order and to flatten the curve, child care workers are being asked to serve on the front line of the coronavirus pandemic. This crisis highlights the importance of ECE providers to society and economic stability – not just now, but always. Meanwhile, these providers are themselves frequently living on the edge of economic security given persistent low wages. As a society, we need to recognize the importance of ECE providers. In light of this and other emergencies and natural disasters, resources should be provided directly to childcare providers, recognizing the role that they play in maintaining safe environments for children and facilitating adults’ continued involvement in the workforce. Furthermore, in order to maintain this workforce, they must be paid a worthy wage that not only keeps them out of poverty, but one that adequately compensates them for the role they play in society.

Written by the Early Childhood Institute (ECI) at San José State University, which is led by Dr. Andrea Golloher, Dr. Emily Slusser, and Dr. Maria Fusaro.  Recognizing the potential each and every child brings into the world, ECI promotes equitable and inclusive access to high-quality early learning experiences by collaborating with campus and community partners; advancing applied research; building the capacity of early childhood professionals; and advocating for professionals, young children, and their families.

Video Message from Dean Lattimer | March 18, 2020

Watch this video for a message from Dean Heather Lattimer following the announcement from SJSU that the Spring 2020 Commencement ceremonies have been postponed in response to COVID-19. Those who are eligible to complete their academic programs, apply for graduation (undergraduate) or candidacy (graduate), and fulfill all of their academic requirements will still graduate as planned. If you are experiencing a financial hardship during this time, please visit to apply for a Lurie College of Education Hardship Grant.

“Creative Minds” provided royalty-free by Video edited by Brian Cheung Dooley.

Lurie College of Education Impresses in Best Graduate School Rankings

This story was originally posted on the SJSU Newsroom website by Robin McElhatton.

SJSU Lurie College of Education 2021 U.S. News & World Report

San Jose State’s Connie L. Lurie College of Education had an impressive showing in the 2021 U.S. News and World Report Best Graduate Schools rankings.

The rankings, released on March 17, show the Lurie College placed in these four categories:

  • Tied for #2 among CSU schools of education
  • In the top 5 for schools of education in the Bay Area
  • Tied for #16 among schools of education in California
  • Debuted at #158 for best education schools in the country

“All of us in the Lurie College of Education are proud that we have been recognized for our efforts to prepare transformative educators, counselors, therapists, school and community leaders,” said Lurie College Dean Heather Lattimer. “We look forward to continuing to work collaboratively with our students, alumni, faculty, staff, and community partners to expand our college’s opportunities and impact in the region!”

The magazine bases its ranking of best graduate schools of education on two types of data: reputational surveys of deans and other academic officials and statistical indicators that measure the quality of a school’s faculty, research and students. They also assess both the preparedness of a school’s incoming students and the career or academic outcomes of a school’s graduates.

Student Success Center Team Discusses Self-Care

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As SJSU and our society at large are temporarily transitioning to a more remote, virtual environment, it’s crucial to identify ways to continue to cultivate a sense of connection with one another and to practice self-care.  Listen to this video chat with Saul Ruiz, Janene Perez, Annie Nobuhiro, and Krista Stirling from our Lurie College Student Success Center to learn more about how they are planning to practice self-care during this time.  Connect with us on Instagram – @sjsulurie and @luriesuccess – for more announcements, opportunities, and resources!

Updated Career Center Support for Lurie College Students

The SJSU Career Center Counselor for Lurie College, Christine Bautista, is now available for virtual appointments via Zoom on Mondays from 1-2:30pm and Tuesdays: 1:30-3:30pm.  To schedule an appointment with Christine, login to or email  Christine is also hosting a virtual LinkedIn for Educators workshop on Tuesday, April 7, from 3-4:30pm.  To register for this workshop, visit

SJSU Lurie College of Education Career Center Christine Bautista

Job Postings for Lurie College Students from the SJSU Career Center

SJSU Lurie College of Education Communicative Disorders and Sciences Clinic

Although the SJSU Health & Human Services Job/Internship Fair has been postponed to the Fall 2020 semester, Seneca Family of Agencies, Uplift Family Services and Via West are recruiting now for the following jobs. Interested students are encouraged to apply no later than Friday, March 27, to be considered for these immediate openings!  Log into SJSU Handshake for details about the following job opportunities listed below.

Seneca Family of Agencies:

Uplift Family Services:

 Via West, Via Services:

Statement to SJSU Lurie College Students from Dean Heather Lattimer | March 17, 2020

Good evening Lurie College Students —

In response to the County of Santa Clara’s shelter-in-place order and President Papazian’s instructions, the Lurie College of Education is now fully virtual.  Although we are now in separate physical spaces, our staff and faculty continue to be very much present in our support for our students.  We care deeply about you, your academic success, and your physical, financial, and emotional well being.

Staying Connected — This sudden move to a “virtual university” is new territory for us too…. We’re working to create virtual spaces for collaboration and connection within and beyond courses (if you have ideas on how to make this happen, please send them our way!).  You can also stay connected by contacting any of the offices listed below.  This information is also listed on the contact page on our website — You may want to bookmark the page for future reference.  We’ve arranged for on-campus phone numbers to be forwarded to staff and faculty cell phones so that we can be available for you at any time.  Please reach out with questions, concerns, or suggestions.  We are here for you!

Getting Help — If you are experiencing concerns about your health and well being, food or housing insecurity, financial stress, or anxiety, you are not alone.  The traumas associate with this global pandemic are real and impact many in our community.  We want to help!
  • Our Lurie College of Education Student Success Center team is available by phone and email.  They are trained in a holistic support model and prepared to respond to a diverse range of concerns.
  • SJSU’s Student Health Center and Counseling and Psychological Services also offer a full range of services remotely.
  • For those experiencing food insecurity, the Spartan Food Pantry remains open (please check hours).
  • For tenants who are worried about being able to pay rent amidst the COVID-19 crisis, the Cities of San Jose and San Francisco have adopted a temporary ban on evictions; Governor Newsom is encouraging cities throughout the state of California to adopt similar policies. Please connect with the Student Success Center or SJSU Cares if you need help pushing back agains a landlord who is threatening eviction.
  • For those who are struggling to pay bills and stay in school, Lurie College offers “Hardship Grants”. These one-time grants can provide up to $500 to cover unanticipated expenses and help you stay on track toward your degree.  Thanks to some generous donors, we’ve been able to increase the amount available this spring.  Please don’t feel that you are alone if you are struggling.  Reach out.  We want to help!

Looking Ahead — There is a lot of uncertainty right now.  In her Monday evening message (below), Pres. Papazian announced that online instruction will continue through the end of the Spring 2020 semester.  We hope to be able open campus back up for face-to-face advising and events before then, but will need to follow the directions of our state and county officials.  We know that many of you, especially graduating seniors and final year graduate students, have been looking forward to commencement.  I’m hopeful that we will be able to celebrate commencement as currently scheduled on May 21, 2020.  You’ve worked hard, experienced much, and the pomp and circumstance of a commencement celebration is a well-earned rite of passage!  Unfortunately, I can’t yet promise that we’ll be able to hold an in-person commencement event on 5/21.  What I can promise however, is that when this is over (and that is a when – not an if), Lurie College will have a full-blown, in person commencement celebration …  and it will be awesome!

Lurie College is a family and we are all in this together!  Thank you for supporting one another over these last weeks and for your bravery in facing the adversity of this moment.  We are here for you. Please reach out and let us know how we can help.

With Gratitude — Heather

Heather Lattimer, EdD
Dean and Professor
Connie L. Lurie College of Education
San Jose State University

Statement to Current Lurie College Child & Adolescent Development (ChAD) Students | March 16, 2020

Dear ChAD students,

We realize you are receiving a lot of messages right now, and we appreciate your patience as we strategize on how best to support our students.  For those of you engaging in course-related fieldwork this semester (i.e., service learning, practicum, and/or observations), please note the following:

  • Students will NOT be accountable for missed hours or assignments as a result of COVID concerns or site closures.
  • The ChAD department is working with university authorities to ensure that missed hours will NOT impact your ability to graduate on time.
  • The ChAD department is working with accrediting authorities (i.e., CTC) to ensure that students will NOT be accountable for all of the pre-professional hours needed to pursue careers in education.
  • As we gain clarity on when/whether sites will reopen after the spring break, your instructors will send information about alternative activities that will take the place of your fieldwork.

Finally, I encourage you to please reach out to me (the ChAD department chair) or your course instructors with any questions that you might have.  We are all working diligently to ensure your success this semester, but we realize that messaging may not be entirely consistent during these ever-changing times.  For that reason, we expect that your instructors will be your most reliable first point of contact.

Thank you all for your patience and understanding.


Emily Slusser, PhD
Child & Adolescent Development, Department Chair
Lurie College of Education, San Jose State University

What do you envision the future of learning will include?

SJSU Lurie College of Education Future of Learning Summit Irene Castillon

Listen to Irene Castillón, Assistant Principal/History Teacher at Cristo Rey San José Jesuit High School and SJSU Lurie College of Education alumni, discuss disrupting systemic barriers in education during her speech at the SJSU Lurie College Future of Learning Summit!  To learn more about the Future of Learning Initiative, visit and the #SJSUFutureLearn hashtag thread on Twitter.

Connect with Lurie College at to receive more news about academic and student life! Audio recorded by the SJSU Student Union Theater and edited by Brian Cheung Dooley and Katelyn Zamarron.