New SJSU Minor in Transformative Leadership

Our new SJSU undergraduate Minor in Transformative Leadership is an interdisciplinary approach to leadership development through engagement with anti-racist pedagogies and practices. By building a foundation and framework for developing an intersectional lens throughout this program, students develop their leadership goals around becoming transformative agents of change in their communities through meaningful, culturally affirming, and sustaining practices!

Our Fall 2021 courses include EDLD 120 – The Right to Learn: Language, Dignity, and Education as well as EDLD 160 – 1st Generation College Students Pathways.  To learn more, visit sjsu.edu/edleadership/academics/undergraduate-minor or emal us at transformativeleadership-group@sjsu.edu.

SJSU Lurie College of Education Transformative Leadership Minor Fall 2021 Courses

Apply to Participate in Our Lurie College En-Queer-Tros Initiative

We are seeking Lurie College students who are members of the LGBTQIA+ community and want to lead trainings and shape the future of inclusive education within our college!  Apply now to become a member of our new En-queer-tros initiative and get paid to use your knowledge, skills, and experience to make Lurie College more queer affirming.  Apply at tinyurl.com/enqueertros or email Child and Adolescent Development faculty Robert Marx at  robert.marx@sjsu.edu for more information.

SJSU Lurie College of Education Enqueertros

SJSU Assistant Professor Awarded Spencer Foundation Grant to Support Her Fight for Minority PK-12 Students with Disabilities

This feature was originally written by the SJSU Division of Research and Innovation.

SJSU Lurie College of Education Special Education Department Faculty Saili Kulkarni

Saili Kulkarni, Assistant Professor of Special Education at San José State University, has been awarded a racial equity grant from the Spencer Foundation for her research studying the intersections of disability and race and the implications for PK-12 education, justice studies and educators.

The grant supports education research projects aimed at understanding and improving racial inequality in education. Kulkarni and her team will receive $75,000 to pursue their project, “Playing Together: Using Learning Labs to Reduce Exclusionary Disciplinary Practices for Young Children of Color with Disabilities.”

Nearly six years ago, Kulkarni and her colleagues noticed a dearth of literature on the subject of exclusionary discipline — such as expulsion and suspension — for young children of color with disabilities, so they decided to take matters into their own hands.

“The idea came from a combination of our own experiences as special ed teachers, but also the experiences that we had working with other early childhood special ed teachers in toddler classrooms and centers,” Kulkarni said.

She and her colleagues understand firsthand that early learning experiences can have long-lasting effects on student outcomes. Disabled students in minority groups have significant disadvantages, and Kulkarni wants to reframe how teachers support and educate them.

“The project is really thinking about how to reduce or exterminate these ideas of exclusionary and harsh discipline for young kids of color with disabilities,” Kulkarni explained. “There’s been a recent uptick in the news of kids of color with disabilities, particularly Black children, who are getting suspended or expelled from preschool and kindergarten classrooms for things that are considered minor.”

Her work seeks to understand why these harsh consequences for seemingly minor infractions are occurring. She plans to orchestrate a multi-disciplinary effort to work with parents, teachers, administrators and other stakeholders to address the issue.

This proposal was Kulkarni’s second go-round for a grant award. This time, she had the University Grant Academy’s (UGA) assistance, a San José State University resource led by the Office of Research designed to assist faculty in writing grant proposals and obtaining extramurally funded grants.

“The nice part about the UGA is that it’s really structured, and it gives you lots of resources,” said Kulkarni. “You get course release as faculty for a semester to dedicate time on developing and sending your project for funding. We spent the entire semester working on several different grant components, getting feedback throughout the process from mentors, and convening with peers to see what everyone else was working on to potentially find some elements or efforts to collaborate.”

Kulkarni attributes much of her success to her colleagues and her mentor Laurie Drabble, Associate Dean of Faculty Success and Research and UGA facilitator.

“Laurie gave me tons of guidance and feedback,” Kulkarni said. “She also encouraged me to reach out to other mentors to get additional feedback, and that really helped get our grant some of the much needed details that it was missing early on.”

“Saili worked really hard to take full advantage of the UGA for her first submission — funding on the second round is not surprising and well-deserved,” shared Drabble.

With leaders like Kulkarni spearheading research to attain racial equity in education, disabled children of color may have a greater chance of getting access to the support they need – instead of being kicked out of school where they are even more disadvantaged. She hopes her work can make a public impact that will provide children that have a lack of opportunities, get closer to their full potential, and ensure that all children have the chance to flourish.

“The UGA and SJSU Research Development are here precisely because extramural funding is very hard to get, it really is the norm that it takes two to three submissions and careful editing and revising each time before a proposal is funded,” noted Julia Gaudinski, Director of Research Development.

“I am thrilled to see that Dr. Kulkarni leveraged her work from the UGA and turned it into a successful re-submission.”

K-12 Teaching Academy | Building Culture and Community One Story at a Time

Presenters

  • Abby Almerido | Coordinator, Workforce Development and Organizational Culture | Santa Clara County Office of Education | Twitter: @abbyinprogress

Description

Culture eats strategies for breakfast! Hold an SEL-compass toward stronger working relationships and collaboration by weaving in opportunities for your learners to learn and share about who they are. Leave with a toolkit of activities to try Monday and a deeper understanding of the power of seeing and being seen by others.

Access additional resources and all of our K-12 Teaching Academy webinars at sjsu.edu/education/community/k12-academy

K-12 Teaching Academy | Freedom Dreaming: Ethnic Studies Teaching in the Secondary Grades

Presenters

  • Julia Duggs | Ethnic Studies teaching candidate | SJSU Lurie College of Education
  • Victoria Durán, PhD | Social Science teacher | Overfelt High School
  • Marcos Pizarro, PhD | Associate Dean | SJSU Lurie College of Education | Twitter: @sjsulurie
  • Luis Poza, PhD | Assistant Professor, Teacher Education | SJSU Lurie College of Education | Twitter: @luisepoza

Description

This presentation brings together SJSU faculty and practicing Ethnic Studies teachers to deepen participants’ understandings of the purposes and core principles of Ethnic Studies teaching alongside examples from classroom practice. Webinar participants will have the opportunity to learn about the documented benefits of Ethnic Studies for students (regardless of racial and ethnic background) as well as specific culturally responsive curriculum activities that afford student agency, community engagement, and meaningful social analysis as part of students’ academic and personal development. Such activities include Youth Participatory Action Research, student counterstories and testimonios, and an in-depth look at a multi-faceted unit of instruction implemented in the 2020-21 academic year that fostered healing, home and community connections, and students’ “freedom dreaming” — collective envisioning of a more just society.

Access additional resources and all of our K-12 Teaching Academy webinars at sjsu.edu/education/community/k12-academy

K-12 Teaching Academy | Queering the Classroom to Foster a Safe and Inclusive Environment

Presenters

  • Robert Marx, PhD | Assistant Professor | SJSU Lurie College of Education | Twitter: @RbrtMrx
  • Frank J. Peña | Outreach and Speakers Bureau Coordinator | The LGBTQ Youth Space

Description

For some trans and genderqueer students, returning to in-person school may bring anxiety, fear, and expectations of victimization. For others, though, school may be the sole safe haven from an unsupportive home environment. This webinar, therefore, will provide the knowledge and skills needed to establish or enhance affirming and supportive classroom and extracurricular spaces, with a specific focus on practical steps to foster gender equity and inclusion. The presenters bring their experience teaching high school English, serving as a GSA advisor, providing direct community support to teachers and LGBTQ+ youth in the Bay Area, and conducting research with trans and genderqueer adolescents about their families, schools, and communities.

Access additional resources and all of our K-12 Teaching Academy webinars at sjsu.edu/education/community/k12-academy

Lurie College Black Graduate Support Group

SJSU Lurie College of Education Black Graduate Student Support Group

Hello, my name is Desirae McNeil.  I am a graduate student ambassador for the Lurie college here at San Jose State University.  As a student ambassador, I have an opportunity to hear and support graduate students in the college.  It was on my heart to start a community with other Black-identifying grad students together.  If you identify as a Black graduate student and are interested in creating a space to meet once or twice a month to support one another, please complete this intake form.

K-12 Teaching Academy | Bringing Our Humanity to the TK-5 Classroom Through an Ethnic Studies Stance

Presenters

  • Leah Aguilera | 2nd grade teacher | Oakland USD
  • Katy Felsinger | TK teacher | San Leandro USD
  • Hannah Swernoff | 5th grade teacher | Piedmont USD
  • Wanda Watson, EdD | Associate Professor | SJSU Lurie College of Education | Twitter: @wawatty

Description

This session explores how TK-5th grade teachers launch the school year with three main interrelated goals at the forefront: Building a classroom community that humanizes students and values their intersectional racialized identities, particularly those from Black, Indigenous, Latinx, and Asian backgrounds; Learning about students’ strengths, interests, experiences, and barriers to learning; Integrating students’ funds of knowledge and community cultural wealth into Ethnic Studies and Anti-racist curricular and pedagogical practices to facilitate liberatory student learning.

Access additional resources and all of our K-12 Teaching Academy webinars at sjsu.edu/education/community/k12-academy

K-12 Teaching Academy | The Next Normal: Reimagining Next Year’s Classroom

Presenter

  • Eric Cross | 7th Grade Science Teacher | Albert Einstein Academies | Twitter: @sdteaching

Description

In The Next Normal we will reflect on lessons learned from the prepandemic era of teaching and provide practical strategies to restore an equitable classroom community while supporting teacher wellness.

Access additional resources and all of our K-12 Teaching Academy webinars at http://sjsu.edu/education/community/k12-acdaemy

K-12 Teaching Academy | Centering Humanity Through Identity-Informed Collaborative Notebook Activities

Presenter

  • Betina Hsieh, PhD | Associate Professor of Teacher Education | California State University Long Beach | Twitter: @ProfHsieh

Description

How can we stay connected with our own humanity and that of our students after a year of distance learning? In this interactive presentation, educators will gain a sense of how humanizing pedagogies can be at the core of disciplinary learning and how we can invite students to share their identities, cultures, and experiences using digital tools and multiple modalities to support inclusive, community-grounded instruction in classrooms.

K-12 Teaching Academy | Reimagining K-16 (Science) Teaching and Learning During a Time of Crisis

Presenter

  • Tammie Visintainer, PhD | Assistant Professor Science/Teacher Education | SJSU Lurie College of Education | Twitter: @tavisint

Description

The intersecting COVID-19 and racial injustice crises have re-exposed the interwoven social, racial, political, and economic dimensions of educational opportunity and the injustices laid bare are many. This workshop will empower educators across disciplines from kindergarten to college as designers and leaders, who have the opportunity to transform inequitably designed education systems by radically reimagining and building learning environments from a foundation of human dignity and respect.

This workshop focuses on the design of equitable, inclusive, and justice-centered learning environments through the creation of design principles. Design principles serve as tenets for pedagogy and practice and as guidelines for the design of future learning experiences. To support this, I will draw from my experience as a science teacher educator and learning scientist exploring race, identity, and learning in science education; a professional pathway built from Black brilliance, generous mentorship, and the wisdom of scholars of color. As such, the workshop will engage in reimagining efforts that center the transformative and sustaining practices of Black, Indigenous, Latinx and other scholars of color who inspire the education community to approach teaching and learning from new ethical and pedagogical imaginations.

Workshop attendees will be introduced to design principles and guided through the construction process through an example from my secondary science methods course where teacher candidate’s construct Design Principles for Teaching (Science) for Equity and Inclusion. While science is the focal example, educators from any discipline are encouraged and welcome as this practice is widely applicable. Educators will leave the workshop with an expanded understanding of how to design learning environments that affirm and sustain the identities of minoritized students in/outside of science. This workshop offers hope and possibility for learning communities during the present crises and a reimagining of what they can become moving forward.

Access additional resources and all of our K-12 Teaching Academy webinars at http://sjsu.edu/education/community/k12-academy

Cultural Diversity ZoomPal Project

ZoomPal Project

In collaboration with Dr. Insoo Oh at Ewha Womans University in South Korea, Counselor Education faculty Kyoung Mi Choi invites SJSU undergraduate students to join our upcoming Cultural Diversity ZoomPal project, which will take place from Monday, August 9 – Friday, August 13.  This will be a wonderful opportunity for Korean American students at San Jose State University to engage in cross-cultural conversation with Korean college students at Ewha Womans University, Seoul, South Korea, about a range of topics:

  • Monday, August 9, 7-8pm | Diversity in college life
  • Tuesday, August 10, 7-8pm | Learning styles and academic success
  • Wednesday, August 11, 7-8pm | Career exploration and decision making process
  • Thursday, August 12, 7-8pm | Friendship and romantic relationships
  • Friday, August 13, 7-8pm | Self-care and mental health

To express your interest in this opportunity, complete this Google form.

Register for our Free K-12 Teaching Academy Webinars

SJSU Lurie College of Education Summer 2021 K-12 Teaching Academy

We established our free K-12 Teaching Academy in Summer 2020 to support current teachers, teacher candidates, and community partners in transitioning to online teaching as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Since then, our webinar recordings have been viewed nearly 25,000 times and our series has been highlighted on ABC7 News, EdSource, and the COVID-19 CA website.

Join us from Monday, June 28 – Thursday, July 8, for our free Summer 2021 K-12 Teaching Academy webinars, which will feature teachers, administrators, professors, and other practitioners and focus on relevant topics regarding returning to a “new normal” in classrooms in Fall 2021. Sessions include:

  • Week(s) of Welcome: Intentional, Inclusive Relationships Start Here
  • The Discussion-based Classroom
  • Talk as Transformation: Building Equity, Agency and Joy in the Elementary Classroom
  • Reimagining K-16 (Science) Teaching and Learning During a Time of Crisis: Transforming Learning Environments Through Justice-Centered Instructional and Pedagogical Design
  • Centering Humanity Through Identity-Informed Collaborative Notebook Activities
  • Better Together: Partnering with Families and the Community for Student Success
  • Considering Community and Trauma
  • The Next Normal: Reimagining Next Year’s Classroom
  • Bringing Our Humanity to the TK-5 Classroom Through an Ethnic Studies Stance
  • Queering the Classroom to Foster a Safe and Inclusive Environment: Lessons from Research and Practice
  • Freedom Dreaming: Ethnic Studies Teaching in the Secondary Grades
  • Bring it Back to the Classroom: What Did We Learn From a Year of COVID?
  • Building Culture and Community One Story at a Time

Learn more about each session and RSVP for as many as you’d like at sjsu.edu/education/community/k12-academy.

Lurie College Faculty Published in Latinas Leading Schools Book

Congratulations to Department of Educational Leadership faculty Fabiola Bagula and Rebeca Burciaga, whose chapters “Belonging and Being Enough” and “Coraje y Amor: Cultivating Leadership Through Cultural Intuition” were included in the recent publication of the book Latinas Leading Schools.  The book also includes contributions from Ana Tavares, Melissa Martinez, and Sylvia Méndez-Morse and all five scholars also collaborated on the Latinas Leading Schools panel as part of our Spring 2021 Emancipatory Education Speaker Series.

Latinas Leading Schools Book

Emancipatory Education Speaker Series Latinas Leading Schools Panel

  • 0:00 Welcome to our speaker series
  • 4:01 Introduction of Latinas Leading Schools panelists
  • 6:46 Latinas Leading Schools panel discussion
  • 30:48 Q&A with Latinas Leading Schools panel

Lurie College Faculty Receives Racial Equity Grant

Congratulations to Special Education Department faculty Saili Kulkarni, who has received a racial equity grant from the Spencer Foundation for her project “Playing Together: Using Learning Labs to Reduce Exclusionary Disciplinary Practices for Young Children of Color with Disabilities!”

SJSU Lurie College of Education Special Education Department Faculty Saili Kulkarni

Student Spotlight: Neng Xiong

“I’ve learned about the importance of a good support system from friends, family, colleagues and faculty.  As attending college during a pandemic can feel emotionally and academically defeating and isolating, having people you can turn to for support during these difficult times can make the experience easier.”

Congratulations to two-time Lurie College alumni Neng Xiong, who was featured by SJSU as an extraordinary graduate!  Read the feature at bit.ly/2S7TtZn

SJSU Lurie College of Education Teacher Education Department Student Neng Xiong

Lurie College Department Chair Featured on Career Insights Website

Shoutout to Special Education Department Chair Peg Hughes, who was recently featured on Zippia’s Future Of The Job Market Report!  She, along with thousands of other experts, shared insights around trends in the job market as a result of the pandemic, what skills stand out on resumes, and more.  Read the full feature on the Zippia website.

SJSU Lurie College of Education Special Education Department Faculty Peg Hughes

 

Congratulations to our Lurie College Strategic Plan Grant Recipients

During the Spring 2021 semester, Lurie College faculty, staff, and students were able to apply for grant funding for projects that aligned with the priority areas of our strategic plan – community engaged, culturally sustaining, holistic, and interdiscplinary.  Congratulations to all of our teams who were awarded funding for the following projects for the 2021-2022 academic year!

SJSU Lurie College of Education Faculty and Staff Group Photo 8x10

“Bilingual Communication Project”

Project leaders: Peitzu Tsai, PhD – Faculty, Communicative Disorders and Sciences; Lyle Lustigman, PhD – Faculty, Communicative Disorders and Sciences; Janet Bang, PhD – Faculty, Child and Adolescent Development

Project description: Nearly half of the people in California speak a language other than English, including 40% of students in public education, and more than 60% of young children under age 5 are dual language learners (CalEd Facts, 2019; Census, 2020; Holtby, Lordi, Park, & Ponce, 2017). However, support for dual language learners has been challenged by lack of available high-quality assessment (Chernoff, Keuter, Uchikoshi, Quick, & Manship, 2021) and limited evidence-based information on dual speech-language development across languages in early childhood. Without empirical evidence, clinicians and educators are often required to make decisions based on judgments that are at risk of biases, particularly while serving clients and families whose cultural-linguistic backgrounds differ from their own. Strengthening our understanding of dual speech-language development can not only establish high-quality, evidence-based, developmentally-appropriate, and culturally-responsive practice guidelines, but also prepare future clinicians and educators to curb biases and make equitable and holistic decisions while serving children and families with diverse backgrounds. This current project aims to examine speech fluency patterns in the course of bilingual language development in Mandarin-English speaking children to provide future clinicians and educators training in differential diagnosis and recognizing signs for referral related to bilingual fluency development, provide evidence for the professional communities about bilingual fluency development, signs for referrals and appropriate clinical services, increase collaboration between SLP and ChAD undergraduate and graduate student training to inform curricular design in enhancing interdisciplinary student engagement in research and community service, and provide developmentally appropriate and culturally sensitive information for bilingual families in relation to supporting speech and communication in young children at home.

“Creating an Inclusive Climate: Queering Our Classrooms and Our Campus”

Project leaders: Robert Marx, PhD – Faculty, Child and Adolescent Development; Kyoung Mi Choi, PhD – Faculty, Counselor Education; Frank Peña – Outreach Coordinator, The LGBTQ Youth Space

Project description: If you’re hoping to make your class, office, or programming more accessible for and supportive of your queer and trans students and coworkers, be on the lookout for upcoming training sessions and a professional learning community supported by the Strategic Plan Seed Grant. “Creating an Inclusive Climate: Queering Our Classrooms and Our Campus” represents a partnership between the Lurie College of Education and The LGBT Youth Space to offer introductory and advanced trainings at the department and college level around topics like pronouns and vocabulary terms, the hidden curriculum in our classes, and creating opportunities for authentic self-expression. We will also be hosting a Professional Learning Community for faculty and staff who want to more deeply engage in the work of transforming their corner of the campus into a queer-affirming space.

“Early Childhood Connections”

Project leaders: Joy Foster – Faculty, Child and Adolescent Development; Jessica Fraser – Faculty, Child and Adolescent Development

Support team: Iya Namata – Student, Child and Adolescent Development; Isabel Vallejo, EdD – Staff, Dean’s Office; Andrea Golloher, PhD – Faculty, Special Education; Donna Bee-Gates, PhD – Faculty, Child and Adolescent Development; Maria Fusaro, EdD – Faculty, Child and Adolescent Development

Project description: Early Childhood Connections brings together a cohort of SJSU Lurie College of Education students and recent alumni from across disciplines, who are in pursuit of careers involving young children. Through virtual meetings, ECC provides a space for participants to cultivate relationships, build community, and learn from community partners.

“Enacting Emancipatory Education: The Development of an Intersectional Disability Studies Strand (IDSS) at SJSU”

Project leaders: Saili Kulkarni, PhD – Faculty, Special Education; Sudha Krishnan, EdD – Faculty, Special Education

Project description: This project seeks to develop an Intersectional Disability Studies Strand (IDSS) under the existing Institute for Emancipatory Education (IEE) at San Jose State University. Housed in the Lurie College of Education under the Institute for Emancipatory Education, the (IDSS) at San Jose State University will serve as a community-engaged, culturally sustaining space that centers disability visibility and disability as an intersectional identity. Our strand is defined as a space within the IEE that would provide specific resources and supports to engage intersectional disability studies and accessibility in education.

“Enhancing Ethnic Studies Education and Teacher Diversity Pathways”

Project leaders: Luis Poza, PhD – Faculty, Teacher Education; Travis Boyce, PhD – Faculty, African American Studies; Khalid White, EdD – Faculty, San
José City College

Project description: This project will unify and provide support for numerous incipient efforts currently underway between the Teacher Education Department and various other entities. TED seeks to diversify the teacher workforce and increase the anti-racist and emancipatory orientations of teacher candidates. One part of this work is the Ethnic Studies Residency Program (ESRP), which places carefully selected Social Science/History teacher candidates in Ethnic Studies classrooms at Overfelt High School of East Side Union High School District to help prepare teachers specifically of Ethnic Studies or, at minimum, with robust understanding of Ethnic Studies principles and practices should they go on to teach another subject within their credential. Another facet of the work involves partnering with the Ethnic Studies Council at San Jose State to recruit undergraduates in African American Studies, Chicana/o/x Studies, Asian American Studies, and Native American Studies into teacher preparation pathways through the SAGE programs that allow undergraduates to start taking graduate level courses for their teaching credential in their final years as they simultaneously complete their majors. A third dimension encompasses collaboration with Ethnic Studies faculty at San Jose City College who also teach high school dual enrollment Ethnic Studies courses to help their students feel welcome at their various transition points (from high school to junior college, transferring to SJSU SAGE undergraduate pathways, and ideally to Lurie College graduate programs including the ESRP). This project unifies all three of these efforts as part of a cohesive pipeline for capacity-building around Ethnic Studies content and pedagogy.

“Expanding Community Capacity for Youth Civic Empowerment”

Project leaders: Ellen Middaugh, PhD – Faculty, Child and Adolescent Development; Mark Felton, PhD – Faculty, Teacher Education

Project description: Civic education is widely viewed as an essential part of the K–12 education social studies. Yet, high quality civics curriculum is limited and even less has been developed surrounding online civic engagement that intentionally incorporates the lived experiences of students and teachers (Andolin & Conckin, 2020). Furthermore, research has found racial inequities in access to high quality civic learning opportunities, such as opportunities to discuss social problems and current events, options to express student voice and make decisions in an open classroom climate, and inequities based on school achievement and socioeconomic status in the total number of high quality civic learning opportunities (Kahne & Middaugh, 2008). Previous research suggests that the most effective civic education involves teaching through civic participation rather than just teaching about it (Blevins, LeCompte & Wells, 2016). However, teaching through participation online, which is where much public discourse unfolds and where youth often engage with civic issues (Cohen et al, 2012), can feel risky to teachers who have little experience in guiding youth in navigating such settings (Herold, 2016), especially in politically diverse environments. Our goals are to share existing opportunities and practices for youth civic empowerment (e.g. what’s working); identify critical needs for expanding and deepening youth civic empowerment: explore opportunities for integrating digital and civic learning opportunities in school; propose a set of design principles for curriculum that promotes civic action through social media; and develop and implement exemplar units.

“Interprofessional Education Project”

Project leaders: Jason Laker, PhD – Faculty, Counselor Education; Colette Rabin, PhD – Faculty, Teacher Education; Grinell Smith, PhD – Faculty, Teacher Education

Project description: The Interprofessional Education Project group (Jason Laker (Counselor Education), Rebeca Burciaga (Educational Leadership); and Collette Rabin, Grinell Smith, and Lara Kassab (Teacher Education)), will be developing two interdisciplinary education courses to be offered College-wide. One will focus on socio-cultural foundations of education, and the other will introduce students to Community-Based Participatory Action Research (CBPAR), possibly in collaboration with a local School District or other educational or community organization. We will be consulting with faculty across the College to identify representative content, apprehend interest and support among our colleagues, and determine the elements needed for one or both courses to “count” toward various degree and credential programs.

“Justice-Centered Science Teacher Collective: Supporting the Preparation and Development of K-12 Justice-Centered Science Teacher Leaders and Change Agents”

Project leaders: Tammie Visintainer, PhD – Faculty, Teacher Education; Single Subject Credential Program teacher candidates and beginning teacher alumni; teachers from the Lurie College STEM+C Teacher Institute

Project description: In this moment in history, the intersecting racial injustice, public health, and environmental crises have laid bare myriad educational inequities and the K-12 education system finds itself at the precipice of reproducing the injustices of normalcy or transformative change. At the same time, in K-12 science classrooms in California and elsewhere, the adoption of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), the most recent science education reform, promotes shifting away from formulaic instantiations of the scientific method (e.g., prescribed labs) to align with the way real scientists do their work. However, while NGSS presents exciting opportunities, it also presents challenges. First, teachers are asked to teach science in ways that they often have not experienced themselves. Second, curricular materials are limited as are professional learning opportunities for teachers. To address these challenges, this project brings together Lurie College’s Teacher Education Department and College of Science’s Science Education Program to support the professional learning and development of transformative science educators through participation in a Justice-Centered Science Teacher Collective.

“Perspectives on Culturally Sustaining Practices for Black, Indigenous, and People Of Color who use Augmentative and Alternative Communication”

Project leaders: Alison Pentland – Faculty, Communicative Disorders and Sciences Department; Wendy Quach, Ph.D. – Faculty, Communicative Disorders and Sciences Department

Project description: This project will explore how professionals are supporting and can better support Black, Indigenous, and people of color who have severe communication needs. We intend to bring together individuals from these communities who use augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) to express themselves. Researchers and moderators will conduct four semi-structured interviews and four focus groups virtually through video conferencing and asynchronous text-based discussion hosted in Canvas. The groups will include people who use AAC and their families, focusing on how their unique cultural and linguistic identities may be supported by the professionals who work with them (e.g. speech-language pathologists, educators, occupational therapists, etc.).

Student Spotlight: Briettny Curtner

“I have learned many lessons during the seven years that I have spent with #SJSU. The most impactful is the value of authenticity.”

Congratulations to soon-to-be Lurie College alumni Briettny Curtner, who was featured by SJSU as an extraordinary graduate! Read the feature at bit.ly/3ybIpKG

SJSU Lurie College of Educaiton Counselor Education Department Graduate Student Briettny Curtner

Lurie College Faculty and Student Featured in Rethinking Schools

Shoutout to Special Education faculty Saili Kulkarni and students Samuel Bland and Monica Gonzalez, who were highlighted in the recent Rethinking Schools publication for their Special Education Teachers of Color Collective. Read the highlight at bit.ly/3oa8gye

Attend Our Spring 2021 Lurie College Learning Showcase

SJSU Lurie College of Education Learning Showcase

Our semi-annual SJSU Lurie College of Education Learning Showcase highlights our undergraduate, graduate, credential, and doctoral students while they’re on their journeys to becoming transformative educators, counselors, therapists, school and community leaders under our college’s four priority areas: community-engaged, culturally sustaining, holistic, and interdisciplinary.

Our Spring 2021 Learning Showcase will take place virtually on Friday, May 14, from 4-6:30pm and will include presentations and panels focused on topics such as:

  • Action Research/Intervention for Students with Disabilities
  • Communication, Covid & Complications
  • Co-Teaching/Inclusion Research
  • Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Perspectives in Research
  • Emancipatory Education Now
  • Perceptions and Special Education
  • Systematic Review of Interventions and Supports for Students with Disabilities
  • Understanding the Importance of Intentional Breaks to Relax, Reflect, and Refocus
  • What it’s like to be a ChAD Student Ambassador

To learn more about each of the sessions and RSVP to attend, visit sjsu.edu/education/showcase.

Watch Our Faculty Research Symposium

Watch our Lurie College faculty present their research related to diversity, social justice and culturally sustaining pedagogy!

  • 0:00 – Welcome to our Faculty Research Symposium
  • 0:42 – Opening remarks from Dean Heather Lattimer
  • 1:55 – Allison Briceño, EdD – Assistant Professor, Teacher Education – “Teaching Pre-service Teachers to Enact Culturally Sustaining Pedagogy: Shifting Critical Consciousness”
  • 27:48 – Roxana Marachi, PhD – Associate Professor, Teacher Education – “Philanthro-Capitalism and Equity Doublespeak: When ‘Innovation’ is Exploitation and Silicon Solutions Fuel Next Level Systemic Racism”

Watch Episode 6 of Emancipatory Education Now

Emancipatory Education Now is a 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.

Our co-hosts for the Spring 2021 semester are:

  • Abby Almerido – Graduate student, Educational Leadership
  • Aminah Sheikh – Undergraduate student, Communicative Disorders & Sciences
  • Ana Isabel Hahs – Graduate and credential student, Teacher Education
  • Vaishnavi Sunkari – Undergraduate student, Child & Adolescent Development, Public Health
  • Victor Calvillo Chavez – Graduate student, Counselor Education

In this episode, Abby leads a dialogue around stereotype threat. The co-hosts shared their insights framed by questions such as:

  • What resonated with you about this TEDTalk? Did anything surprise you or challenge your previous ways of thinking?
  • We started today’s sharing some of our layers of our identity. As you consumed Adichie’s talk on Single Stories, what single stories were coming up for you about yourself?
  • In the TEDTalk, Adichie references an Igbo word: nkali (9:37) – “to be greater than another.” She goes on to say that single stories exist because there are those who have the power to write the definitive stories of a person or group of people. Our media have the power of telling the story of people. What single stories do you see in the media?
  • Why is it important to understand the single stories of ourselves and others? Why is it important for those in education to identify when single stories exist?
  • We also read an article on some ways to address stereotype threat in the classroom. What are your thoughts on those suggestions? Is it enough? What else could be done?

after watching “The danger of a single story” by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and reading “How Teachers Can Reduce Stereotype Threat in the Classroom.”

This episode’s call to action: How are you purposefully providing opportunities for those you influence and who influence you to give you a more complete story of who they are? Let’s all build bridges across differences one story at a time.

All of the recordings for this series are available at sjsu.edu/education/emancipatory-education-now.  Join us for our final episode on Friday, May 14, at 5:15pm at the Lurie College Learning Showcase.  More information coming soon at sjsu.edu/education/showcase.

Lurie College Student Receives SJSU Outstanding Thesis Award

Congratulations to recent Communicative Disorders & Sciences alumni Grace Shefcik, whose thesis “Assessment of Non-binary Individuals’ Self-perception of Voice” was selected for the annual SJSU Outstanding Thesis Award!  This award is given by the College of Graduate Studies to one student whose thesis was published in May, August or December of 2020, or provisionally approved for publication in May 2021.  The winner of the Outstanding Thesis Award receives $1,000 as well as a special recognition during commencement.

SJSU Lurie College of Education Communicative Disorders and Sciences Student Grace Shefcik

Attend Our Lurie College Faculty Symposia

Join our SJSU Lurie College of Education faculty as they present their research related to diversity, social justice and culturally sustaining pedagogy!

SJSU Lurie College of Education Spring 2021 Faculty Research Symposium 2 Allison Briceno Roxana Marachi

Thursday, May 6, 12-1pm, RSVP for the Zoom link

  • Allison Briceño, EdD – Associate Professor, Department of Teacher Education
    • “Teaching Pre-service Teachers to Enact Culturally Sustaining Pedagogy: Shifting Critical Consciousness”
  • Roxana Marachi, PhD – Associate Professor, Department of Teacher Education
    • “Philanthro-Capitalism and Equity Doublespeak: When “Innovation” is Exploitation and Silicon Solutions Fuel Next Level Systemic Racism”

SJSU Lurie College of Education Spring 2021 Faculty Research Symposium 1 Lyle Lustigman Nidhi Mahendra

Monday, April 19, 1-2pm, RSVP for the Zoom link

  • Lyle Lustigman, PhD – Assistant Professor, Communicative Disorders & Sciences
    • “‘And what were you doing?’ ‘Helping!’ Adult scaffolding in children’s early language development”
  • Nidhi Mahendra PhD – Associate Professor, Communicative Disorders & Sciences
    • “Spartan Aphasia Research Clinic (SPARC): Where aphasia research, clinical service delivery, and student training meet”