Read our 2020-2021 Lurie College Impact Report

As we emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic, our SJSU Lurie College of Education is positioned to lead.  Our faculty, staff, and students have done remarkable work during this past year.  We’ve grown enrollments in our traditional programs and launched exciting new programs that extend our reach to new student populations.  We’ve strengthened our commitment to educational equity and racial justice by investing resources in bold emancipatory initiatives and tackling structural challenges within the college.  We’ve amplified the impact of faculty-led research by strengthening our community partnerships and growing our media engagement.  These achievements position Lurie College to lead our regional P-20 educational ecosystem and to be a model nationally of what it means to be a truly transformative college of education.

Read our 2020-2021 Impact Report above or at sjsu.edu/education/about.

Enter Your Name to Dine with the Dean

SJSU Lurie College of Education Dine with the Dean Fall 2021

SJSU Lurie College of Education undergraduate, graduate, credential, and doctoral students can enter your name for a chance to join Dean Heather Lattimer and a group of students for great conversation and a complimentary meal each month during the academic year!

Attendees will be selected at random – none of your responses in the RSVP form will affect whether or not you’re selected, but they will help Dean Lattimer learn a little bit about you before the meal if you are selected.

Those who are selected to dine with the dean will receive an email notification approximately 1 week before each meal if once they’ve been randomly selected. Those who aren’t selected for a meal are still eligible to be selected for a future meal. Lurie College students are only eligible to enter their information once and attend at most one meal per academic year.

The Fall 2021 Dine with the Dean events are scheduled to take place:

  • Wednesday, November 3, 11:30am – 1:30pm
  • Wednesday, November 17, 4:30 – 6:30pm

Enter your name to dine with the dean at tinyurl.com/luriecollegedwd.

Attend the Lurie College Student Open Forum

SJSU Lurie College of Education Student Forum

Join Dean Heather Lattimer and Associate Dean Marcos Pizarro on Wednesday, October 6, from 3-4pm on Zoom for an informal discussion about your student priorities!  The information to join the Zoom discussion was sent to Lurie College students via a Google Calendar email invitaiton.

Transforming the Way We Teach

Ellen Middaugh teaching in a classroom pre-pandemic

How can pursuing an education help you find your voice — and how can you use your voice to transform others?

San José State’s Connie L. Lurie College of Education is subverting the hierarchies embedded in higher education, primarily “systemic racism that has historically prevented full inclusion and equity for our BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) students, staff, and faculty,” one initiative at a time. Starting in 2018, Dean Heather Lattimer invited students, staff and faculty to participate in a year-long strategic planning process to brainstorm innovative ways to disrupt education. How could each department, from Teacher Education to Communicative Disorders and Sciences, create an environment that promoted inclusivity, diversity and anti-racist thought?

The first step? Listening. Listening to our teachers, undergraduates, graduate students and staff as well as educators working in the field, researchers and policymakers. Listening to lecturers like Marcella McCollum, ’05 MA Speech Pathology, ’22 EdD, who not only volunteered to serve on the strategic planning committee but also proposed a minor in Transformative Leadership in partnership with Rebeca Burciaga, professor of educational leadership and Chicana and Chicano Studies.

“We need to think about changing paradigms,” says McCollum. “We cannot just offer a class or textbook that tells you how to overcome the challenges that exist in our current educational systems as they are designed. We want students to question why things are the way they are. We want them to have the tools, so they can push back when something looks unjust.”

Throughout the year-long process, the strategic planning committee interviewed students, gathered research and collaborated to update the college mission. The committee created an identity statement and formed four strategic pillars — community engagement, cultural sustainability, holistic approaches and interdisciplinary collaboration — which unites the college’s work across departments. Faculty, staff and students were then invited to submit grant proposals for endeavors that aligned with those pillars.

Luz Nicacio, ’21 Child and Adolescent Development, provided key insight as the only undergraduate on the committee who helped review grant proposals, provide feedback to those submitting ideas and select those that would be awarded funding.

“I saw how influential my voice was in deciding the college’s direction,” she says. “Being on the committee showed me that my college values the opinions of its students and does care about us.”

Read the full story from Julia Halprin Jackson on the SJSU Transform website.

Thank You, Lurie College Students!

Hi Lurie College students.

On behalf of our college faculty and staff, I want to extend a big THANK YOU for all that you have done to make the first weeks of the semester a success. Thank you for your flexibility and perseverance as we’ve navigated a return to campus. Thank you for taking steps to keep everyone safe and healthy by wearing masks and getting vaccinated. Thank you for your generosity and compassion as we all adapt to the realities to this semester’s sort of in person, sort of online learning experience. You’ve been wonderful and I continue to be grateful to be part of a college with students who are committed to making a difference and caring for our larger community. Thank you!

As you continue to navigate through the semester, our faculty, staff, and advisors are here to support your success. Our college offices can be accessed both in person and virtually. Please see department websites for information about on-site office hours, phone and email contacts, and instructions on how to make an appointment for in person or virtual advising.

If you get stuck and aren’t sure who to contact, you can always call or email the Lurie College Success Center or stop by the Dean’s Office in Sweeney Hall 103. We are here Monday through Friday 8am-5pm.

On Tuesday, Pres. Papazian announced that we will have in person graduation ceremonies at the event center this fall. I’m delighted that we will be able to celebrate our newest graduates – as well as our graduates from 2020 and spring 2021 – in person. We are also hoping to begin to have more in person events and extracurricular activities as the semester progresses. Please keep an eye out for announcements in future newsletters. If you have ideas for community building events that you’d like to help organize, please check in with your advisors, student clubs, the success center, or contact the dean’s office.

Thank you again for all that you contribute to our college. We so appreciate you!

 

 

 

CSU Statement in Support of Culturally Sustaining, Equity Driven, and Justice Focused Pedagogies

Juneteenth March and Rally at SJSU

The SJSU Lurie College of Education is committed to taking action to advance racial justice and educational equity. As deans, we are in solidarity with our faculty, students, staff, alumni, and community partners whose work confronts structural racism, inequity, and oppression in our educational systems and society at large. At a time when there is tremendous pressure and scrutiny on educators, we want to make clear our responsibility and commitment to support our colleagues and community to speak truth, advance our collective understanding through research and teaching, and advocate for justice.

Education Deans and Leaders from campuses across the California State University system are similarly allied with educators who advance culturally sustaining, equity driven, and justice focused pedagogies and have issued a statement to voice their support.  Learn more about our Lurie College Racial Justice Priorities and Strategic Plan Initiatives at sjsu.edu/education/community/strategic-plan.

Attend the Lurie College Student Open Forum

SJSU Lurie College of Education Student Forum

Join Dean Heather Lattimer and Associate Dean Marcos Pizarro on Wednesday, September 1, from 3-4pm on Zoom for an informal discussion about your student priorities!  The information to join the Zoom discussion was sent to Lurie College students via a Google Calendar email invitaiton.

Fall 2021 Welcome Message from Dean Lattimer

Welcome to the Fall 2021 semester at SJSU’s Lurie College of Education. We are so excited to be back on campus this fall and very much look forward to connecting with you in person. Our faculty, staff, and student leaders have been working hard to prepare engaging and meaningful in person and virtual experiences that are designed to support you on your educational journey.

The past year and a half has repeatedly demonstrated the importance of the academic and professional fields housed in our college. As our society has grappled with the overlapping pandemics of COVID 19, economic inequality, racial injustice, and environmental degradation, it is our teachers, counselors, therapists, school and community leaders who are providing possibility and hope to children, families, and communities.

As a college, we are committed to preparing you to be transformative leaders in your fields. In your classes this semester you’ll be challenged to explore new ideas and dig deep into critical questions. You’ll also have opportunities to connect to faculty and advisors outside of class, work on faculty-led research projects, and pursue initiatives connected to our college strategic plan. Our student-led clubs offer academic enrichment, advocacy, and social activities. And I encourage you to make time to go to your professors’ office hours, drop by our Student Success Center, and just hang out with other students in your program – this human connection is something that we’ve all been craving during the past year and a half. And it is in these informal interactions that life-long connections are made and some of the best, most transformative learning takes place.

As we navigate the coming semester, I encourage you to be patient with yourselves and others as we all adapt to the evolving dynamics of the pandemic. Please take care of yourselves and prioritize your physical, mental, and emotional health. Look out for members of our larger community by remembering to wear your mask, stay home, and get tested if you have any COVID symptoms, and – if you haven’t already, please get vaccinated. Our faculty and staff are working to ensure the safest conditions possible. Stay in close communication with your professors and program advisors, ask questions if you need clarification, and reach out if you have a physical or mental health concern. More information about SJSU health policies and additional resources can be found on the SJSU Adapt website. These are challenging times and we all need to prioritize kindness and generosity in our community and remember to give grace to yourselves and one another.

My hope for you is that you will find joy this semester. In the midst of multiple pressures and sometimes overwhelming challenges, I hope that you find joy in your classes, in our Lurie College community, and in the purpose and passion that brought you to SJSU. Our faculty, staff, and leadership team are here to support you and champion your success at every step along your journey.

Take good care and have a fantastic Fall semester!

Lurie College Reimagines the Future of Education at the Inaugural Learner Design Summit

SJSU Lurie College of Education REP4 Learner Design Summit Group Photo

How do you design inclusive models for teaching and learning? It’s simple: Ask the students.

Last week, the Lurie College held its first Learner Design Summit to launch SJSU’s regional Rapid Education Prototyping (REP4) Alliance.

The REP4 Alliance is a powerful network of regional and national education, industry and technology leaders, led by the six founding higher education partners, including the Lurie College. This alliance brings together diverse learners to develop new ideas for higher education programming using liberatory design principles.

At the summit, a total of 25 local students, including rising 11th and 12th graders, recent high school graduates, community college students and SJSU undergraduates collaborated and designed creative proposals, or “prototypes,” to address existing challenges in the higher education system.

“A prototype is a pitch that students prepare to showcase the needs and solutions that create institutional change,” said Rebeca Burciaga, professor of educational leadership and Chicana and Chicano Studies as well as the faculty executive director of SJSU’s Institute of Emancipatory Education (IEE).

“SJSU student mentors are leading what we call ‘dream teams’ to dream up these ideas. We hope to find ways to incorporate their solutions and perhaps work with campus leaders to make those immediate changes.”

San José State President Mary Papazian kicked off the weeklong event with a message for the Spartan community.

“We believe that initiatives such as emancipatory education and REP4 support the development of equitable and inclusive educational systems that nurture the creativity and brilliance of all learners so that our diverse, democratic society can truly thrive,” she said.

“Collectively, the themes of this work are well-aligned with SJSU’s interests in advancing and transforming our educational systems, which many of us believe are in urgent need of radical change.”

Read the full story on by Julia Halprin Jackson on the SJSU Newsroom blog.

Watch our Summer 2021 SJSU x REP4 Learner Design Summit

The newly-established Rapid Education Prototyping (REP4) Alliance is a powerful network of regional and national education, industry, and technology leaders, led by the six founding higher education partners, including the SJSU Lurie College of Education. This alliance will create opportunities to bring together diverse learners to codesign new ideas for education using liberatory design principles.

In Summer 2021, we launched this network with a free Learner Design Summit, which is a leadership development opportunity designed to bring together rising 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students, recent high school graduates, community college students, and SJSU undergraduate students to collaborate and design creative proposals to address existing challenges in the higher education system.

Watch the video above to learn more about the proposals from our student design leaders, who met one another for the first time, came up with and refined their proposals, and presented them to the SJSU President and senior administration within 4 days.

  • 0:00 – Welcome from SJSU Lurie College of Education Dean Heather Lattimer
  • 3:07 – Intro from Department of Educational Leadership faculty Veneice Guillory-Lacy
  • 5:20 – “CC: The Dream (Creating and Continuing the Dream)” by College 2.0
  • 11:28 – “Creating Connections” by Creative Connections
  • 18:33 – “How Integrating Community and Technology Can Help Students” by Three Trees
  • 24:25 – “Elevation Promise” by Equity Ambassadors
  • 37:26 – Response by Dean Heather Lattimer
  • 38:38 – Remarks by SJSU President Mary Papazian
  • 43:43 – Closing remarks by Dean Heather Lattimer

Join us at the Lurie College Deans’ Welcome

SJSU Lurie College of Education Summer 2021 Deans Forum

Lurie College students, join Dean Heather Lattimer and Associate Dean Marcos Pizarro for a conversation on Thursday, June 17, from 8:45-9:45am to discuss what’s next in education following the election results!  The Zoom link will be emailed to all Lurie College students’ via a Google calendar invitation.

Congratulations from Lurie College Dean Heather Lattimer

Congratulations to all of our SJSU Lurie College of Education undergraduate, graduate, credential, and doctoral students for completing a very full and uniquely challenging semester!  Watch this video message from Dean Heather Lattimer or read the transcription of the message below.

Congratulations!!  We have made it to the end of a very full and uniquely challenging semester.

You have persisted through multiple hurdles, thrived while taking on new experiences, and consistently demonstrated your leadership, tenacity, and commitment in your classes, field experiences, and relationships with peers and mentors.

You truly are the transformative educators, counselors, therapists, school, and community leaders that we aspire to prepare here at Lurie College. We are so very proud of you!

I look forward to celebrating with our soon-to-be graduates during SJSU’s virtual and on-campus commencement activities this week.  I’ll be greeting graduates on the blue carpet on Thursday afternoon and celebrating virtually with our Lurie College family on Friday evening.  I hope you’ll join us.

For those of you who are continuing, I can’t wait to welcome you back to campus in August for the Fall 2021 semester.  After over a year of seeing you only through Zoom, I am so excited to be able to greet you in person in Sweeney Hall.

Over the summer we’ll be offering a range of programming for current students, recent alums, and community partners.  Featured activities include our STEM+C Teacher Institute and our K12 Teaching Academy which, this year, will include webinars to support classroom teachers as they work to build community, relationships, and healing following the COVID-19 pandemic.  Please check out our website to stay connected and learn more about these and other opportunities.

As we celebrate your success this year, I want to also take a moment to recognize the friends, family, faculty, and staff who have gone above and beyond to support our students throughout the pandemic.  I have been inspired and humbled by the creativity, commitment, generosity, and love that has been shown by our Lurie College community.  If you have someone who has been particularly inspirational or supportive during this time period, please take a moment to express your gratitude.  As a former school teacher, I can tell you that nothing is better than receiving an unsolicited note of heartfelt appreciation from your students.

I wish you a fantastic summer ahead and hope that you are able to take time to unplug, celebrate your achievements, reflect on your learning, and recharge for the work ahead.

Take good care and congratulations!

Dean Lattimer Interviewed by FOX2 KTVU Regarding School Reopening Concerns

Lurie College Dean Heather Lattimer was recently interviewed by FOX2 KTVU regarding concerns among educators and families around schools reopening for in person instruction in the Fremont Unified School District. Read the full article “Parents hope lawsuit against Fremont Unified puts pressure on district to reopen classrooms”

SJSU Joins National Alliance to Redesign the Future of Higher Education

REP4 Campus Presidents

San José State University has joined five other colleges and universities, hundreds of high schools, and community partners to launch REP4 (Rapid Education Prototyping) – a national initiative to change the future of education. Unique to the alliance, students will take the lead conducting “Rapid Education Prototyping” to address the urgent challenges of access to education and fully deliver on higher education’s promise of social and economic mobility.

“As we look to the future of higher education, it is critical that we center the voices and priorities of students who are from communities that have historically been marginalized,” said Connie L. Lurie College of Education Dean Heather Lattimer. “If we re-design to value and build on the experiences and strengths that they bring, we will create universities that better serve all students and communities.”

Each of the six founding partners will hold its own regional summit for REP4, with Grand Valley State University hosting the national convening  August 4 – 5, 2021.

Assistant Professor of Child and Adolescent Development Ellen Middaugh at the Connie L. Lurie College of Education, an expert in youth civic engagement, will help design and implement SJSU’s REP4 summit. “Transformative change requires imagination,” said Middaugh. “This is something adolescents and young adults are great at — creative thinking and imagining a better future. Our Child and Adolescent Master’s students recognize this and will serve as youth-centered facilitators to create a space for our high school, community college, and SJSU undergraduates to dream big and grapple with what it would take to bring their ideas to life.”

Read the full story from Robin McElhatton on the SJSU Newsroom blog.

Attend Our Lurie College Dean’s Forum

Hello Lurie College Students!

We hope you’ll be able to join us for this student open forum. We’ll be joined by Dean Heather Lattimer, Associate Dean Marcos Pizarro, and Student Success Center Director Janene Perez. This will be a great opportunity to have any questions or concerns you have addressed.

The Zoom link for this forum was emailed as a Google Calendar invite to your SJSU email accounts.  If you won’t be able to attend this event, there will be others later in the semester. Please see below for the full schedule. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to luriecollege@sjsu.edu.

  • Thursday, February 25: 11:45am – 12:45pm
  • Thursday, March 18: 10:45 – 11:45am
  • Wednesday, April 28: 3:00 – 4:00pm
  • Wednesday, May 5: 2:00 – 3:00pm

SJSU Lurie College of Education Dean's Forum 4.28.21

Statement from Lurie College Dean Heather Lattimer Following Verdict of Derek Chauvin Trial

Dear Lurie College Students —

Tuesday’s guilty verdict in Derek Chauvin’s trial provided a small measure of accountability.  It offered momentary relief because it affirmed what we had clearly seen with our own eyes but were afraid the justice system would deny – that George Floyd was murdered when a police officer pressed his knee into Mr. Floyd’s neck for 9 minutes and 29 seconds, depriving him of the oxygen needed to survive.

But the verdict in this one case – while significant – did not bring true justice.  The very fact that it was so uncertain what the verdict would be, despite overwhelming evidence and even testimony from other police officers, demonstrates the depth of racism, white supremacy, and structural injustice in our society.   And then the day brought news of yet another police shooting of a Black teenager, Ma’Khia Bryant, in Columbus, Ohio.

In our roles as current or aspiring educators, counselors, therapists, school and community leaders, we need to call out racism in all its forms and we need to acknowledge the pain, anger, frustration, and exhaustion that so many in our community are experiencing in this moment.

Our Lurie College faculty and staff are here for you.  If you want to connect, share your experiences, or talk through how to support children and families in your placement sites please reach out to your professors and advisors.  You are also encouraged to connect with the team in the Student Success Center; they are a fantastic resource and can point you toward additional campus supports if needed.  You’ll find curated collections of helpful resources on our Lurie College Antiracism and Racial Justice Resources webpage as well as on the Learning for Justice and Education Minnesota websites.

Students are invited to join Associate Dean Marcos Pizarro and me at our two upcoming Open Forums on Wednesday, April 28, 3-4pm and Wednesday, May 5, 2-3pm. The information to join each of these forums via Zoom should be available in your SJSU Google Calendars.  These forums provide space to be in community together and invite dialogue on how we can better fulfill our Lurie College strategic plan and commitments to racial justice.

As we near the end of a tumultuous and challenging semester, please be generous and patient with one another and yourselves. Reach out and ask for help if needed.  Check in on your colleagues. Practice self care and step away from the Zoom screen when you can.  We see you, we care about you, we are committed to your success.

In solidarity – Heather

Dean Heather Lattimer Highlighted During Women’s History Month

Big thanks to the SJSU Newsroom’s Tiffany Harbrecht for including Lurie College Dean Heather Lattimer in their series of highlighting SJSU women leaders in celebration of Women’s History Month!  Read Dean Lattimer’s spotlight below and read all of the spotlights on the SJSU Newsroom blog.

SJSU Lurie College of Education Dean Heather Lattimer

What women in history do you admire?

Heather Lattimer (HL): I so appreciate women who broke rules and pushed boundaries. A few in particular: Lilian Ngoyi, Madeleine Albright, Nana Nama’u, Ida B. Wells, and Isabelle Allende.

What women in your life supported you on your journey to achieving your goals and aspirations?

HL: My mom always encouraged and supported me. I’m an only child and only grandchild, a reality that can carry a lot of expectations. But I never felt pressured to be or become something to please others. I was allowed and encouraged to explore possibilities and dream big.

What is your advice for emerging women leaders at SJSU and across the country?

HL: Don’t be afraid to be ambitious in your aspirations and advocate for yourself. For my generation, the message (explicit or implicit) was often that women shouldn’t be openly ambitious, that we should work hard and wait to be noticed. But that’s not the way the world works. Speak up, share your goals, advocate for your future. Doing so will strengthen our whole community.

Statement from Dean Lattimer Regarding Anti-Asian Violence

A group of demonstrators hold signs that say, ‘Stop Asian Hate’ during a vigil and rally in San Francisco’s Chinatown on March 20, 2021. (Beth LaBerge/KQED)

Dear Lurie College students,

Last week we witnessed the murders of eight people, six of whom were Asian American women, at the hands of a young white male gunman in Atlanta. We also witnessed statements from law enforcement officials that appeared to excuse the atrocities of the gunman and failed to acknowledge the humanity of the victims. These events bring into sharp focus, once again, the depth of racism, white supremacy, and misogyny in our society.

Our college stands in solidarity with our Asian Pacific Islander Desi American students, faculty, staff, alumni, and communities. The events in Atlanta last week were not isolated incidents. Over the past year, many in our Lurie College community have directly experienced the impact of an increase in anti-Asian violence and oppression. Violent actions, hate-filled language, negative stereotypes, and the failure to value the full humanity of APIDA individuals and communities have direct and long lasting harm.

As a College of Education committed to preparing transformative educators, counselors, therapists, school and community leaders it is critical that we confront anti-Asian hate and that we recognize the historical and contemporary context linking anti-Asian hate with anti-Black and anti-immigrant racism as a way to maintain existing hierarchies of BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) oppression and white supremacy. We need to support our Lurie College students, staff, and faculty; we need to call out structural racism and injustice and advocate for institutional and systemic change; and we need to equip our students with knowledge and skills to champion diversity, equity, and inclusion in their academic and professional careers.

In conversations with our students, staff, and faculty this past week, I heard pain, fear, anger, and frustration. The depth of enmity in our society and its horrific manifestations can – and should – shock us. Sometimes we are left feeling impotent because the challenges are so big. But in these conversations I also heard hope. I was reminded, once again, that our work matters; that we have an incredibly dedicated and supportive community in our college; that as individuals we have more power than we sometimes realize; and that collectively we can make a real and substantive difference.

In the final presentation of our Emancipatory Education Speaker Series this past Friday, March 19, we were very fortunate to be joined by University of Alaska Professor of Psychology, Dr. E.J.R. David. In his talk, “Emancipatory Education: Healing the Damages of a Sick World”, Dr. David shared personal stories about growing up in the Philippines and later moving to the U.S., and outlined a framework for how we can create a healing educational system that fosters connection, community, and well-being. It was a powerful talk that spoke directly to our current moment. I would encourage you to take time to watch the video as you consider how we move forward, individually and communally, to combat hate and create healing.

Members of SJSU’s APIDA community are invited to participate in a processing space on Monday, March 22, from 7:00-8:30pm. The space is supported by the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; Counseling and Psychological Services; the Mosaic Cross-Cultural Center; and the APID/A Task Force. RSVP via the Zoom registration webpage. Lurie College students are also encouraged to reach out to our Lurie College Student Success Center with any questions, concerns, or requests for support.

In solidarity — Heather

Reflections from Dean Heather Lattimer on 1 Year Anniversary of COVID-19 Shelter-in-Place

Watch this video to listen to SJSU Lurie College of Education Dean Heather Lattimer share some reflections on the 1 year anniversary of when Santa Clara County and SJSU first transitioned to a shelter-in-place in response to COVID-19 and share some updates and optimism about returning to SJSU to teach, learn, and work in person as we look ahead to the Fall 2021 semester.  The full text of Dean Lattimer’s remarks is available below.

Dear Lurie College students, faculty, and staff,

It has been one year since we left campus due to COVID-19.  When we said goodbye a year ago, I suggested that staff and faculty pack up what they would need for a couple of months – just to be on the safe side. It has obviously been a lot more than a couple of months.

As I reflect back on the past year, I am both heartbroken and grateful.  I am heartbroken by the incalculable losses that we’ve witnessed – Friends and family members lost to COVID and other illnesses.  Job losses and financial insecurities.  Exacerbated inequality.  Anti-Asian, anti-Black, and anti-immigrant violence targeted toward our BIPOC communities. Isolation and mental health challenges. Wildfire-related disruptions and displacements.  Missing celebrations and curtailed rites of passage.  These losses are real and significant and we grieve them with you.

But I am grateful too – I have been so deeply impressed by the resilience and commitment of our Lurie College community. During the past year, we’ve witnessed students, faculty, staff, and community partners coming together to support and care for one another.  There have been real accomplishments that would have been significant in normal times and are monumental in COVID times.  For example – this year 330 undergraduate students in Lurie College have earned the dean’s scholar award, a 50% increase over the previous year. Enrollment in our credential programs grew by 40%.  We’ve seen an increase in faculty and staff recognition through awards, grants, and publications. We’ve deepened partnerships and outreach and provided direct support to school districts, community-based organizations, and clinics.

Each and every day I wake up humbled and grateful to be part of a college community that consistently demonstrates care and kindness toward one another and a passionate commitment to our larger mission to prepare and sustain transformative educators, counselors, therapists, school and community leaders. Thank you!

One year later we are seeing light at the end of the tunnel.  If vaccination continues to progress and infection rates continue to decline, we anticipate that we will be in a very different context by August.  We are planning that most classes will be able to have face-to-face meetings for the Fall 2021 semester.  We are anticipating that most field experiences will be in person at our partner sites.  College offices will be reopening and I anticipate being back on campus in Sweeney Hall full time by August 1.

We recognize that some people may have health concerns that prevent them from returning to campus and will need accommodation.  We also recognize that there have been some real benefits to the online environment and are exploring how effective use of the virtual space can support student learning and strengthen access moving forward.  However, I know that many of us are eager to be able to see people face to face and be in community together.  As you look to the year ahead, please anticipate that we will be returning to campus.  There will likely be the continued need for masking and some social distancing, but it will be so good to be able to see people in person!

Of course, the pandemic isn’t over and I encourage you to continue to wear masks, socially distance, and wash hands.  When you are able, please go get the vaccine.  Santa Clara County is now in phase 1 b of vaccine distribution, with people working in education and childcare eligible to be vaccinated.  This includes all SJSU employees and all Lurie College students who currently are or anticipate returning to school or clinic sites in Spring 2021.  I received my first dose at Levi Stadium last weekend.  The health care workers and volunteers at the stadium were fantastic.  And it felt really good knowing that it represented a huge step toward getting us all back to campus.

Thank you again for all that you do to contribute to the health, well-being, and success of our community.  Lurie College is a family of dedicated, talented, smart, creative, passionate, and capable individuals. Together we have not just survived this past year, we have thrived.  Thank you for being part of our family.  I look forward to seeing you back on campus next semester!

With gratitude —

Heather

Lurie College Dean Lattimer Featured on Leading Forward Podcast

Shoutout to the California Collaborative for Educational Excellence for featuring Lurie College Dean Heather Lattimer on their podcast Leading Forward.  During the episode, Dean Lattimer discussed leadership, equity, and well-being in times of COVID-19. Listen to the podcast below or on the Leading Forward Anchor account.

SJSU Lurie College of Education Dean Heather Lattimer

Welcome to the Spring 2021 Semester, Lurie College of Education Students!

Dear Lurie College Students —

We hope that your first days of class were a success and that you are looking forward to new opportunities and learning experiences during the semester ahead.  We know that taking courses remotely can be challenging and that many of you are also navigating added family responsibilities, work disruptions, and health concerns due to COVID. Our Lurie College community is here for you!

Please reach out to your instructors, academic advisors, and/or program coordinators if you have questions or concerns about your courses.  We also encourage you to connect with our dedicated team in the Lurie College Student Success Center for support and advice on how to access resources on campus.  If you are struggling, you aren’t alone.  Please contact us so that we can connect you with academic supportscounseling servicesfinancial supports, or other resources to help you succeed.

The events of recent weeks have reminded us, once again, of the critical importance of the work that happens in our college.  The hatred, bigotry, nativism, violence, and white supremacy that were on full display during the capitol insurrection on January 6, clearly demonstrate the need for transformative educators, counselors, therapists, and school, college, and community leaders.  Thank you for your courageous decision to commit to academic fields and professional careers that will position you to be agents of change and move us toward a more just, inclusive, and equitable future.

In recent months, our faculty and staff have recommitted ourselves to advancing racial justice within our college.  You can view numerous examples of policy and program changes that we are committed to addressing during the 2020-21 academic year on our college’s Strategic Plan webpage.  We also recently created a webpage with a collection of Antiracism and Racial Justice Resources, which includes articles, podcasts, social media accounts, videos, and much more.

We hope you’ll join us at our upcoming engagement opportunities – such as our Conversation with Radical Monarchs’ Cofounder Anayvette Martinez, our Emancipatory Education Speaker Series, and more – to further advance this work.  We’ll also announce dates for our Deans’ Forums soon so that you can share your input, ideas, critiques, and questions with us directly.

A final word of advice in closing…  Pace yourself!  It promises to be a full semester with lots of time spent in online learning and activities.  Make sure that in the midst of your courses, field experiences, work, and family responsibilities you take time to take care of yourself.  Give yourself permission to turn off the computer and go outside.  Get sleep.  Find time to listen to music, have a good laugh, or just breathe.  We need you in this work for the long term, and that means we need you to take care of yourself.

With gratitude –

Heather Lattimer, Dean
heather.lattimer@sjsu.edu

Marcos Pizarro, Associate Dean

Dean Lattimer Featured in California Collaborative for Educational Excellence Field Guide

The California Collaborative for Educational Excellence (CCEE) has created The Field Guide for Accelerating Learning, Equity and Well-Being to support educational leaders as they serve their communities in 2021 and beyond.  Dean Lattimer was featured as one of the guest voices in the field guide and discussed topics like ‘what type of educational system we want to move towards?’ as well as ‘how can we approach improving diversity, equity, and inclusion in our schools?’  Watch the videos below and access the full Field Guide at https://fieldguide.ccee-ca.org/

Message from Dean Heather Lattimer | December 21, 2020

Dear Lurie College of Education Students —

Congratulations!!!  You have made it through a remarkably challenging semester.  You are to be commended for your resilience, persistence, and creativity as you navigated the circuitous path of this semester with grace, empathy, and determination.
I hope that you are now able to turn off the computer, step away from the zoom screen, and take a much needed and well deserved break.  The stress that this time has brought is wearing on mind, body, and spirit.  Please give yourselves time to rest and recuperate during the winter break.  We need your passion and energy in the academic and career fields you have chosen to pursue… and therefore, we need you to take care of yourselves!!
If you are experiencing challenges, please know that we are here to support you.  Our Lurie College student success center is a great resource to help with questions about courses, finances, and university resources.  Counseling and Psychological Services provides counseling support and crisis intervention.  And our Lurie College hardship fund provides financial support for those experiencing unanticipated financial challenges.   You are not alone.  We believe in you and are here to support you.
For those who graduated on Friday — Congratulations!!  We are very proud of your success and excited to see you shine in your chosen fields!
For our continuing students — Enjoy a wonderful break!  We look forward to seeing you back in January!
Happy Holidays!
Heather

Watch the Lurie College Fall 2020 Graduation Celebration

Our SJSU Lurie College of Education Graduation Celebration took place on Friday, December 18 – watch the recording from the live event above!

  • 14:35 – Video acknowledgment of Spring 2020 Lurie College graduates (alphabetized by last name) and remarks from Dean Heather Lattimer and Associate Dean Marcos Pizarro
  • 26:30 – Remarks from Lurie College Graduation Celebration Speaker, Jacqueline Lopez Rivas (BA, Child & Adolescent Development)
  • 36:14 – Slideshow of collages submitted by graduates (alphabetized by last name)

SJSU has also created a website to recognize all of the Spring 2020 graduates for the entire university. Visit the recognition webpage for Lurie College of Education Spring 2020 graduates.