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.

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.

Upcoming Lurie College Program Info Sessions

SJSU Lurie College of Education Ed.D Leadership Program Students

The time to become a transformative educator, counselor, therapist, school or community leader is now!  The SJSU Lurie College of Education is hosting several upcoming info sessions for prospective students to learn more about our academic opportunities and the details for Summer 2021, Fall 2021, and Spring 2022 application cycles.  Select any of the links below to learn more about how to join the Zoom session for each session and please help spread the word to anyone who you think will find these opportunities of interest.

Lurie College Student Shares Insights Following VTA Shooting

EdD Leadership Program student, SJSU faculty member, and licensed therapist Leslye Tinson was asked to share her insights and expertise with regard to how to support one another, address miseducation around mental health diagnoses, and more following the recent shooting at the VTA rail yard.  Watch and listen to the interviews with KRON4, ABC7, and KQED below.

Watch the Lurie College Spring 2021 Graduation Celebration

Congratulations to all of our Spring 2021 SJSU Lurie College of Education graduates who earned their bachelors, masters, credentials, or doctorates!  Watch the recording of our Graduation Celebration above.

  • 0:00 – Welcome to the Lurie College Graduation Celebration
  • 7:29 – Remarks from Dean Heather Lattimer and Marcos Pizarro, video recognition of Lurie College graduates
  • 20:58 – Remarks from Janeth Canseco (MA, Counselor Education Department)
  • 27:22 – Remarks from Charline Tenorio (MA, Communicative Disorders and Sciences Department)
  • 37:40 – Slides from our Spring 2021 graduates

SJSU has also created a website to recognize all of the Spring 2021 graduates for the entire university. Visit the SJSU Commencement website to access the recognition websites.

Connect with Lurie College and SJSU

Connect with the SJSU Lurie College of Education @sjsulurie

Stay connected to helpful online resources as we finish the Spring 2021 semester and head into the summer!  Here are some initial Lurie College of Education and SJSU resources:

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!

Lurie College Set to Celebrate Spring 2021 Graduates

SJSU Lurie College of Education Graduation Celebration Spring 2021

The SJSU Lurie College of Education is looking forward to hosting a live graduation celebration to recognize our nearly 500 Spring 2021 graduates (and soon-to-be alumni)!  The Lurie College Graduation Celebration will take place online on Friday, May 28, at 4pm PDT and begin with a college-wide ceremony that will include remarks from Dean Heather Lattimer, Associate Dean Marcos Pizarro, and student speakers Janeth Canseco and Charline Tenorio, who are earning their Master’s Degrees from our Department of Counselor Education and Department of Communicative Disorders and Sciences, respectively.

I didn’t believe I would make it this far, be 20 years into my education, and be the first in my family to earn a master’s degree.  It’s something that I’m incredibly proud of, not only for myself but also for my family.  It’s also an incredible opportunity for me to be recognized as the first Counselor Education student to be selected as Lurie College’s student speaker.  That made me feel a sense of accomplishment.  In terms of how I feel about graduating – it’s very surreal.  It’s scary to think about what’s next, but I feel like if I try, I apply, and I don’t live with any regrets, then everything will work out. – Janeth Canseco, Counselor Education

Each Spring 2021 graduate will also be recognized during the college-wide ceremony.  Lurie College graduates, faculty, and staff have been invited to attend the live ceremony on Zoom, and family and friends are invited to watch the live ceremony on the Lurie College YouTube channel.

After the college-wide ceremony, each Lurie College department – Child & Adolescent Development, Communicative Disorders & Sciences, Counselor Education, Ed.D. Leadership, Special Education, and Teacher Education – is hosting an online reception to include remarks from faculty chairpersons, individualized slideshows, and socializing among graduates, faculty, and staff to close out the semester and calendar year.

San José State University as a whole is honoring and celebrating all Spring 2021 graduates by launching graduate recognition websites, which will go live on Friday, May 28, at 10am. Learn more on the SJSU Commencement website.

This has been the fastest two years of my life and I’ve enjoyed every second of it.  Before enrolling in my program, I knew generally that I wanted to be a speech therapist.  Now that I’ve completed the program, I know that I want to specialize in schools and work with children from diverse backgrounds.  It’s also an honor to serve as the Lurie College student speaker and represent our classmates who have such diverse backgrounds – some are parents, some are working while enrolled in school, some are switching careers, etc. – and have worked so hard to get to this moment. – Charline Tenorio, Communicative Disorders & Sciences

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

Charline Tenorio – MA, Department of Communicative Disorders & Sciences

Lurie College of Education Repopulation Information | May 10, 2021

Dear Lurie College Students,

First of all, we want to acknowledge your amazing accomplishments this year of online instruction. We have heard so many stories about your commitment and perseverance.

As SJSU Provost Del Casino recently described in an email on Thursday, May 6, with the subject line “Fall 2021 Course Schedule is Live,” we are planning carefully for the Fall 2021 semester and expect to have more updates as we finalize those plans.

We’re sending you this message to share some details for the Lurie College of Education and our programs.

  • Each of our programs is planning for every student to have some in-person components in their Fall courses. So, we want you to expect to have at least some of your courses with in-person components at SJSU. The schedule will provide details on each course’s mode of instruction.
  • We recognize that some of you may have special circumstances that will make it impossible to attend classes in person. If you are in this situation, please fill out this Google form as soon as possible.
  • Field experiences (including preschool lab, clinic, practicum) are planned to be in person and are viewable on the schedule now.
  • Advisors in our Student Success Center (SSC) are working now and throughout the summer to provide support with scheduling, questions about course modality, and helping to prepare students for a return to campus. Please reach out to them if you have specific questions or concerns.
  • We are planning to have space available for students in Sweeney Hall where you can access wifi and attend online classes (if, for example, one of your classes meets on campus but the next one meets remotely and you will not have enough time to return home).
  • We’re putting together a Reorientation to familiarize students with the new norms to ensure safety on campus in the Fall. We’ll be developing a web page that will be updated regularly and will share the website as soon as it’s ready.
  • Right now, you can get the latest information on SJSU’s plans for Fall on these websites: SJSU Adapt Plan and Spartan Community Promise
  • For Child and Adolescent Development (ChAD) students: You may notice that the CHAD ‘hybrid’ courses are set up with a regular twice a week meeting schedule to allow faculty the most flexibility to maximize in-person meetings. The goal is that these classes will meet in-person twice a week, so students registering for these classes should plan for that. We will provide updates on the schedules for these courses if the plans for fall require any changes. Students who are unable to meet in person for both times listed for a course should enroll in an online only section.

Again, please reach out if you have any questions or concerns.

Janene Perez
Lurie College Student Success Center Director
janene.perez@sjsu.edu

Marcos Pizarro
Lurie College Associate Dean
marcos.pizarro@sjsu.edu

Nominate an SJSU Educator of Impact

In recognition of Teacher Appreciation Week, May 3-7, and our Lurie College Founder’s Day, May 4, we are requesting nominations for SJSU alumni who are teachers, counselors, therapists, school, or community leaders and have made a transformative difference in the lives of children, families, and communities for our second annual “Educators of Impact” campaign! Submit a nomination at bit.ly/3eFjy8n

SJSU Lurie College of Education Alumni Irene Castillon

EdD Leadership Program Student Documentary Broadcast

According to a popular study, 95% of adolescents own a cell phone and 45% are online almost constantly. When Cellphones Come To School, a new very timely, informative and provocative one hour documentary from high school teacher and EdD Leadership Program student Anne Tran, shows what happens when these phones predictably end up in classrooms and the impact on learning that results. Featuring interviews with a diverse range of students, teachers and experts, When Cellphones Come To School, highlights both positive and negative outcomes and points the way toward creating a better understanding of the national debate around the role cellphones might and do play in classroom education settings.  Watch the broadcast on Thursday, May 6, at 8pm or Saturday, May 8, at 6pm on Northern California Public Media, via the KCRB TV Live Stream webpage, or via the NorCal Public Media App in the Google Play store or Apple store.

Apply for Lurie College Scholarships for the 2021-2022 Academic Year

Thanks to generous monetary support from alumni and friends, each year Lurie College is able to award current and incoming undergraduate, graduate, credential, and doctoral students with scholarships based on their academic, personal, and professional affiliations, accomplishments, and aspirations. Current and newly-admitted students can apply for these awards through the SJSU scholarship application portal until Saturday, May 1, for the 2021-2022 academic year.  Learn more and watch the recording of our scholarships workshop at sjsu.edu/education/financial-aid.

2020-2021 Lurie College Scholarship Summary

  • Number of students awarded: 110
  • Amount of scholarship funds awarded: $265,400
  • Median award amount: $1000; Average award amount: $2413

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

Spring 2021 Ed.D. Leadership Program Dissertation Defenses

SJSU Lurie College of Education EdD Leadership Program Class of 2021

Photo credit: Anne Tran

Students from our fifth cohort of the Lurie College Ed.D. Leadership program are defending their dissertations during the Spring 2021 semester!  Learn more about each of their dissertations below. If you would like to attend an upcoming dissertation defense, please email your request to edd-leadership@sjsu.edu.

Previous Dissertation Defenses

Nikki Dang | Thu., Feb. 18, 11am

  • Dissertation: “When ASCA and MTMDSS Merge: A Case Study on Counselor Capacity and the Implementation and Monitoring of Tier Two Interventions”
  • Committee: Dr. Rebeca Burciaga, Dr. Dolores Mena, and Dr. Brooke Chan

Jennifer Izant Gonzales | Mon., Feb. 22, 11am

  • Dissertation: “The Effectiveness of California’s System of Support, Specifically the Dashboard and Differentiated Assistance, as Perceived by the County Office of Education, Court and Community School Administrators”
  • Committee: Dr. Senorina Reis, Dr. Arnold Danzig, and Dr. Jennifer Ann

Anne Tran | Mon., Mar. 1, 3pm

  • Dissertation: “The Impacts of Cell Phones and Social Media Usage on Students’ Academic Performance”
  • Committee: Dr. Robert Gliner, Dr. Colette Rabin, and Dr. Dotty McCrea

Carrie Bosco | Fri., Mar. 5, 10am

  • Dissertation: “Administrator Stress and Wellbeing: Lessons Learned from Retired Administrators”
  • Committee: Dr. Arnold Danzig, Dr. Robert Gilner, and Dr. Joseph Rudnicki

Richard Ruiz | Mon., Mar. 29, 6pm

  • Dissertation: “Unresolved Issue in Education: Disproportionate Disciplining of Hispanic Students in Education”
  • Committee: Dr. Senorina Reis, Dr. Rosalinda Quintanar, and Dr. Robert Bravo

Gerald Nwafor | Thu., Apr. 1, 12pm

  • Dissertation: “Corporal Punishment in Eastern Nigeria”
  • Committee: Dr. Robert Gliner, Dr. Emily Slusser, and Dr. Analiza Filion

Mara Hofmeister Williams | Mon., Apr. 5, 11am

  • Dissertation: “The Effects of Academic Performance, Demographic Characteristics, and Work and Personal Experiences on Admissions to a Clinical Laboratory Science Training Program”
  • Committee: Dr. Grinell Smith, Dr. Colette Rabin, and Dr. Suzanne Campbell

Tricia Ryan | Tue., Apr. 6, 10am

  • Dissertation: “Subaltern Leadership Epistemologies: A Phenomenological Study of Filipinx Administrative Leaders in Higher Education”
  • Committee: Dr. Bradley Porfilio, Dr. Eduardo Muñoz-Muñoz, Dr. Lauren Hoffman

Taunya Jaco | Fri., Apr. 9, 11am

  • Dissertation: “Fidelity at the Forefront: The Fight for Ethnic Studies”
  • Committee: Dr. Robert Gliner, Dr. Roxana Marachi, and Dr. Theodorea Berry

Joseph Bosco | Thu., Apr. 15, 10am

  • Dissertation: “An Analysis of Job Stress as Experienced by Public School Site Administrators”
  • Committee: Dr. Arnold Danzig, Dr. Robert Gliner, and Dr. Joseph Rudnicki

Ivan Alcaraz | Thu., Apr. 22, 4pm

  • Dissertation: “Closing the Gaps: Understanding and Disrupting Deficit Thinking and Exclusionary Discipline Practices in a Latinx School”
  • Committee: Dr. Marcos Pizarro, Dr. Noni Reis, Dr. Joe Jaconette

Michael Mansfield | Mon., Apr. 26, 3:30pm

  • Dissertation: “The Impacts of Self-Efficacy and Academic Mindset on Middle School Math Achievement for At-Promise Youth: An Explanatory Study”
  • Committee: Dr. Brent Duckor, Dr. Roxana Marachi, and Dr. Cheryl Roddick

SJSU Connie L. Lurie College of Education Ranked #2 Among CSUs in Graduate School Rankings

SJSU Lurie College of Education 2022 U.S. News & World Report

Written by Julia Halprin Jackson, University Writer and Copy Editor

U.S. News & World Report ranked the Connie L. Lurie College of Education as #2 among schools offering graduate programs in education in the California State University system.  

The rankings, released March 30, showed a marked improvement over last year, despite the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Of the 277 schools included, the Lurie College was ranked in these four categories:

  • #2 among CSUs (tied for #2 last year)
  • #4 among universities in the Bay Area (up from #5 last year)
  • #14 among universities in CA (up from #16 last year)
  • Tied for #125 overall (up from #158 last year)

The ranking methodology scores schools on quality assessment, student selectivity, faculty resources and research activity. U.S. News also assesses incoming students’ preparedness and career outcomes of its alumni.

“Not only did we move ahead in the overall rankings and within the CSU, Bay Area and California, but we also received more points from the reviewers in the administrator/expert assessment score,” said Isabel Vallejo, director of assessment and accreditation for the Lurie College. 

The Lurie College has engaged with the education community more broadly through seminars, special events hosting renowned practitioners in education and educational leadership, and that is allowing the community to see what we as a college have to offer.”

Vallejo explained  that the survey requests feedback from professionals, community partners and colleagues, adding that she believes they scored favorably because the Lurie College has expanded its work with PK-12 districts and with community college partners. This is especially evident with the college’s advisory board, which consists of dedicated professionals who offer opportunities for collaboration.

The ranking submission was further strengthened, Vallejo said, because she submitted his data about funded research by faculty as well as related expenditures. 

“While we are still a small college compared to some others included in the rankings in terms of enrollment, we are growing, and most importantly, we are having an important impact in our preparation of education professionals who live and work in the Bay Area and Silicon Valley,” she said.

“The growth in our standing in the latest rankings is a testament to the dedication of our faculty, staff and community partners, and the excellence of our students and alumni,” said Heather Lattimer, dean of the Lurie College. 

“This past year has been incredibly challenging as our college community has navigated the COVID-19 pandemic, ongoing acts of racial violence and oppression, wildfires, and political turmoil, all while continuing to create transformative educational opportunities in our college and in the communities that our college serves.

“At the same time, this past year has underscored the importance of the work that we do and confirms the emancipatory stance that our college has taken. We look forward to continuing to grow and amplify this work as we emerge from the pandemic.”

Apply for Lurie College Grants

Student Research Awards | Apply by Mon., Apr. 12

  • The Lurie College of Education is pleased to offer up to three student-research awards for the 2021-2022 academic year to support students, mentored by a faculty mentor, on a student-initiated research project.  These awards are designed to support student-faculty collaboration on an on-going or proposed research project related to the student’s major.  Students can receive an award of $2,000 per semester and $4,000 a year.  Apply for a research award via this Google form.

Student Research Supplies Grant | Apply by Mon., May 3

  • 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 to conduct their academic research.  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).

Strategic Plan Grant | Apply by Mon., Mar. 29

  • We are pleased to announce the request for proposals (RFP) for our 2021-22 Lurie College Strategic Plan Seed Grants.  Lurie College’s Strategic Plan Seed Grants are designed to advance the priorities articulated in our strategic plan.   All faculty, staff, and students in our Lurie College community are eligible to apply for seed grant funding.  Initial draft proposals are due Monday, March 29.  Submit your grant proposal by completing this Google form.  If you have questions about these grant opportunities, please email lurie-steering-group@sjsu.edu.

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.

Upcoming Lurie College Faculty Documentary Broadcast

EdD Leadership Program faculty Bob Gliner’s climate change documentary, Growing Up Green, will air on KQED+ on Mon., Apr. 5, at 5:30pm throughout the San Francisco and Monterey Bay Areas (Comcast 10 and 710 HD).  As climate change impacts increase, a few schools across the country are motivating their students to learn by engaging them outside classroom walls in real world experiences trying to solve environmental problems in their own communities.  Growing Up Green tells the story of a unique environmental education initiative in Michigan, where a statewide effort involving thousands of students in both rural and urban areas, is having a profound impact on both the environments students inhabit, as well as student educational outcomes across a broad range of disciplines – a model other states might find well worth emulating.

 

Save the Date: Spring 2021 SJSU Lurie College Graduation Celebration

SJSU Lurie College of Education Graduation Celebration Spring 2021

We’re excited to recognize and celebrate our next class of SJSU Lurie College of Education alumni during our Spring 2021 Graduation Celebration, which will take place on Friday, May 28, at 4pm PDT!  Graduates will receive additional information via email regarding how to participate.  Family and friends of our graduates are invited to watch the ceremony live on our Lurie College YouTube channel at bit.ly/lurie-youtube.

Apply by May 1 for SJSU and Lurie College Scholarships for 2021-2022

The SJSU Spartan Scholarship Application portal is now open to those who will be enrolled during the 2021-2022 academic year!  Applications for SJSU Lurie College of Education scholarships are due by Saturday, May 1, 2021.  Visit sjsu.edu/education/financial-aid to access the link to the SJSU Spartan Scholarship Application portal, watch the recording of our recent scholarship application workshop, and learn about other Lurie College financial aid opportunities.

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

Critical Bilingual Authorization Program Speaker Series

Join our Lurie College Critical Bilingual Authorization Program, Bilingüismo y Justicia, for their upcoming speaker series event on Friday, March 5, at 4pm to learn from a panel of Latina school leaders, including Frances Teso, Zoila Esquivel-Moreno, Dr. Silvia Carrillo, Patricia Mondragón, and Maritza Salcido.  RSVP at tinyurl.com/CBAPspeakerseries

CBAP Speaker series - Bilingual Latina Leaders

Call for Lurie College Spring 2021 Student Speaker

Video description: Lurie College student Jacqueline Lopez Rivas – BA, Child and Adolescent Development, speaks at our Fall 2020 ceremony.

Lurie College wants to select a graduating student to represent and speak on behalf of the Lurie College community at our Spring 2021 Graduation Celebration ceremony, which will take place on Friday, May 28, at 4pm!  In order to be eligible to apply to become the student speaker, you must also be eligible to graduate.  Your speech can take any number of approaches, but should be original and should resonate with the event attendees, which will be made up of Lurie College students of different academic levels and disciplines, SJSU and Lurie College faculty and staff, and family and friends of all ages and backgrounds.

To apply, submit a 3-5 minute video of you reciting your speech by Sunday, February 28, via this Google form.  More information about graduation and commencement for Lurie College of Education students is available at sjsu.edu/education/graduation.

Watch Our Lurie College Scholarships Workshop

Big thanks to Christine Cha from the SJSU Financial Aid and Scholarship Office as well as Child and Adolescent Development faculty Danielle Mead for sharing their insights about the Spring 2021 SJSU and Lurie College scholarships application process for students who will be enrolled at SJSU for the 2021-2022 academic year!  The recording of the workshop is available for viewing below.  The SJSU scholarship application platform will go live in March and the deadline to apply for Lurie College scholarships will be Saturday, May 1.  We will send out an email notification to Lurie College students when they can begin to apply.  In the meantime, please visit sjsu.edu/education/financial-aid for an overview of all Lurie College of Education financial aid opportunities.

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