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.

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 our Spring 2022 application cycle.  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.

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.

Save the Date: Fall 2021 In-Person Commencement

SJSU Lurie College of Education Commencement Graduation Counselor Education Department New Alumni

On September 2, President Papazian announced that after nearly two years, San José State University is finally able to safely host in-person commencement ceremonies!

That means that this December our Fall 2021 graduating students will be invited to attend their college commencement ceremony, and our Spring 2020, Fall 2020, and Spring 2021 graduated students will be invited to attend a makeup ceremony of their choice.

More information is available at sjsu.edu/education/graduation and sjsu.edu/commencement.

Updated Fall 2021 Lurie College Office Hours

Welcome (back) to SJSU and Lurie College!  As we transition into the Fall 2021 semester, we wanted to provide you with the updated locations and hours of our Lurie College of Education spaces.

Communicative Disorders & Sciences Department | Sweeney Hall (SH) 116

  • Mondays: 8am-12pm, 1-5pm
  • Tuesdays: 8am-12pm, 1-5pm
  • Wednesdays: 8am-12pm, 1-5pm
  • Thursdays: Available by phone or email
  • Fridays: 8am-12pm, 1-5pm

Child and Adolescent Development Department | SH 201

  • Mondays: 8am-12pm, 1-5pm
  • Tuesdays: 8:30am-12pm, 1-5pm
  • Wednesdays: 8am-12pm, 1-5pm
  • Thursdays: 8:30am-12pm, 1-5pm
  • Fridays: Available by phone or email
  • Virtual office hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11am-12pm, Zoom

Credentials Services Office | SH 445

  • Mondays: 8am-4pm
  • Tuesdays: 7:30am-4:30pm
  • Wednesdays: 8am-4pm
  • Thursdays: 7:30am-4:30pm
  • Fridays: Available by phone or email

Counselor Education Department | SH 404

  • Mondays: 8am-12pm, 1-5pm
  • Tuesdays: Available by phone or email
  • Wednesdays: 8am-12pm, 1-5pm
  • Thursdays: Available by phone or email
  • Fridays: Available by phone or email

Dean’s Office | SH 103

  • Mondays: 8am-5pm
  • Tuesdays: 8am-5pm
  • Wednesdays: 8am-5pm
  • Thursdays: 8am-5pm
  • Fridays: 8am-5pm

Ed.D. Leadership Program | SH 401

  • Mondays: Available by phone or email
  • Tuesdays: 9am-12pm, 1-5pm
  • Wednesdays: Available by phone or email
  • Thursdays: 9am-12pm, 1-5pm
  • Fridays: Available by phone or email

Educational Leadership Department | SH 219

  • Mondays: Available by phone or email
  • Tuesdays: 8am-12pm, 1-5pm
  • Wednesdays: 9am-2pm
  • Thursdays: 8am-12pm, 1-5pm
  • Fridays: Available by phone or email

Special Education Department | SH 204

  • Mondays: 8am-12pm, 1-5pm
  • Tuesdays: 8am-12pm, 1-5pm
  • Wednesdays: 8am-12pm, 1-5pm
  • Thursdays: 8am-12pm, 1-5pm
  • Fridays: Available by phone or email

Student Success Center | SH 106

  • Mondays: 8am-6pm
  • Tuesdays: 8am-5pm
  • Wednesdays: 8am-6pm
  • Thursdays: 8am-6pm
  • Fridays: Available by phone or email

Study & Collaboration Room | SH 446

  • Mondays: 8am-6pm
  • Tuesdays: 8am-6pm
  • Wednesdays: 8am-6pm
  • Thursdays: 8am-6pm
  • Fridays: –

Teacher Education Department | SH 305

  • Mondays: 9am-12pm, 1-6pm
  • Tuesdays: 8am-12pm, 1-5pm
  • Wednesdays: 9am-12pm, 1-6pm
  • Thursdays: 8am-12pm, 1-5pm
  • Fridays: Available by phone and email

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.

Lurie College Faculty Co-publishes Leadership Textbook

Congratulations to Department of Educational Leadership faculty Arnold Danzig, who recently co-published School Leader Internship: Developing, Monitoring, and Evaluating Your Leadership Experience!  The book is available for 20% off at routledge.com/9780367652036 with the discount code FLY21.

SJSU Lurie College of Education Faculty Arnold Danzig

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!

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.  Watch the video below to meet our Lurie College faculty who are teaching the courses – Dr. Veneice Guillory-Lacy, Dr. María Ledesma, and Dr. Luis Poza – and learn more about our Transformative Leadership Minor at sjsu.edu/edleadership/academics/undergraduate-minor or email us at transformativeleadership-group@sjsu.edu.

SJSU Lurie College of Education Transformative Leadership Minor Fall 2021 Courses

Lurie College Black Graduate Student Support Group

Hello!  I’m Desirae McNeil.  I am a Graduate Student Ambassador for Lurie College.  It was on my heart to start a community with other Black-identifying grad students together.  If you are interested in joining me in creating a space to regularly meet for networking and support, please complete the interest form at bit.ly/lcoeblackgrad.

SJSU Lurie College of Education Counselor Education Graduate Student Desirae McNeil

Lurie College Career Center Support

SJSU Lurie College of Education Career Center Support Fall 2021

Get support from our SJSU Lurie College Career Center Counselor, Christine Bautista, during the Fall 2021 semester!

Welcome Back, Lurie College Students!

We hope you have a great Fall 2021 semester 💙💛

@sjsulurieWelcome back, ##SJSU ##LurieCollege family! We hope you have a great Fall 2021 semester💙💛 @sanjosestateuniversity♬ Lofi – Domknowz

Connect with Lurie College and SJSU

Connect with the SJSU Lurie College of Education @sjsulurie

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

Lurie College Student Presenting at Higher Ed Conference

Congratulations to Child and Adolescent Development and Educational Leadership student Vinson Vũ, whose program proposal “Resilient Superstars: How We Can Support the Futures of Trans+ Young Adults” has been accepted for the 2021 NASPA Western Regional Conference!

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.

Lurie College Faculty Featured in New York Times Critical Race Theory Article

Shoutout to Department of Educational Leadership faculty María Ledesma, who was quoted in the recent New York Times article!  The story – “Critical Race Theory: A Brief History – How a complicated and expansive academic theory developed during the 1980s has become a hot-button political issue 40 years later” – is available at nyti.ms/3iRJocl

SJSU Lurie College of Education Educational Leadership Department Faculty María Ledesma

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

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

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.

Lurie College Faculty Promotions

Congratulations to all of our Lurie College faculty who have recently received tenure and/or been promoted!

  • Child and Adolescent Development faculty Ellen Middaugh has received tenure and become an associate professor
  • Communicative Disorders and Sciences faculty and chair Nidhi Mahendra has become a full professor
  • Educational Leadership faculty and interim chair Rebeca Burciaga has become a full professor and the executive director of our Institute for Emancipatory Education
  • Special Education faculty Andy Golloher has received tenure and become an associate professor
  • Special Education faculty Saili Kulkarni has received tenure and become an associate professor
  • Teacher Education faculty Brent Duckor has become a full professor
  • Teacher Education faculty Roxana Marachi has become a full professor

SJSU Lurie College of Education Spring 2021 Faculty Promotions

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.

Lurie College Faculty Arrivals and Departures

As the 2020-2021 academic year comes to a close, we would like to wish a fond farewell to the current Lurie College faculty who are moving on to their next chapters and extend a warm welcome to the incoming Lurie College faculty who will join our community beginning in the Fall 2021 semester!

Faculty Departing Lurie College After Spring 2021

Elaine Chin | Teacher Education Department

SJSU Lurie College of Education Teacher Education Department Faculty Elaine Chin

Elaine Chin is retiring from SJSU at the end of this academic year.  Elaine has been a part of the Lurie College community since 2007, serving as the associate dean, the dean, and a professor in the teacher education department.  She is thankful and grateful to all of the staff and faculty who have worked with her to make the Lurie College the great place it is.

Becca Cruz | Special Education Department

SJSU Lurie College of Education Special Education Faculty Rebecca Cruz

Rebecca Cruz, assistant professor in the special education department, has accepted a position at Johns Hopkins University for this upcoming school year.  Throughout this past year, Rebecca had a chance to co-teach several classes with some amazing faculty, learn about our many programs and credentials, and support the emancipatory framework embraced by the university.  Rebecca is honored to have been a part of the college this past year.  The support and community developed and sustained throughout a difficult year have been invaluable, and she hopes to continue her many collaborations in research and teaching into the future.

Faculty Arriving at Lurie College in Fall 2021

Veneice Guillory-Lacy | Educational Leadership Department

SJSU Lurie College of Education Educational Leadership Department Faculty Veneice Guillory-Lacy

Dr. Veneice Guillory-Lacy recently earned a Ph.D. in Cultural Studies and Social Thought in Education with an emphasis in Educational Leadership from the College of Education at Washington State University.  As a Black woman with Nez Perce Tribal descendency, Dr. Guillory-Lacy brings a rich background and unique lived experiences from the K-12 and higher education sectors.  She has served as a high school English teacher in San Jose, CA., a high school varsity basketball coach, a high school principal in the Pacific Northwest, a tribal college instructor, university lecturer and academic coach.

Dr. Guillory-Lacy’s research focuses on amplifying the voices of women of color in K-12 educational leadership, promoting social justice leadership, and centering race and gender.  She uses critical qualitative methods, while drawing from Critical Race Theory (CRT), Critical Race Feminism (CRF), Intersectionality, Black Feminist Thought, and Indigenous epistemologies.

Dr. Guillory-Lacy is excited to join the Lurie College of Education’s Educational Leadership Department and Transformational Leadership Master’s Program. She looks forward to building a transformational program that will help student leaders experience first-hand inside knowledge of the schooling system, address issues of culture and power in schools, and develop scholars and practitioners who will stimulate positive change in the educational system, and throughout their respective schools and communities. Dr. Guillory-Lacy’s goals and passion as a professor are to put critical theoretical frameworks to practice through deep engagement with research, schools, students, their families and the community to grow and have a larger impact for greater justice.

Sudha Krishnan | Special Education Department

SJSU Lurie College of Education Special Education Faculty Sudha Krishnan

Sudha Krishnan, Ed.D., has taught students with extensive support needs in middle school for 18 years.  She has been an adjunct faculty with San Jose State University for eight years, teaching courses in the Education Specialist credential and Master’s degree programs.

Her interest in special education was sparked by her experiences with children with disabilities during her early years in India and further cultivated when her son was diagnosed with autism.  Her recognition of deficit thinking and ableism as she navigated the educational system fueled her research in this field. Her research interests are focused on how implementing literacy practices using pedagogies based on socio-cultural theory can provide challenging and empowering education for students with disabilities.  She is interested in research in the disability studies field, particularly participatory action research with individuals with disabilities.  She is also examining the use of constructivism in special education, anti-deficit thinking, and teacher perceptions of ability in students with extensive support needs.

Sudha is keen to forward the equity and justice orientation of the College of Education and engage with all the faculty in special education and the college of education.  A great start has been her involvement with the disability studies strand in the Institute of Emancipatory Education.  Sudha is looking forward to the challenge of training new teachers in evidence-based practices while simultaneously imbibing them with a zeal for transformative leadership.

Tiffani Marie | Teacher Education Department

Tiffani Marie is the daughter of Sheryll Marie, granddaughter of Dorothy Wilson and Annette Williams, and the great-grandaughter of Artelia Green and Olivia Williams.  She comes from a long line of Arkansas educators. She is passionate about learning with and from youth, sewing, music production, and connecting to the natural world.  Tiffani is also excited about joining the Teacher Education Department and working with Ethnic Studies faculty colleagues at San Jose State University, particularly for the emerging collaborations and collective energy around supporting schools and communities to ensure that every child is seen and treated as a blessing.

Wanda Watson | Teacher Education Department

SJSU Lurie College of Education Teacher Education Department Faculty Wanda Watson

Dr. Wanda Watson is a teacher-scholar committed to liberatory education and teacher preparation. She is a Black woman first-generation college graduate from Harlem, New York who attended Public School 92, the Mary McLeod Bethune School and Frederick Douglass Academy.  Her range of educational and life experiences instill in her a paradoxical understanding of the deep-rooted ways oppression manifests in schools and society as well as the transformative potentialities of education.  Dr. Watson’s current research centers Black feminist pedagogies as embodied through political clarity, spiritual connectedness, and transgressive teaching and learning.  She maintains an Ethnic Studies teacher-inquiry group with TK-8 th grade teachers in the Bay Area which was initially funded through the Spencer Foundation.  Her scholarship also explores anti-racist education in youth organizing and informal learning as conduits for social and political change.  She has taught primarily elementary through middle school in Oakland, Harlem and Washington Heights.  She earned her BA in Human Biology and credential and MA at Stanford University.  She earned her Ed.D. in Curriculum and Teaching and completed her dissertation titled “Putting Up a Fight: Exploring the Social Justice Praxis of Youth Organizers of Color” while at Teachers College, Columbia University.  Dr. Watson remains visionary and pragmatic in her work; seeking paradigm shifts and moving beyond the “master’s tools” to educate young people while attending to the present sociopolitical and economic conditions under which children learn.  She’s been a teacher educator for the last 10 years and is joining SJSU as an Associate Professor in the Teacher Education Department. She’s most looking forward to working collaboratively with colleagues and various stakeholders to create educational experiences and structures that foster freedom for and with Black, Brown, and Indigenous children and communities.

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 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