San José State University’s Center for Collaborative Research Excellence in Education researchers Lorri Capizzi, Brent Duckor, and Lauren Reagan has recently been featured in EdSource, a leading education news source in California, to discuss their research on the importance of mentoring for foster and homeless students in California’s community schools initiative.
The research highlights that the state’s $4 billion community schools program, which is just starting, will mesh academic improvement with community-based services focused on students’ health and development in hundreds, and eventually thousands, of low-income schools. It’s intended to support the state’s most vulnerable students, including an estimated 32,400 youths in foster care and 183,000 students experiencing homelessness, as of 2020-21. Authors Brent Duckor, Lorri Capizzi, and Lauren Reagan acknowledge that research on designing, implementing, and evaluating effective mentoring programs for these youths is “scant but emerging.” But what is certain is that the social isolation of homelessness and challenges of living in foster care create challenges in succeeding in school and transitioning to college. The authors recommend that community schools identify volunteers from the community and educational staff as potential mentors, then train them to understand foster and homeless students’ unique needs. They recommend that Universities could create certificate programs in mentoring for aspiring and existing teachers in evidence-based strategies, schools could set up peer mentorships matching college students who have experienced foster care and homelessness, and they could also partner with organizations like Big Brothers and Big Sisters with a proven record of effectiveness.
Lorri Capizzi is an accomplished Assistant Professor of Counselor Education with over 10 years experience supervising school counselors and over 15 years of experience in federal grant administration. She has a proven track record of working with underserved youth, has partnerships with several organizations, and her focus on practice-based training and applied research makes her a valuable asset to the field of counseling.
Brent Duckor is a Professor in the Department of Teacher Education with expertise in educational measurement, testing, and assessment. He has served on state and national boards, providing educational assessment and measurement expertise to organizations such as the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing, the California Department of Education, and the College and Career Readiness Evaluation Consortium in Washington, D.C.
Read the full article here.
Read the feature on EdSource here.
Natalie Cabral (Credential 2017, MA 2019) has been an educator for nearly 10 years. She is currently an Education Specialist with the Santa Clara Unified School District. This academic year has brought several new experiences for Natalie as she moved from a resource position to take on her own Special Education classroom, and joined Lurie College as a Lecturer in the Special Education department. Learn about Natalie Cabral and her experience
- What are some of your highlights from your time in the Special Education program
What I appreciated about the program is that anytime I had a tricky case or something I needed feedback on, I loved that I was able to collaborate with my peers who were also doing similar work. And to collaborate with my professors, thought-partnering so I didn’t feel like I was on such an island.
Dr. Simpson and I made a really great connection and she supported me throughout the process. I really appreciated the thoughtfulness that my professors put into their classes.
- Could you share about your journey with us from Journalism to Special Ed?
I definitely fell into it! I started out as a paraprofessional and the following year I had a principal who said I really think you’d be great in this role, why don’t you try it out. I fell in love with the children, I love the smaller group size, the idea of being able to individualize my work and help on a deeper level, and provide closer attention to my students.
- What are some things that you would tell current students who are considering teaching to help them decide?
In education, there are so many options to slide in and out of different roles. With a Special Education credential, you have more options to do this. This helps to prevent burnout too – started out with Resource and took a lot away from that experience.
- Logistics – what are some tips for balancing the paperwork side of things?
Being organized and proactive is key! If you know you have a challenging case, prep for that IEP a month or two in advance, reach out to your team in advance. Once you get into a routine of being proactive, it makes life so much easier and you go into those meetings with much greater confidence – and you’re ready to share, think through, and problem solve with the team.
- What advice would you give to new teachers who are trying to navigate the professional space?
Be collaborative and curious – ask questions of other teachers. Bridge the silos between general education and special education, that collaboration is so critical. Don’t be afraid to speak up with suggestions or advocating for new ideas. I set very professional standards and I’m flexible with the needs of the general education teachers I’m collaborating with.
We are thrilled to congratulate Dr. Marcos Pizarro, Associate Dean of the College of Education and Professor of Chicanx Studies at San José State University, on receiving a $50,000 grant from the Chicago-based Spencer Foundation. The grant will allow Dr. Pizarro and his colleague, Rita Kohli of the University of California Riverside, to conduct in-depth research on the experiences of teacher educators of color as they navigate systemic racism in teacher education programs throughout the United States.
Dr. Pizarro’s work focuses on helping Chicanx and Latinx students at various stages of their schooling to develop collaborative interventions that aid them in their efforts to succeed in school and to create social and racial justice in their communities. His efforts have led to the development of the Chicanx/Latinx Student Success Center at SJSU, which has resulted in a transformative model for Chicanx/Latinx student engagement and has enhanced Latinx students’ sense of belonging and academic success.
The Spencer Foundation is committed to funding educational research that improves education, makes education systems more equitable, and increases opportunities for people to continue learning across their lifespans. Dr. Pizarro’s work aligns perfectly with this mission and we are proud to see him recognized for his contributions to the field. This grant from the Spencer Foundation will allow Dr. Pizarro and Dr. Kohli to delve deeper into the racial barriers that teacher educators of color face, how they resist these barriers, and what they envision for the future. It will also provide valuable insights into the resources that are needed to usher in equity in the field of teacher education.
Once again, congratulations to Dr. Marcos Pizarro on this well-deserved recognition and grant. We look forward to the valuable insights and understanding that this research will bring to the field of teacher education.
It is with great pride and admiration that we congratulate Dr. Saili Kulkarni on being selected for the Susan M. Daniels Disability Mentoring Hall of Fame, Class of 2022. This honor recognizes individuals and organizations who are making a significant difference in the lives of youth and adults with disabilities through mentoring. The Hall of Fame was established to raise awareness about the importance of mentoring individuals with disabilities. The National Disability Mentoring Coalition and the Planning Committee are thrilled to include Dr. Kulkarni as a champion of disability mentoring.
As an Associate Professor of Special Education at SJSU Lurie College of Education, Dr. Saili Kulkarni has made a significant impact in the field of disability education. Through her research, she brings attention to the intersections of disability and race in teacher education, using DisCrit to understand how teachers, particularly special education teachers of color, enact resistance in schools. Dr. Kulkarni is also an advocate for restorative and humanizing practices for young children of color with disabilities.
We are proud to have Dr. Kulkarni as a member of the Lurie College community and look forward to her continued contributions to the field of disability education. Congratulations again on this well-deserved recognition!
Transforming Communities: A Movement to Racial Justice, it is an annual event here at SJSU designed to foster connection with the broader San Jose community and change throughout our community towards a more racially just, and equitable campus, city, and county.
Submit an idea for a talk, lecture, workshop, entertainment/arts event, panel discussion, or any other idea for the Transforming Communities: A Movement to Racial Justice event here at SJSU. The event welcomes programs in-person, virtual, and in multiple formats that highlight various topics that address the multi-faceted aspects of racial justice and equity. This event offers you a really unique opportunity to connect research, teaching, and service all towards the goal of making our campus more just and equitable. We encourage creative proposals! Please consider submitting your work to this event and if you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org
More information can be found here: https://www.sjsu.edu/transforming-communities
We look forward to working with you and having your participation.
Sign up for Soci 180, which is an internship course that will teach you about today’s athletes’ work to support social justice. You will learn how to raise awareness about social issues by creating social media campaigns, organizing and participating in educational events, and conducting independent research projects. There are only 10 spaces left!! FOr more information and an add code email email@example.com.
We hope you’re having a great summer! The Lurie College Dean’s Office is still open from 9 to 4:30pm everyday! We are excited to see you in the Fall! Enjoy the break!
San Jose State is partnering with the Northern California Hub and CSU Long Beach to host an interdisciplinary panel on youth experiencing homelessness, child welfare, & juvenile justice featuring the speakers above! Join them on July 29th from 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM at CSU Long Beach, virtual options are also available. RSVP here! If you have a proposal for a speaker, please fill out this form here!
Come out to the Lurie Colleges End of Semester Kickback and enter in a chance to win some raffle prizes! Join us on Tuesday May 17th from 4-6 pm in the Sweeney Hall Courtyard! We are so excited to see you and celebrate what a year we have had.
Students, faculty, staff, and alumni are invited to this end-of-semester celebration with food, music, prizes, and games! This will be a great opportunity to connect and relax after a busy semester. Graduating students will especially be encouraged to attend and to take pictures with faculty and their classmates with commencement one week away. Please be sure to confirm your attendance on this invitation. If you have any dietary restrictions, let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you!
Join Senator Dave Cortese’s 19th Annual Bus Trip to Sacramento on Wednesday May 18th, 2022!
Senator Cortese is excited to announce the first in-person 19th Annual Sacramento Bus Trip for Education since before the pandemic.
For nearly two decades, each year following the May Revision of the State Budget, the Bus Trip has successfully provided groups of education advocates, students and community members here in Senate District 15 the opportunity to travel to the State Capitol to meet directly with State Officials and Legislators, learn about current legislation and discuss education as a state budget priority. Lastly, this is a great chance to engage with Senator Cortese regarding your education priorities as he is a member of the Senate Education Committee.
The event is scheduled for Wednesday May 18th, 2022. This will be an all-day event that includes free transportation to and from the State Capitol in Sacramento and lunch will be provided in co-sponsorship with Silicon Valley Education Foundation.
The link to RSVP is: TINYURL.COM/SACBUSTRIP
When: Wednesday May 18th, 2022
Buses Depart from San Jose State University: 6:00am
Address: San Jose State University Park and Ride Lot at 1281 S 7th St
Bus Returns to San Jose: By 6:00pm
Where: California State Capitol, West Lawn, Sacramento
Our very own Lurie College Dean, Heather Lattimer is on KQED to talk about Teaching Tough Subjects!! We are so proud!
“When I was growing up, my father and I engaged in vigorous debates around the dinner table, often taking polar opposite positions on local and national issues. Sometimes those discussions led me to re-think my beliefs. Other times they reaffirmed them. Always they pushed me to learn and grow. And they strengthened the love and respect that my father and I felt for one another.”
Join and learn about Creating an Inclusive Climate: Queering Our Classrooms and Our Campus on Friday, March 25th from 10am-12pm. This training will provide information about gender and sexuality, best practices for creating affirming and supportive classrooms and extracurricular spaces, and insight gained from surveys and interviews with SJSU students about their experiences on campus and in the classrooms. This will be hosted by Kyoung Mi Choi and Robert Marx along with SJSU students! Register here!
Strategic Plan Grant | Apply by Fri., April. 15
Students are encouraged to apply for Lurie College Strategic Plan Seed Grants for 2022-23. These grants are designed to advance the priorities articulated in our strategic plan. We are also seeking 4 students to participate on the strategic plan steering committee to review and help award grant funding. This is the committee will meet via zoom during April and May. The total time commitment is approx. 10-15 hours. There is a $250 stipend for student steering committee members. Please contact Ana Paz-Rangel if you are interested in joining. Please join us!
Talking to our children can be so hard sometimes! Join the Healthy Development Clinic about Communicating With Your Child About Tough Stuff. They will be hosting these workshops on February 28th, March 1st in Spanish, and March 2nd in Vietnamese.
Join the workshop here!
Congratulations to Counselor Education department faculty Kyoung Mi Choi, who recently published “The Invisibility of International LGBTQ+ Students on U.S. Campuses” on Visible Magazine.
“Based on my personal and professional experiences, I offer the following suggestions for faculty and staff to support international LGBTQ+ students on campuses:
Become familiar with common issues of international LGBTQ+ individuals, including fear of consequences after returning home, unfamiliarity with LGBTQ+ terminology, difficulties in developing intimate relationships, lack of knowledge of resources, and legal issues.
Be knowledgeable about LGBTQ+ movements and advocacy activities around the globe. Create trust and build allyship with international students and gently invite them to discuss complex and sensitive topics by asking questions like, “What are the norms around gender and sexuality in your home country?” or “What kinds of culture clashes or new ideas might they be exposed to on campus?”
Lastly, be an advocate for international LGBTQ+ students. Develop comprehensive cultural competency training that increases the awareness of the unique needs of international LGBTQ+ students and make inclusive campus policies to protect those students legally and culturally while studying in U.S. higher education.”
Child and Adolescent Development faculty Krissy Connell – Hassett was featured in a new SJSU Peer Connections video, which provides SJSU faculty with information about Peer Connections and its services for students as well as how Peer Connections can support the faculty in their own courses. Watch the video on the SJSU Peer Connections YouTube channel and learn more at sjsu.edu/peerconnections/about/faculty-info.
Congratulations to our Communicative Disorders and Sciences Department, who recently raised over $5000 to invest in our Kay Armstead Center for Communicative Disorders (KACCD) as they prepare to reopen in 2022. Read more about the fundraiser on their Giving Tuesday webpage.
Teacher Education Department faculty and SJSU Critical Bilingual Authorization Program Coordinator Eduardo Muñoz-Muñoz was featured in the Univision story “Distritos escolares de California podrían eliminar las calificaciones ‘D’ y ‘F’” / “California school districts could eliminate ‘D’ and ‘F’ grades” – watch the full interview on the Univision website.
Teacher Education faculty Brent Duckor and Carrie Holmberg have turned their book, Mastering Formative Assessment Moves: 7 High-Leverage Practices to Advance Student Learning, into a free, accessible set of module-based learning pathways with the help of the California Collaborative for Educational Excellence (CCEE). Access the splash page for the 9 Modules and the final module that gives a flavor of overall takeaways.
As part of our Lurie College Instagram Live series, Communicative Disorders and Sciences undergraduate student and Multimedia Student Assistant Caryn Iwakiri recently spoke with Child and Adolescent Development faculty Robert Marx. Listen to them discuss their favorite morning beverages, the courses Prof. Marx teaches, the intersection of culture and education, Professor Marx’s journey to where he is now, and much more!
Watch out Institute for Emancipatory Education speaker series! Dr. David Stovall talks about the constructs of Critical Race Theory (CRT) and Abolition to consider emancipatory education. If we are trying to create an education that liberates those who experience white supremacy in the form of isolation, marginalization, and dehumanization, we must be clear about the current socio-political moment. We must be willing to take away lessons of history to build a praxis (action and reflection in the world in order to change it) centered on the needs of our communities. Any struggle for change, time, space, and will is central moving forward.
Shoutout to Child and Adolescent Development faculty Robert Marx, who published “Collective Memory for Queer and Trans Liberation” in Visible Magazine!
“Collective memory and intergenerational connection are the healing antidote to the forces of capitalism, White supremacy, and heteropatriarchy that aim to keep us too busy and downtrodden to see our own capacity to upend systems that work for only a very few. Just as I learned about my grandmother’s memories and ways of navigating oppression, so too does learning the ways of life of our queer and trans ancestors offer us a way to radically alter the material conditions which govern our lives and limit us.”