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
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.”
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 email@example.com.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Congratulations to Department of Special Education faculty Rebecca Cruz, who recently co-published the journal article “Disproportionality Reduction in Exclusionary School Discipline: A Best-Evidence Synthesis” in the Review of Educational Research! Read the abstract at bit.ly/3rmb6Ru
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.
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.
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 supports, counseling services, financial 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.
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.
The SJSU Lurie College of Education Learning Showcase highlights our undergraduate, graduate, credential, and doctoral students’ while they’re on their journeys to becoming transformative educators, counselors, therapists, school and community leaders under our college’s four priority areas: community-engaged, culturally sustaining, holistic, and interdisciplinary. Check out some of the presentations from our Department of Special Education graduate students, who developed lesson plans for second language learners with disabilities.
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. Awards are processed fall and spring semesters and advisors are available year-round. If you are a currently-enrolled 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.
Shoutout to Special Education Department faculty Saili Kulkarni, who recently shined a spotlight on the importance of pronouncing names correctly! Read the opinion piece on Ms. Magazine at http://bit.ly/3r2wNWO
While the COVID-19 pandemic has continued to impact so many facets of society over the duration of 2020, that’s not stopping the Lurie College of Education at San José State University from organizing a live graduation celebration to recognize our more than 200 Fall 2020 graduates (and soon-to-be alumni)!
This year has presented our students, our college, and our communities with one challenge and hardship after another, from prioritizing our health and safety while simultaneously addressing educational inequities in response to COVID-19; to responding to acts of racial injustice and uprooting systemic racism; to surviving wildfires and dangerous air quality levels; and to navigating through a tumultuous election cycle. Despite all of these challenges and hardships, I have been proud to witness our students, faculty, and staff persevere and support one another throughout this year while continuing to make progress towards their personal, academic, and professional hopes, dreams, and goals. With that in mind, while we are unable to celebrate with our graduates in person at this time, it’s our priority to celebrate virtually with them to acknowledge their accomplishments and bring some closure to their academic experiences with us. We look forward to welcoming our graduates back to campus and celebrating in person together when it is safe to do so. – Dean Heather Lattimer
The Lurie College Graduation Celebration will take place online on Friday, December 18, at 4pm PST and begin with a college-wide ceremony that will include remarks from Dean Heather Lattimer, Associate Dean Marcos Pizarro, and student speaker Jacqueline Lopez Rivas, who is graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Child and Adolescent Development.
I’m so grateful and appreciative to have this opportunity to represent my peers as the graduation speaker. With everything that’s happened this year, it’s been challenging for us to find moments to celebrate. For me personally, I had previously taken a break from school and practicing self care made a huge difference in my life and in my ability to return to school and graduate. It takes hard work to heal because it’s not always easy to focus on the difficult things in our lives. However, that’s where having and practicing healthy and safe outlets come in. Having a support system, different meditation practices, and getting in touch with my creativity are all my personal examples. I’ve seen so much resilience, perseverence, and commitment from my peers as well, so I’m looking forward to all of us having the opportunity to celebrate our graduation and end this year on a great note. After we graduate, I hope that everyone continues to find joy, keep working towards their goals, and not be discouraged. – Jacqueline Lopez Rivas
Each Fall 2020 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, 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.
Since this semester’s experience is entirely digital, Lurie College has created some other digital items to add to the experience, such as:
San José State University as a whole is honoring and celebrating all Fall 2020 graduates by launching graduate recognition websites, which will go live on Friday, December 18, at 10am. Learn more on the SJSU Commencement website.
For me, graduating also goes beyond my own personal meaning. It carries great importance for my family, friends, community, and future generations, especially as someone who is Latinx, a woman, queer, and a first-generation college student entering the education profession. Sadly, I also have personal contacts and know of SJSU students who will never have the chance to graduate because their lives were cut short, so to me this graduation is in honor of all of them and is an opportunity that I am not taking for granted. – Jacqueline Lopez Rivas
Shoutout to Department of Special Education faculty Saili Kulkarni for sharing her reflections from our Conversation on Abolitionist Teaching with Dr. Bettina Love in November!
Bettina Love began her talk quoting W.E.B. Du Bois and how “we who are dark see America in a way that white people cannot.” Du Bois describes this idea of double consciousness or second sight that People of Color possess. As a scholar who has specifically adopted DuBois’ ideas of double consciousness into my own research with special education teachers of color (SETOCs), I am constantly reflecting on how we can reposition/reframe the knowledge and gifts of teachers of color. Teacher education programs are not framed in ways that see the importance or value the perspectives of “we who are dark.”
Join us on Friday, December 4, from 4-7pm to support students from across LurieCollege as they present their research, fieldwork experiences, co-curricular experiences, and more at our semi-annual Learning Showcase! The event will begin with a keynote from Ana Benderas, Director of ELA and Humanities at Quetzal Education Consulting; include a range of student presentations and panels; and conclude with small group discussions and prizes. Learn more about each of the sessions and RSVP at sjsu.edu/education/showcase.
As we enter into the Thanksgiving holiday, I want to take a moment to express my admiration and gratitude for each of you.
This semester has presented incredible challenges — a global pandemic, massive wildfires, a passionate movement for racial justice, and a contentious election. Throughout it all, you have persisted and found ways to thrive. You’ve demonstrated care and compassion for one another, offered creative solutions to problems, been resilient in navigating online courses and field placements, and championed changes that can make our college and our world more just, equitable, and inclusive. I am impressed and profoundly inspired by each you! Thank you for all that you contribute to our college and thank you for choosing to pursue academic and professional fields where your passion and commitment will have a transformative impact!
I hope that you are able to take time away from schoolwork in the coming days to rest, reflect, and enjoy time with family. This semester has been exhausting for everyone and a break is needed before we return for the final push. Please give yourself permission to take a break, turn off the computer, and put aside the “to do” lists. The break has been hard earned and is well deserved!
Building upon the strategic plan the SJSU Lurie College of Education established in January 2020, we have identified several racial justice priorities to continue to decolonize our own institution and the systems within which we operate.
Strategic Plan Identity Statement
At the SJSU Lurie College of Education, we prepare transformative educators, counselors, therapists, school and community leaders. We do this through an emancipatory approach across our teaching, scholarship, and service with a focus on the four areas below.
Community-Engaged: We strive to become the hub for community-centered, educational transformation in the region.
Examples of racial justice priorities:
Strengthen outreach and recruitment for prospective students with an emphasis on recruiting BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) applicants who are committed to racial justice
Identify/strengthen collaborations, student teaching, and internship placements/MOUs with local schools and colleges with high enrollment of BIPOC students and that are committed to anti-racist policies and practices
Strengthen outreach to BIPOC alumni to provide ongoing professional support and encourage their engagement with current students as mentors, fieldwork supervisors, and advocates
Provide open-access extra-curricular seminars, workshops, and colloquia for students and community partners to engage in interdisciplinary conversations to cultivate anti-oppressive, anti-racist policies, practices, and pedagogies within educational institutions
Launch of the Institute for Emancipatory Education. The mission of this P20 focused institute is to create more equitable and inclusive educational systems that nurture the creativity and brilliance of all learners so that our diverse, democratic society can truly thrive. The guiding principles of IEE are to center historically marginalized learners and communities, partner with community, and build bridges across institutions from preschool through post-secondary
Launch of the Healthy Development Clinic to be located in East Side San Jose to strengthen collaboration and engagement with local communities with an emphasis on equity through wellness for children, youth, and families
Culturally Sustaining: We value and sustain the linguistic and cultural practices of the communities we serve and make that the foundation of our work.
Examples of racial justice priorities:
Increase scholarship supports for BIPOC students committed to anti-racist priorities
Strengthen inclusion of BIPOC researchers and theorists in course syllabi
Recognize, value, and highlight scholarship from our faculty and students that focuses on issues of racial justice, educational equity, and culturally sustaining pedagogy and provide multiple venues to showcase this research for internal and external audiences
Implement learning outcomes assessment practices with an equity and culturally-sustaining approach
Holistic: We foster a caring and supportive community of belonging, connectedness, and appreciation.
Examples of racial justice priorities:
Cultivate a sense of belonging and connectedness with current students and provide intensive advising across the areas of academic, career, and personal/social development to ensure students, particularly those from BIPOC communities, are valued and included
Increase scholarship supports for BIPOC students committed to anti-racist priorities
Strengthen efforts to recruit diverse faculty and staff through targeted outreach, DEI training for hiring committees, and critical assessment of application review and interview procedures
Grow student representation in department- and college-level committees, including continued presence on the college strategic plan steering committee
Interdisciplinary: We learn together across and beyond the college, transforming schooling and benefitting our communities.
Examples of racial justice priorities:
Provide anti-racist, culturally sustaining, and intersectional professional learning workshops to faculty and staff. These may be led by internal faculty experts and/or external consultants
Engage faculty and staff in college-wide anti-racist affinity groups for BIPOC faculty and staff and white faculty and staff
Develop and launch new courses and programs that directly address issues of race, justice, and intersectionality
Critically examine coursework and pedagogical practices to ensure they reflect a lens of racial justice. Update course content, syllabi, and assignments to address systemic racism, racial justice, and intersectionality
Lurie College students, join Dean Heather Lattimer and Associate Dean Marcos Pizarro for a conversation on Thursday, November 19, from 3-4pm 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.
Watch the recording of our Lurie College Faculty Symposium from Thursday, October 29:
5:16 – Saili Kulkarni, PhD – Assistant Professor, Department of Special Education – “DisCrit at the Margins of Teacher Education”
30:04 – Tammie Visintainer, PhD – Assistant Professor, Department of Teacher Education – “Empowering Secondary Science Educators as Equity Advocates and Designers of Transformative Justice-Centered Science Learning Environments”
53:12 – Luis Poza, PhD – Assistant Professor, Department of Teacher Education – “To Be Seen and Heard: Dignity, Language, and Educational Rights in the United States”
Join us for the next symposium on Thursday, November 12, from 3-4pm, on Zoom
Eduardo Muñoz-Muñoz, PhD – Assistant Professor, Department of Teacher Education “The California Schools that are Coming: Towards Multilingual K-12 Programs beyond ‘Alignment’”
Rebeca Burciaga, PhD – Associate Professor and Interim Chair, Department of Educational Leadership “Testimonio as an Emancipatory Pedagogy”
It has been a long night, a long election season, a long four years of division and divisiveness. At this hour several states are still to be called and there is no clear outcome on the presidential election.
One thing is clear, however — there is much that needs to be done for us to become the just, equitable, and inclusive society that we deserve and our children demand. Regardless of who is ultimately declared the winner of this election, these past months have clearly and repeatedly demonstrated how broken we are as a nation.
You may feel discouraged or disillusioned by the electoral process or the election results. Identities and animosities have been inextricably linked with politics and elections can cause us to deeply question the values of our society and our place in it. If you are experiencing doubt, frustration, anger, fear, or sadness, please know that you are not alone. The faculty, staff and administration in our college and across our university are here for you. We value you, we care about you, and we believe in you. If you need support or have concerns, please email us at email@example.com – we are here to help.
The academic and professional fields that you have chosen to pursue matter now more than ever. As future educators, counselors, therapists, school and community leaders, you have the power to make change through your actions and advocacy. Though the challenge is formidable, I have full confidence in the ability of our students to make a difference and lead us toward a better future. Lurie College is here to support you every step of the way — Be courageous, be kind, be strong!